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Featuring a title longer that its subject’s oeuvre, Martin Sulík’s 2001 “film essay” The Key for Determining Dwarfs or the Last Travel of Lemuel Gulliver documents the life of Czech New Wave director Pavel Jurácek from his first feature film in 1963 up to his alcohol- and drug-addiction-related death in 1989. Combining home movies, period photographs, and re-enactments based on Jurácek’s diaries (starring son Marek Jurácek as his father), Sulík’s documentary offers a deeply personal perspective on the filmmaker’s most trying times—including the disintegration of his family and the dissolution of his career during the Soviet occupation of 1968. Dwarfs screens with Michaela Pavlatova’s 2001 On Grandma, an animated documentary about the life of her grandmother, as part of the EU Enlargement Week Film Fest at 6 p.m. at the Goethe-Institut’s Goethe-Forum, 812 7th St. NW. Free. (202) 289-1200. (Matthew Borlik)