Spotlight on Czech Films

SINGAPORE - The story of a Slovak Romany girl falling into prostitution is told in Made In Ash (R21, 2012, 84 minutes), screening on Tuesday. Slovakia's official entry to the Oscars, it starts with a portrait of a hopeful Dorotka (Dorotka Billa) who migrates to the western part of the country to work as a seamstress. Like thousands of other girls who make the move, Dorotka soon finds herself in financial trouble, and the sex trade beckons. The first fiction feature from documentary-maker Iveta Grofova employs non-actors and the use of animated illustrations.

Now in its second year and featuring films from the Czech and Slovak Republics, the programme includes Flower Buds (M18, 2011, 91 minutes, above inset), a blackly comic slice of family reality, and Innocence (M18, 2011, 98 minutes, main photo), a thriller about a doctor struggling to clear his name when a female teenage patient accuses him of molest.

The festival is presented by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Jakarta to mark Czech National Day on Monday.

Where: Screening Room, The Arts House
MRT: Raffles Place
When: Now till Thu, various times
Admission: Free