Red fog over Prague and Brno

By the late 1960s, Western Europe was swallowed by a red fog – radical leftist thinking inspired by Ho Chi Minh, Fidel Castro, and above all by Mao Zedong.

In some countries, protest movements gradually evolved from leftist democratic thinking into far-right and even ultraradical right. They gained significant influence among intellectuals and artists as well. One of the most ardent supporters of the movement was a Norwegian writer Dag Solstad, nowadays considered as the greatest living Norwegian writer.

Screening of the film Pedersen: High-School Teacher will be followed by a moderated discussion with experts on this subject: Helena Březinová and Barbora Skálová in Prague and Marek Sečkař and Walter Famler in Brno.


Where: Rock Café (Národní 20, Prague)
When: 29th Oct 2015 at 18:30
Tickets: 60 CZK / 50 CZK for members of the Scandinavian House
Tickets will be available at the place, reservation is not necessary.


Where: Art Cinema (Cihlářská 19, Brno)
When: 3rd Nov 2015 at 18:00
Tickets: 80 CZK / 60 CZK for students and members of the Scandinavian House
Please, make a reservation in advance at to make sure you get in.

PEDERSEN: HIGH-SCHOOL TEACHER (Norway; 2006, 123 min)

In the 1970s, Norway was a country caught in the storm of revolutionary political movements and opinion differences. This is particularly noticeable in Hans Petter Moland’s film, which is an adaptation of Dag Solstad’s novel – a testimony of an agitator.

Knut Pedersen, a young high-school teacher, falls in love with attractive Nina, who is
agitating for Marxism-Leninism and admiring romanticized image of the Soviet Union and China. He leaps by her side right into the exciting scene of political radicalism. Although blinded by idealism, he later does not fail to notice certain contradictions. His paradoxical situation creates, strengthened by the director’s hyperboles, absurd moments full of black humour.

Starring Ane Dahl Torp and Kristoffer Joner.

Film details at IMDb:

In Norwegian with Czech subtitles; discussion in Czech (Prague) and English (Brno).