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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

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

Film & German Studies,

University of Manchester

Films screening at this event

The Glass Room

Director
Julius Sevcik
Cast
Carice van Houten, Hanna Alström
Country
Czech Republic
Year
2019
Duration
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.

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