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 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
The 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.
The film that started the Czechoslovak new wave is now out in the UK on a new DVD from Second Run. Štefan Uher’s groundbreaking film The Sun in a Net (Slnko v sieti) 1962 has developed a growing reputation in the last few years. Find out more on their website. Second Run have also produced a new trailer to go with the release.
Director of the 1960 film Vyšší princip (Higher Principle), Jiří Krejčík has died in Prague at the age of 95. See a tribute in Czech from Barrandov Studios here. Jiří also acted: he plays the character Mr Karel in Jiří Menzel’s Slavnosti sněženek (Snowdrop Festival 1984).
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 DVD 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Film poster at the Czech Lions Exhibition January 2013
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.
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.