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…