APR 19 - 24 Prague, Czech Republic: Svetozor & Aero
APR 21 - 24 Warsaw, Poland: Kino.LAB
APR 22 - 24 Budapest, Hungary: Toldi Mozi
MAY 1 - 5 Berlin, Germany: Arsenal
MAY 5 Vienna, Austria: Film Museum
MAY 9 - 10 Brno, Czech Republic: KinoArt
MAY 12 - 15 Havirov, Czech Republic: Kino Centrum
JULY 1 - 31 Frankfurt, Germany: Deutsches Filmmuseum
Jan 9 - 24 Los Angeles, CA: The Cinefamily
Jan 14 - 22 New York, NY: Film Society of Lincoln Center
JAN 15 - FEB 17 Silver Spring, MD (DC area): AFI Silver Theatre
Jan 17 - 18 Minneapolis, MN: Walker Art Center
Jan 23 - 27 Austin, TX: Austin Film Society
Jan 28 - 31 Boston, MA: Museum of Fine Arts
Feb 5 - 8 Seattle, WA: Northwest Film Forum
Feb 12 - 26 San Francisco, CA: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Mar 4 - 25 Pleasantville, NY: Jacob Burns Film Center
Mar 5 - 15 Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Cinematheque
Mar 12 - 22 Vancouver, BC, Canada: The CInematheque
Mar 14 - 22 Chicago, IL: Facets Cinematheque
Mar 21 - 28 Ottawa, ON, Canada: Canadian Film Institute
Mar 26 - 29 Portland, OR: Northwest Film Center
Mar 30 - Apr 8 Huntington, NY: Cinema Arts Centre
APR 9 - 14 Toronto, ON, Canada: TIFF Bell Lightbox
Nov 8 - 14 New York, NY: BAMcinématek
Nov 15 - Dec 6 Austin, TX: Austin Film Society
Jan 3 - 20 Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Cinematheque
Jan 24 New Haven, CT: Yale University
Jan 31 - Feb 5 Vancouver, BC, Canada: The CInematheque
FEB 11 - MAR 5 Los Angeles, CA: The Cinefamily
FEB 28 - MAR 4 Atlanta, GA: Film Love at Emory University
FEB 18 - 24 Rochester, NY: George Eastman House
FEB 21 - 27 Seattle, WA: Northwest Film Forum
Mar 6 - 20 Columbus, OH: Wexner Center for the Arts
MAR 14 - 20 Chicago, IL: Facets Cinematheque
APR 6 - 23 Berkeley/San Francisco, CA: Pacific Film Archive
APR 6 - 25 Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art
APR 19 - 28 Silver Spring, MD (DC area): AFI Silver Theatre
Apr 19 - 26 Cambridge, MA: Harvard Film Archive
APR 30 Huntington, NY: Cinema Arts Centre
MAY 6 Prague, Czech Republic: Kino Světozor
Ruben Östlund wins the coveted Palme d'Or, the main award of the Cannes Film Festival for his latest feature film THE SQUARE. The director has participated in the main competition at the festival for the first time next to luminaries like Michael Haneke, Hong Sang-soo and others.  An extensive retropective of the work of Jan Němec will take place in January 2017 at the International Film Festival Rotterdam as a tribute to the late filmmaker who passed away in March 2016. The retrospective will include the international premiere of THE WOLF FROM ROYAL VINEYARD STREET, the director's final feature film.  J. Hoberman reviews the just released DVD of the restored debut of Kelly Reichardt, RIVER OF GRASS.  The world premiere of Jan Němec's final feature film THE WOLF FROM ROYAL VINEYARD STREET takes place in competition of the upcoming Karlovy Vary IFF. The director sadly passed away in March before the last shooting day of the film, finished by his crew made of Nemec's former students.  Follow Ruben Östlund's THE SQUARE from pre-production to premiere on the Plattform Produktion Instagram feed.  “Kelly [Reichardt] is a master at her craft and one of the most distinct storytellers working in cinema today,” said Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films at the announcement of IFC Films aquiring US distribution rights to Reichardt's latest film CERTAIN WOMEN. “Along with her amazing cast [...] Kelly has created another treasure that confirms her as one of our great American filmmakers." Meanwhile in New York, RIVER OF GRASS Kelly Reichardt's debut feature in a newly restored version has its theatrical premiere at IFC Center screening with classics that inspired the filmmaker, starting Friday, March 11. EXCITING NEWS: Kelly Reichardt touring retrospective is coming soon. First clue: everything starts with the filmmaker in Prague! Ruben Östlund's FORCE MAJEURE nominated for the BAFTA Awards 2016 A new READER section added to the Jan Němec retrospective pages. Read a chapter from the filmmaker's autobiographical book of stories, excerpts from books by Peter Hames, Jiří Cieslar, and A.J. Liehm, and more. 
Jan Němec is in production of his 11th feature film, currently shooting in Cannes, revisiting 1968 when A REPORT ON THE PARTY AND GUESTS was shown in the main competition at the festival. 
NOW ON VIEW! Walker Art Center in Minneapolis hosted an onstage conversation between director Östlund and Dennis Lim, critic and FSLC Program Director. Enjoy! VARIETY says: "North American retrospective tour an inspiration for the ‘Force Majeure’ director" Ruben Östlund visits the vault of the Criterion Collection and speaks about his influences. ÖSTLUND'S YOUTUBE PLAYLIST added: See section RUBEN ÖSTLUND READER for the director's youtube inspirations and the most interesting texts on his films, interviews, and more… What it's like NOT getting an Oscar nomination? See Ruben Östlund and Erik Hemmendorff recording themselves through the Oscar snub.  Ruben Östlund & FORCE MAJEURE sweep a record six Swedish Film Awards - Guldbagge - for Best Film, Best Director, Best Script, Best Editing, Best Camera and Best Actor in Supporting Role.
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A production company based in New York, Comeback Company was founded by producer and independent film programmer Irena Kovarova. 

