TO DEC. 5

The two films featured this week in the annual overview of recent Czech moviemaking could hardly be more different. Vladimír Morávek’s Bored in Brno (at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21) is an abundantly populated farce that playfully illustrates the demographic factoid that 150,000 people have sex in the Czech Republic’s second-largest city on a typical Saturday night. Though the central characters are a “slow” provincial man and his virginal Brno pen pal, a half-dozen other couples flit through the narrative. Tomas Hejtmanek’s Sentiment (pictured; at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20) is an arty elegy for director Frantisek Vlácil that combines the latter’s own commentary—with an actor speaking the words of the recently deceased Vlácil—with clips from his films, notably the famously mystical (or controversially impenetrable) Marketa Lazarova. The other films are The Brats (at 9:10 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19), in which a Prague couple moves to the country for the sake of the kids, two of them adopted Roma, but find that clean air and tolerance don’t always go together; Smart Philip (at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4), which has some fun with the American hard-boiled-detective tradition, with noted Czech comedian Tomás Hanák as Philip Marlowe; and The Pied Piper (at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, and at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29), an update of the well-known children’s tale. (Sentiment and Bored in Brno also screen on at 7:45 and 9:20 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, respectively.) The series runs through Dec. 5 (see Showtimes for a complete schedule) at the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $8.50. (301) 495-6700. (Mark Jenkins)