The Czech Centre in London is working overtime this year to bring us the regular Made in Prague film season in London, while also co-presenting the Jan Švankmajer retrospective in Brighton.
This years Made in Prague season celebrates the twin and linked film cultures of the Czech and Slovak Republics. This year is also the 20th anniversary of the split of Czechoslovakia into two separate countries.
The programme features new and classic Czech and Slovak films. New films include Burning Bush and My Dog Killer as previously reported.
Two highlights of the weekend 9-11 November include films and personal appearances by two legends of Czech and Slovak cinema. Jiří Menzel is here for the UK premiere of his most recent film, The Don Juans. Also screening is his Oscar winning Closely Observed Trains ( Ostře sledované vlaky 1966). Jiří is 75 this year. Here’s a recent interview by Film New Europe.
Also celebrating his 75th birthday is Juraj Jakubisko, the Prague based Slovak director. He is here for the screening of the film Birds, Orphans and Fools (Vtáčkovia, siroty a blázni 1969), a film that bears comparison with those of Truffaut and Goddard, and one that was banned for some years under the communist regime.
Here’s a clip from the film:
His best known film in the UK is probably Báthory (2008), starring Anna Friel.
Find out more about the season on the facebook page.
The Czech National Film Archive celebrates it’s 70th anniversary this year. You can join in the celebrations by watching early Czech films on the Doc Alliance website. Ten short films are streaming for free until 30 October.
See also this story on Film New Europe.
The Inner life of Objects opens at the University of Brighton Gallery today. It’s a major celebration of the work of the legendary Czech surrealist Jan Švankmajer running from 11 October to 2 December 2013.
The exhibition is presented by CINECITY Brighton Film Festival in partnership with the the Czech Centre, London. CINECITY is holding a complete retrospective of Švankmajer’s films during the festival that starts on 14 November. You can find out more on the dates, times and venues for the films on the Czech Centre’s website.
The exhibition is free. There are a limited number of special passes available for the whole season of screenings and events for just £25. Tickets go on sale on Monday 25 Ocober.
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.