Kooky comes home…

KookyThis Sunday, 14 April 2013, sees the UK premiere of Jan Svěrák’s Kooky (Kuki se vraci 2010). It tells the tale of a teddy bear who leaves home…..

The screening is promoted by the Czech Centre London and takes place at The Little Angel Theatre, Islington.

Jan Svěrák is one of the top Czech directors, probably best know for Oscar winning Kolya (1996) starring and written by his father Zedenek Svěrák.
You can see Jan Svěrák’s very own posting of his English language trailer here:

You can find Czech language clips on the making of the film in the same place. The film is a combination of live action, stop motion and puppet animation. The animation was done at double speed to make the movement appear more realistic.

One World Echoes

One World EchoesThe Czech Centre London is bringing films from the Prague based One World (Jeden svět) Human Rights Film Festival to the UK between April and June

The One World Echoes season starts at The Frontline Club, on Thursday 11 April at 7pm with the screening of Amazing Azerbaijan! See an interview with Azerbaijani lawyer Intigam Aliyev following his Homo Homini award for promoting human rights at the opening ceremony of the 2013 One World  Festival in Prague.

One World Echoes London is part of an international tour celebrating the 15th anniversary of One World, Europe´s largest human rights film festival established in Prague in 1998 by Czech NGO People in Need.

Vlačil lives again!

Marketa LazarovaA major retrospective of the films of František Vlačil begins in Prague tonight with a screening of Marketa Lazarová and finishes with the same film on 3 May 2013.

The cycle takes place at Bio Ponrepo, the cinema of the Czech National Film Archive. Between the two screenings of Vlačil’s most regarded film there is a season of many of his other films including documentaries and shorts.



The cycle is billed as “The Second life of František Vlačil” by the NFA, referring to the gradual rehabilitation of his reputation, which has been growing outside the Czech Republic before catching on there.


UK premiere of Lidice

Lidice shall liveThe Gate Cinema in London hosts the UK premiere of Lidice on Tuesday 19 March 2013. The film portrays the razing of the village of Lidice, north-west of Prague, by Nazi Germany following the assassination of Reich Protector Reinhard Heydrich in the  spring of 1942. All the men in the village were executed and women and children sent to concentration camps.


See the trailer for the film here:

New film from Helena Třeštíková

Voyta LavickaLast night saw the premier of Vojta Lavička: Nahoru a dolů (Vojta Lavička: ups and downs) at Kino Světozor, Prague as part of the One World Human Rights Film Festival. The film tells the story over 16 years of the personal successes and trials of Czech Roma Vojta Lavička. The film provokes questions about the freedom of Roma to make positive decisions about their lives within Czech society. Director Helena Třeštíková introduced the film and answered questions afterwards. I’m sorry to say I was too shy to get a photo of her and her daughter Hana Třeštíková, producer of the film, so you’ll have to make do with the poster on the door to Světozor

Here’s the trailer for the film that screens in the Czech Republic from 4 April 2013

Austrialian Film Festival

cassffaAlways nice to see Czech and Slovak films being screened around the world.

We’ve just hear about the Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia. It’s being held In Melbourne from the 5th to 9th June 2013.
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. We’re looking forward to find out more about the festival and their programme.

Two Czechoslovak classics from 1970 in London

If you’re quick you can catch a couple of classic Czechoslovak  films from 1970 at Riverside Studios in London. Second Run, the DVD distributors are putting on The Ear (Ucho) and Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (Valerie a týden divů) on at the Riverside tonight, Monday 18 February 2013.

Short films, big impact…

short filmsThe Czech National Film Archive is showing some of the best short Czechoslovak films of the 60’s this Saturday, 16 February at it’s Bio Ponrepo screen in the centre of Prague. It’s part of their autumn and spring cycle of Czech new wave films shown every weekend with english subtitles.

Here’s a list of the films being shown starting at 8pm:

Jaromil Jireš / Sál ztracených kroků / 1960 / 11 min.

Jiří Brdečka / Špatně namalovaná slepice / 1963 / 12 min.

Václav Mergl / Proměny / 1964 / 4 min.

Jiří Trnka / Ruka / 1965 / 17 min.

Jan Švankmajer / Et cetera / 1966 / 6 min.

Jiří Gold / Rafel mai amech izabi almi / 1969 / 9 min.

Jan Švankmajer / Tichý týden v domě / 1969 / 18 min.

Free Citizen K!

ObcanK_ZTOHOVEN_posterA3_ENCitizenK (ObčanK), the film by the Czech art group Ztohoven has it’s UK premiere this weekend, and it’s free!

The Red Gallery in London is showing the film on Sunday 17 February 2013, followed by a Q&A with Ztohoven. Doors open at 7pm, the film starts at 8pm. You can book in on the facebook event page.

The event has been put on in association with the Czech Centre London and is supported by the Czech Embassy in London.


See the trailer here:

Občan K. / Citizen K. / Der Bürger K. from Občan K. on Vimeo.



NFA on Fire tonight!

The Czech National Film Archive celebrates the digital restoration of one of the best known Czech films from the 1960s with a fire themed night at Bio Ponrepo in Prague today, 8 February 2013.

Hori ma panenkoThe Fireman’s Ball (Hoří, má panenko) by Miloš Forman is being shown alongside a collection of little seen fire related documentaries from 1915 to the 1960s. I’m particularly taken by Hračky plačky (1959),  by unsung cameraman Julius Vegricht, that seems to translate as Baby/toy crying, a puppet film about Zuzana who plays with matches…