Mamas & Papas to have international premiere in Hamptons
by Theodore Schwinke
Czech film Mamas & Papas [+see also:
film profile] will have its international premiere in the Narrative Feature Film competition at the Hamptons International Film Festival (October 7–11) in East Hampton, Southampton, Montauk and Sag Harbour, New York.
Mamas & Papas is the fourth film of director Alice Nellis. Her 2002 film Some Secrets won several international awards, including Best New Director at San Sebastian. Her previous film, Little Girl Blue [+see also:
film profile] (2007), won the grand prize at the Finále festival of Czech films in Plzeň as well as the Critics' Award at the Czech academy awards.
The film tells four stories connected to the theme of parenthood. The characters in the film contend with difficult decisions. One couple is expecting a child which they cannot support. Another couple wrestles with the dilemma of an unwanted pregnancy. Still another pair seeks to adopt, while a fourth family loses a child.
“It's about being parents [but] not necessarily being happy parents or actually having a child. Being a parent, in this kind of vision, is more about coming to an age where you have to decide if you will be a parent. It's a decision you make,” Nellis said.
Mamas & Papas is produced by U.F.O. Pictures with the support of the State Fund for the Support and Development of Czech Cinematography and the MEDIA Programme. The cast includes Zuzana Bydžovská (A Country Teacher [+see also:
interview: Bohdan Slama
film profile]), Martha Issová (Night Owls), Filip Čapka (Kooky [+see also:
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