Karel Zeman museum takes off…

The Karel Zeman museum in Prague celebrates its first birthday today. They’re celebrating with Karel Zeman’s daughter Ludmila who is unveiling costumes from Zemans films now on display. The Fundus (costume department) at Barrandov is lending costumes from the films on a regular basis. They both hope the joint activity will boost film tourism in the capital.

The Museum is also promising the digital release on DVD of Na Kometě (On the Comet 1970).

The museum has a great website and an active facebook page.

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Made in Prague: Oscar nominations show in London

Burning_Bush_poster my dog killer

Burning Bush and My Dog Killer are part of the Made in Prague season at the Riverside Studios, London this November.

This years programme has a Czech-o-Slovak flavour, with films from both countries showing in celebration of their long and linked film cultures.

Burning Bush (Hořící keř) tells the story of Jan Palach from 1969. My Dog Killer (Môj pes killer) depicts life in Czech/Slovak border country. Both are respectively the Czech and Slovak Oscar nominations. They show at the Riverside Studios on the weekend 10-11 November.

The Made in Prague season is supported by the Czech Centre London.

See trailers for both films here:

The long wait for Ikarie XB-1 is over

Ikarie XB-1The UK release on DVD of the Czechoslovak sci-fi classic Ikarie XB-1 (1963) takes place on 9 September.  Ikarie XB-1 is said to have influenced both Gene Rodenberry’s Star Trek and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. The long awaited release  by  Second Run DVD is accompanied by cinema screenings of the film as part of this year’s Scalarama festival. It shows in these cinemas during September:

Wednesday 4 September 19:30
Star and Shadow Cinema Stepney Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2NP
Thursday 5 September 20:00
Riverside Studios 1 Crisp Road, Hammersmith  W6 9RL
Thursday 12 September18:30
Stratford Picturehouse Salway Road, Stratford E15 1BX
Friday 13 September and Saturday 14 September20:45
QUAD The Market Place, The Cathedral Quarter, Derby  DE1 3AS
Friday 13 September 20:45
Phoenix Leicester 4 Midland Street, Leicester LE1 1TG
Tuesday 24 September20:30
The Gulbenkian University of Kent, Canterbury Kent CT2 7NB

More a of a teaser than a trailer, but here’s a quick preview:

2-0 away at Jihlava

zive_kino_titulni_obrazekThe warm up for this year’s Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival kicks off this weekend with a showing of Two Nil (Dva nula 2012) at the FC Vysočina Jihlava stadium on Friday 23 August. The film covers a Prague Derby match between Sparta and Slavia. Gambrinus League team FC Vysočina Jihlava play Slavia at home on Saturday.

The fun doesn’t stop there, Fortress (Pevnost 2012)) shows at the town railway station and Citizen K (Občan K 2012) plays in the town’s Březinova housing estate as part of the 10th Living Cinema event. The sixth Living Cinema event takes place in Prague showing previews of films in this year’s Czech Joy competition in the editing rooms!

The laid back and popular festival takes place across the town from 24-29 October 2013.

Rare Slovak film treat on screen and DVD

The Sun in a Net ( Slnko v sieti), the 1960 film by Slovak director Štefan Uher shows in London on Thursday 25 July 2013. Riverside Studios are showing the film alongside short film (40m) Joseph Kilián (Postava k podpírání) made in 1963 by Pavel Jurácek and Jan Schmidt, and “banned for life” in 1969 following the Soviet occupation after the Prague Spring. The screening is co-organised by the Czech Centre in London, both have English subtitles.

The Sun in a Net is then released on DVD by Second Run DVDThe Sun in a Net in August 2013. Second Run follow this with the release of cult space classic Ikarie XB-1 in September, but more about that in a post of it’s own. Find out more about The Sun in a Net in this review or Joseph Kilián in this one.


You can see a Czech-Slovak trailer here:




Karel Reisz: This Filming Life, UK premiere today

Saturday Night, Sunday Morning, This Sporting Life, We Are The Lambeth Boys, Morgan: A Suitable Case For Treatment. Film doesn’t come much more “British” than that….

Film poster at the Czech Lions Exhibition January 2013

Film poster at the Czech Lions Exhibition January 2013

The link between them all is Karel Reisz, born in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, and brought up there until he escaped Nazi persecution at the age of 12.

A Czech biography screens in London today, 23 June as part of the Open City Docs Fest. The film was released in October last year, and today is it’s UK premiere. The screening is followed by a discussion with the director and producer of the film; chaired by Stephen Frears, who worked with Reisz. You can find a trailer for the film here.

Great chance to see Czech and Slovak cinema in Australia


Only a few hours to go before the first night of the Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia in Melbourne. First night and first festival. 

The opening night features both animation and 60s new wave cinema with the screening of Slovak director Štefan Uher’s The Sun in a Net (1962) and both A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1959) and The Hand (1965) by Legendary animator Jiří Trnka.

Other films showing include major Czech Lion winner In the Shadow (2012) at the opening gala on 6 June, Private Universe (2012), the Blue Tiger, Alois Nebel and to close the festival on 9 June: Flower Buds. Their great  website gives more details on each film.

Here’s the trailer for the festival:


Three UK premieres for Czech documentaries

Three recent Czech documentaries get their UK premières at the Open City Docs Fest in June. Two of the films are also part of One World Echoes, bringing films to London from the Prague based human rights documentary film festival.

First up is Fortress, filmed in a forgotten corner of the post cold war world. Transdniestre lies between Moldova and Unkraine, and is propped up by Russia. The film was made at some risk to the filmakers and won the CZECH JOY – Best Czech Documentary Film award at the Jihlava international Documantary Film Festival in 2012. It shows at the Frontline Club  at 7pm on Wednesday 19 June and is followed by a Q&A with Lukáš Kokeš, who directed the film alongside Klára Tasovská.

On Sunday Karel Reisz, This Filming Life shows for the first time at 3pm in the Darkroom at the UCL base of Open City Docs Fest. The screening is followed by a Q&A led by Stephen Frears with the director and the producer.

At 5pm in the Lightbox Stone Games plays. This documentary received a special mention at Jihlava, and was show at the One World Festival in March 2013.