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“Freedom Film Festival, 1997/1998”

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival has become the place to showcase Eastern European films, especially those that address the 45 years of tyranny and censorship that plagued serious filmmaking behind the Iron Curtain. This selection of films from the Czech festival features five 1996 entries and two blasts from the infamous past. Made in 1977, Andrej Wajda’s Man of Marble satirizes the brief public career of a Polish worker hero while expressing the frustration that was soon to lead to the Polish workers’ revolt (pictured, Dec. 5 at 8:30 p.m.). Also, director Orlando Leal will screen his 1961 short, P.M., and discuss the furor its portrait of Havana’s working-class bars inadvertently caused (Dec. 6 at 8:45 p.m.). The new films featured are Poznan ’56, a Polish film about a 1956 workers strike (Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m.); Dollybirds, in which a 1961 Hungarian talent contest offers the winner the possibility of traveling to the West (Dec. 3 at 8:45 p.m); The Forgotten Light, the story of a Czech priest who battles the authorities over the fate of a small church (Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m.); Assassination: An Autumn Murder in Munich, a fictionalized account of a Ukrainian nationalist who was killed, possibly by the KGB (Dec. 4 at 8:45 p.m. & Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.); and Boomerang, in which a suddenly discredited Stalin loyalist find himself imprisoned in a Czech labor camp with some of his former victims (Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. & Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.). At the Kennedy Center’s American Film Institute Theater. $6.50. (202) 785-4600. (Mark Jenkins)