There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
For more than 10 years, Czech animator Michaela Pavlátová has created painterly vignettes on the human condition. Living half the time in Praguewell-known for its citizens’ prodigious talents in the mediumPavlátová utilizes a subtle and scratchy style more akin to the National Film Board of Canada’s animated output than the surrealistic puppet-dominated worlds created by her countrymen. Focusing on your typical male-female communication breakdowns, Pavlátová’s films pointedly forgo dialogue in favor of playful visual symbols. In Recùi Recùi Recùi, an arguing couple spout sharp-toothed blobs that devour one another in a crowded cafe filled with the multicolored amorphics of conversation. In Repete, Pavlátová’s signature wavy humanoids play out scenarios in rhythmic cycles suggestive of destructive relationships: They are doomed to repeat the same mistakes and enslaved to their own desires. Share in Pavlátová’s obsession with dysfunction at 7:30 p.m. at the Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW. Free. (202) 274-9100. (Chad Molter)