Event details

Followed by a panel discussion with Dr Tereza Topolovska (English Language and Literature, Charles University, Prague) and Professor Cathy Gelbin (Film & German Studies, University of Manchester), moderated by Professor Ewa Mazierska (Film Studies, University of Central Lancashire).

Attending this event

Ewa Mazierska

Ewa Mazierska is Professor of Film Studies, at the University of Central Lancashire. She published over thirty monographs and edited collections on film and popular music. They include Popular Viennese Electronic Music, 1990-2015: A Cultural History (Routledge: 2019), Poland Daily: Economy, Work, Consumption and Social Class in Polish Cinema (Berghahn, 2017) and Popular Music in Eastern Europe: Breaking the Cold War Paradigm (Palgrave, 2016). Mazierska’s work was translated into over twenty languages. She is principal editor of Routledge journal, Studies in Eastern European Cinema.

Tereza Topolovska

Tereza Topolovská is a lecturer at the Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Education, Charles University, Prague, where she teaches courses on British Literature and Postcolonial Literatures. She received her doctoral degree from the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in 2016. Her research focuses on spatial poetics, primarily the conception of dwelling and depiction of architecture in contemporary British literature. She has participated in international conferences and published articles on Simon Mawer, E.M. Forster, Iris Murdoch and J.G. Ballard. Her monograph, The Country House Revisited: Variations on a Theme from Forster to Hollinghurst, was published by Karolinum Press in 2017.

Cathy Gelbin

Cathy S. Gelbin (PhD, MA Cornell University) is Professor of Film and German Studies at the University of Manchester. A film historian and cultural studies scholar, she has worked on Holocaust representations and modern German-Jewish culture with particular interest in issues of gender, sexuality and race. She is co-editor of the Leo Baeck Institute Year Book (Oxford Journals) and serves on the Board of Directors and Trustees of the Leo Baeck Institute London. Recent publications include Cosmopolitanisms and the Jews (2017) and Jews on the Move: Modern Cosmopolitanist Thought and its Others (co-ed., 2018), both with Sander L. Gilman.

Films screening at this event

The Glass Room

Julius Sevcik
Carice van Houten, Hanna Alström
Czech Republic
103 min

Czechoslovakia, 1930s. Liesel and her Jewish industrialist husband Viktor build a modernist family home, an architectural masterpiece representing a bright future. That future, however, doesn’t materialise: as the Nazis occupy the country, Liesel and her best friend Hana, who is, too, married to a Jewish man, have to sacrifice all they have to save their families. When they meet again, years later, the house, now the property of the Communist Party, is in ruins but their feelings for each other are as strong as ever. Based on the Man Booker-shortlisted novel of the same name and inspired by Mies van der Rohe-designed landmark Villa Tugendhat in Moravia, The Glass Room is a breathtakingly stylish and quietly transgressive drama.

Please note the film includes some scenes of a sexual nature and nudity.