The Oscar-nominated 'The Fireman's Ball' is the final film that director Miloš Forman made in Czechoslovakia before going into exile in the United States.
In their small-town meeting hall, a maladroit committee of volunteer firefighters holds a ball to celebrate the retirement of one of their own, but thanks to poor planning and lack of leadership, the evening quickly devolves into a catastrophe. Nobody can prevent the lottery prizes from being stolen out from under the very noses of those guarding them. A beauty contest turns into an embarrassing farce, and the brigade can't even respond properly to a real fire next door.
"One of the films of my adolescence. It’s a very good example of how you can make a comedy, but at the same time speak about something important, without ever overstepping the line. It’s realistic, but also so funny and speaks so well about the period of the Communist regimes in Eastern Europe" - Cristian Mungiu