WEDNESDAY

The Czech contribution to cinema ranks near the same lofty heights as its notable contribution to literature. Milos Forman is the best-known filmmaker to emerge from the “Czech New Wave,” but world-class directors such Jirí Menzel, Karel Kachyna, Jan Svankmajer, and Vera Chytilová also emerged from that same scene. If the collection of short films by director Pavel Marek and photographic director Roman Vcelak in the Embassy of the Czech Republic’s “The Dead Forest and Other Bullshit” film series is any indication, those New Wave filmmakers have a taste for innovation on the next wave, as well. A four-film collection of works from the late ’80s and early ’90s, “Bullshit” is a series of odd and moving vignettes, rendered in a simple but ironic fashion. The surreal dreamscape and carnivalesque music of Birthday Party in a Park (1987) prove highly unsettling, and the high black-and-white drama of memory and age in 1992’s Harvest is evocative and eerie. Prague itself—and the Charles Bridge—is the backdrop for a Dadist parable in Tutor to Fear (1989), and 1990’s Dead Forest (pictured) oozes a corrupt sexuality. There’s a lyric, spoken poetry to all four films that matches their visual power. Altogether, “The Dead Forest and Other Bullshit” is simply arresting. The screenings are introduced by Marek at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW. Free. (202) 274-9100. Please call ahead to verify that this event is happening. (Richard Byrne)