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Josephine

Film/Video

Josephine

Josephine
Introduced by the director Rajko Grlic, 2002
Fri, Oct 18, 2002 7 PM

Grlic's latest feature, Josephine follows the misadventures of a hapless young man from rural Bohemia who, in 1991, is finally free to cross newly open borders.

Jan, a cheese-maker from a small village in Bohemia, is on a mission. Now able to procure a passport, he's free to fulfill his father's dream: to find a black woman resembling legendary diva Josephine Baker and spend a night with her.

After fulfilling that dream in "Hollywood," a brothel in Hamburg, Jan is trapped by an American pimp who confiscates his cherished passport until he repays his "debts." Jan is trapped, but his confinement allows for a friendship with an East German dancer and former zoologist (Maria Schrader) to turn into a uniquely post-Cold War love story. (97 mins.)

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