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Film: Accumulator 1 screens at Bistro Bohem - Sept. 15, 7 pm

  • Bistro Bohem 600 Florida Avenue, NW Washington, DC (map)

Bistro Bohem, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic, will screen the film Accumulator 1 (Akumulátor 1) on September 15, at 7 pm, as part of the Film and Beer Series. 

Winning the Czech Lion Awards for best editing and most popular film in 1994, director Jan Svěrák's sci-fi comedy uncovers why  energyis draining from people as they sit in front of their TV sets.

Location: Bistro Bohem
600 Florida Avenue, NW, Washington, DC


Please make a reservation to see the film as space is limited:

For all reservations, please arrive at Bistro Bohem by 6:45 pm!

Admission is free.


Accumulator 1 | Akumulátor 1

1994, 102 min., Czech with English subtitles

In this sci-fi drama, Olda (Petr Forman) suffers from a total lack of energy and falls into a coma. Natural healer Fišárek (Zdeněk Svěrák) tries to rejuvenate him. He learns that Olda has an “alter ego” inside the TV that utilizes the energy from the real Olda every time he tunes into the television. Can Olda resist watching TV and live a more fulfilling life in the real world, or will the television world, devoid of worries and full of joy and happiness, take over?       

About the Director:

Jan Svěrák is an award-winning director and screenwriter born in 1965. He studied documentary filmmaking at the Film and Television Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague from 1983-1988. In the 90s, heswitched to feature filmmaking and became one of the most successful directors of his generation. His most acknowledged film Kolya won both a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1997. He also has created a string of acclaimed movies with his father, Zdeněk Svěrák, one of the most famous actors and screenwriters in the Czech Republic.

Many of Jan Svěrák's films enjoy great popularity among Czech audiences. Phrases from the films can often be heard in daily life. 


Czech Lion Awards for best editing and most popular film (1994)
Media Prize at the 1994 Venice International Festival (Italy, 1994)
Grand Prize at the 7th Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival (Japan, 1996)

About the Series:

This marks the fourth year of the Film and Beer Series at Bistro Bohem. The series this year focuses on the work of acclaimed screenwriter and actor Zdeněk Svěrák, who is renowned for the Oscar-winning film Kolya. All of the films will screen in Czech with English subtitles. Each screening includes one free beer as well as an introduction by a representative from the Czech Embassy. All screenings are subject to change. The screenings take place the third Tuesday of every month.

Upcoming Screenings in 2015:                                
Sept. 15, 7 pm        Accumulator 1 | Akumulátor 1  
Oct. 20, 7 pm         Ruffiano and Sweeteeth | Lotrando a Zubejda     
Nov. 17, 7 pm        Jára Cimrman Lying, Sleeping | Jára Cimrman ležící, spící 
Dec. 15, 7 pm         The Three Veterans | Tři veteráni        


The Mutual Inspirations Festival runs from September 3-November 21, 2015, with an array of events, including theatrical performances and readings, concerts, panel discussions, lectures, screenings, exhibitions, and a special children's workshop at select venues throughout the Washington, DC community. Highlights of this year’s festival include a jazz-age evening of music and dance, theatrical readings with music of the new work R.U.R.: A Retro-Futuristic Musical, the world premiere of War with the Newts adapted by Natsu Onoda Power, a robotics demonstration and lecture with Czech robotics expert Vladimír Mařík, a panel discussion on R.U.R. and the Rationalized World, and a Lego Robotics Workshop for children facilitated by the Great Adventure Lab. Additional noted speakers include Templeton Prize-winner Tomáš Halík and theatre/ interactive media arts scholar Jana Horáková. 

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