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.