film screening and discussion

The Hope

Odjazd Film Club meeting

  • Lucin works in a declining gravel pit; he is a loner and an occasional thief. When the consequences of a failed theft attempt turn out to be particularly harsh, a prostitute Magdalena unexpectedly comes to his aid. Despite numerous disappointments, both protagonists, who have experienced life, gradually shed their masks of cynicism and frigidity to reveal their true nature of fragile, sensitive people looking for closeness.

    • The Hope is an extraordinary, if somewhat forgotten film by Karel Kachyňa next to Miloš Forman and Jiři Menzel, one of the most important Czechoslovak New Wave filmmakers, who received a lifetime achievement award at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival (1990). Subtle psychological analysis meets touching lyricism, contrasted with the bleak realism of the industrial surroundings, a joy of life despite everything. Great performances by Hana Hegerová and Rudolf Hrušínský in the main roles make The Hope a true gem of Czech cinematography!

  • Why does Czech cinema love losers? How does the film fit into the Czechoslovak New Wave? How can the language of cinema convey the truth about human relationships? We will try to answer these and many other questions together with our club's expert, dr Mariola Dopartowa (PhD). We invite you to the screening and discussion, during which you will be able to ask questions and share your ideas on how to interpret the film. What do you think The Hope is about? We want to hear your opinion!


  • Dr Mariola Dopartowa (PhD)
    • (in publications until 2002, Mariola Jankun-Dopartowa) literature and film historian, publisher, screenwriter, author of books for children, certified caregiver and rehabilitator of neurocognitive disorders in dementia, volunteer in palliative care. In 1989-2010, she worked at the Institute of Audiovisual Arts of the Jagiellonian University, in 2010-2012 she was a lecturer at the Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow, later she taught at the Polish Film Academy of the Polish Film Institute (PISF) and received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as a screenwriter. Her doctoral dissertation, obtained at the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IS PAN), brought her the 1st Klemens Szaniawski Award and (published two years later as Gorzkie kino Agnieszki Holland [Agnieszka Hollands Bitter Cinema]) the Bolesław Michałek Award for the best film book of 2001 and the Rector Award of the Jagiellonian University. Author of books on film and culture, including: Labirynt Polańskiego [Polański's Labyrinth], Czy kino może nawrócić? Wokół Pasji" Mela Gibsona [Can Cinema Convert? Around Mel Gibson's Passion]; collective books: Człowiek z ekranu. Z antropologii postaci filmowej [Man of the Screen. From the anthropology of the film character], co-edited by M. Przylipiak, and Kino: obiekt uczuć czy przedmiot badań. W dialogu z myślą filmową i twórczością Rafała Marszałka [Cinema: object of feelings or object of research. In Dialogue with Film Thought and Works of Rafał Marszałek], co-edited by M. Oleszczyk. She has published many articles on cinema and social issues (e.g. in Kino, Studia Filmoznawcze, Kwartalnik filmowy, Tygodnik Solidarność, Arcana).