Having worked independently in New York in the field of repertory cinema since 2004, Irena founded Comeback Company in 2013 to further expand her film projects. Below is a selection of major film events that she has produced and/or curated.


A touring retrospective of the films from the 50-year career of the Czechoslovak New Wave enfant terrible, reaching 15 cities in North America and premiering at BAMcinématek (curator/producer)—more info at JAN NEMEC RETRO.


An annual film festival of current European cinema held in New York, in three venues in its fifth edition—the IFC Center, the Bohemian National Hall, and Museum of the Moving Image. The number of organizing partners grew from eight in the first year to 34 in the fifth. Attendance more than doubled from the first year to the fifth, totaling over 1,500 admissions in 2013. (Curator/producer) 

2013 Disappearing Act V
Screenings of 24 films with eight guests in three cinemas; expansion of the educational outreach program; and a panel discussion devoted to the streaming of European films in the U.S. (visit DAV Blog here for program details).

2012 Disappearing Act IV 
Screenings of 25 films with six guests, expansion to three cinemas; addition of an educational outreach program; and a panel discussion devoted to the presence of European cinema at universities in the U.S.

2011 Disappearing Act III
Screenings of 19 films with three guests and a panel discussion publicly launching the Subtitled Cinema Initiative.

2010 Disappearing Act II
Screenings of 18 films with one guest and a panel discussion on the distribution of foreign language films in the U.S.

2009 Disappearing Act: European Cinema from New Wave to New Wave 
Screenings of 18 films with three guests and a panel discussion on the access of foreign language films to cinemas in the U.S.

NEW CZECH FILMS_U.S. TOUR 2012 and Seven Annual NEW CZECH FILMS Series 2004–2010

A touring series of recent Czech films screening in eight cities that was organized in collaboration with the Czech Film Center, Czech Center New York, and Czech diplomatic offices and premiered in New York at BAMcinématek; the touring program originated as an annual series that ran in New York beginning in 2000, also at BAMcinématek. (Curator/co-producer)


Irena Kovarova has produced tours of thematic and filmmaker retrospectives in art cinema venues around the U.S. and Canada, with varying level of curatorial participation: 

2012–2013 The second major North American film retrospective of Jan Švankmajer, presented in 16 venues

2011 The second major film retrospective of František Vláčil in North America, presented in five American venues

2009 The first complete film retrospective of Karel Vachek in North America, presented in six venues

2008 A historical survey/retrospective of Slovenian Cinema, co-curated with the Film Society of Lincoln Center and presented in four venues in North America

2008 A complete film retrospective of Miloš Forman, co-curated with the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the premiering venue, and presented in 13 cities, including as part of the Regis Dialogue program at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis

2006–2007 A thematic retrospective, Czech Modernism: 1926-1949, co-curated with BAMcinématek in New York, the premiering venue, and presented in five cities.


Since 2007, Irena Kovarova has been the executive producer of a globally touring retrospective with guest speakers titled Muppets™, Music & Magic: Jim Henson’s Legacy, organized by the Jim Henson Legacy foundation; the series has had nearly 60 bookings around North America and in Australia, Argentina, the UK, and Singapore. 

In 2010, Irena curated and co-produced Cinema Belgrade, a  series of current Serbian cinema in New York.

Since 2005, Irena has been a representative of the Czech Film Center in North America.

During her 1999–2004 tenure as deputy and acting director at the Czech Center New York, Irena organized and co-curated (*) the following film programs: four annual editions of New Czech Films at BAMcinématek; a tour of Gustav Machatý’s Erotikon with live music accompaniment in 2000; touring film retrospectives of Pavel Juráček*, František Vláčil*, Jan Švankmajer*, Karel Zeman*, and Věra Chytilová*; and the series Czech Horror & Fantasy on Film and Czech Animation (each retrospective screened in 5–12 venues in North America).

RIVER OF GRASS (1994) RIVER OF GRASS (1994) Titled after the Native American name for the region, River of Grass tells the story of a thirty-something mother of three who runs away from boredom and her family. Restless and on a quest to find excitement, she meets an equally lost soul, a man-child hanging out in a local bar. What follows is a hilarious “crime” spree of the clueless pair on the run. OLD JOY (2006) OLD JOY (2006) Two longtime friends set on a weekend camping trip in the Oregon woods. One has remained faithful to the freewheeling life of their youth, avoiding any decisions that can’t be taken back. The other one has settled down, and is soon to become a father. By the end of the journey, they’ll either face off or find out what holds them together. WENDY AND LUCY (2008) WENDY AND LUCY (2008) In this formally minimalist drama, the title heroine, Wendy, sets out on a cross-country drive with her dog, Lucy, in the hope of finding a well-paying job in Alaska’s fish processing plants. When the car breaks down, it plunges her even deeper into despair, threatening to unravel her already dire circumstances.  MEEK’S CUTOFF (2010) MEEK’S CUTOFF (2010) Oregon, 1845. A group of settlers with a hired guide, Stephen Meek, make the trek from Missouri with the dream of staking out land in the West for a prosperous future. We make the trek along with them, from a lush, water-filled landscape to the dried-out, dusty, windy, and unforgiving high desert.  NIGHT MOVES (2013) NIGHT MOVES (2013) Night is the setting for all of the most dramatic events in this thrilling story of three Oregon-based radical environmentalists who seek to bring the masses to recognize the impending doom of Earth’s depletion through an act of extreme sabotage. But they aren’t prepared for the unintended consequences of their actions.


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