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.
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.
A 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.
The 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.
Last 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
Always 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.
The 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:
The 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…