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A diverse programme of Czech films in the Saxon capital

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1st Czech Film Week in Dresden, 20 – 26 October 2011On Thursday 20 October 2011 the 1st Czech Film Week will start up in two Dresden cinemas Thalia and Programmkino Ost. They will be introducing new feature and documentary films, humorous short films and a Bohdan Sláma retrospective. The director will personally be participating in a debate on his films with film journalist Andreas Körner (Sächsische Zeitung).The 1st Czech Film Week is taking place as part of the 13th Days of Czech and Germ...

..fascinating, threatening and surreal! Jan Švankmajer Retrostrospective in Dresden

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  A series of screenings of remarkable feature films by Czech surrealist, artist and animator Jan Švankmajer is set to open on Wednesday, February 2, 2011, in Dresden's Thalia theatre. The series runs until April 2, and is organized by Czech Film Center in cooperation with the German Institute of Animated Film (DIAF).   Jan Švankmajer's cinematic adaptations are inspired by the "visionaries of consciousness," Lewis Carroll, Edgar Allen Poe and Marquis de Sade. Th...

The New Czech Cinema 2010/ 14th Czech Film Festival Press Release

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 Now celebrating its 14th year, the annual Czech festival presents this year a selection of award-winning new Czech features, and demonstrates an increased interest in exploring subjects dealing with the years of Nazi occupation, the different decades of domination by Soviet communism and more traditionally dreams and fantasy as seen in the latest Svankmajer’s movie fresh from Venice and London Film Festival. The season kicks off with Marek Najbrt’s Protector (2009) in the Gala scree...

Czech Film Festival in London: N°14

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14th Czech Film Festival 11.11.2010 - 26.11.2010 at Prince Charles Cinema, Riverside Studios, Barbican Centre, The Tricycle The annual Czech film festival focuses in its 14th year on contemporary Czech cinema, unveiling an impressive lineup of internationally acclaimed films. Now celebrating its 14th year, the annual Czech festival pin London presents this year a selection of award-winning new Czech features, and demonstrates an increased interest in exploring subjects dealing with the years of...

Bratislava to honour Czech director Jan Švankmajer

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12. International Film Festival Bratislava (5. - 11. November 2010) - Press ReleaseThere are only 100 days left before the start of the 12th International Film Festival Bratislava! IFF Bratislava will bring a fresh and diverse program of contemporary cinema, accompanied by debates, concerts, and much more in the new autumn dates: 5. - 11. November 2010. The festival will multiply its number of screens across Bratislava and the rest of Slovakia.***UNDER EMBARGO till July 29th***After honoring Is...

The Glories of Czech Cinema

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   FANTASTIC PLANET (René Laloux, 1973) For its 50th anniversary celebrations, the Zlin Film Festival, which climaxes with its Awards Ceremony this evening, has been a treasure trove of cinematic gems from the past 50 years of Czech cinema. Aside from the better known films from the Czech canon (incuding such award winners as THE SHOP ON MAIN STREET, CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS, FANTASTIC PLANET, THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, KOLYA and the classic films of the celebrated animator Karel ...

Photo Exhibition Of Top Czech Directors

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  As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, the Zlin Film Festival in eastern Czech Republic is mounting a photo exhibition of top Czech and Slovak directors. Yesterday afternoon, the photo exhibition was unveiled at the new University Centre, a strikingly modern building that is now a huge addition to the Zlin skyline. The photographs are thework of famed advertising and commercial photographer Karel Česal, wth a theme of highlighting the best film directing talents in both...

Vojtěch Jasný: A Lifetime In Film

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  This year's Zlin Film Festival, which is currently running in the UNESCO Heritage city in the northeast corner of the Czech Republic, is providing its visitors and local audiences with an encyclopedic survey of the best Czech and Slovak films of the past 50 years (mirroring the Festival's own 50th anniversary this year). Participating in these festivities is a dapper gentleman of a certain age who has spent a lifetime in the worlds of film in his native Czech Republic and, for t...

Honoring Czech Legend Zdenek Sverák

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For this year's 50th anniversary Jubilee edition of the Zlin Film Festival, held in the UNESCO Heritage City of Zlin in northeastern Czech Republic, several programs heralding Czech cinema of the past and the present are among this year's highlights. This includes a special sidebar for actor/writer/composer Zdenek Sverák, one of Czech cinema's best known faces and talents. Zdenek Sverák is a true renaissance man, having scaled the heights of the film, theater and television worlds as both an ...

Honoring Czech Legend Zdenek Sverák

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Zdenek Sverák in KOLYA For this year's 50th anniversary Jubilee edition of the Zlin Film Festival, held in the UNESCO Heritage City of Zlin in northeastern Czech Republic, several programs heralding Czech cinema of the past and the present are among this year's highlights. This includes a special sidebar for actor/writer/composer Zdenek Sverák, one of Czech cinema's best known faces and talents.  Zdenek Sverák is a true renaissance man, having scaled the heights of the fil...

Zlin Film Festival Artistic Director Petr Koliha Looks Back And Ahead

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  On the eve of the Zlin Film Festival, which kicks off its 50th anniversary celebrations on Sunday, May 30, I spoke with the very busy Petr Koliha, the Festival's Artistic Director. As the first major film event following Cannes, the Zlin Film Festival takes up the mantle of film appreciation, with a particular focus to film and media projects produced for the children and youth market. As all eyes turn east to the UNESCO heritage city of Zlin in eastern Czech Republic, Petr Koliha sha...

Zlin Film Festival Artistic Director Petr Koliha Looks Back And Ahead

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On the eve of the Zlin Film Festival, which kicks off its 50th anniversary celebrations on Sunday, May 30, I spoke with the very busy Petr Koliha, the Festival's Artistic Director. As the first major film event following Cannes, the Zlin Film Festival takes up the mantle of film appreciation, with a particular focus to film and media projects produced for the children and youth market. As all eyes turn east to the UNESCO heritage city of Zlin in eastern Czech Republic, Petr Koliha shares his tho...

As Cannes Winds Down, Zlin Revs Up

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  As the Cannes Film Festival winds down and media professionals leave en masse for home (if their airplanes are not delayed by volcanic ash or French airline strikes), 500 miles to the northeast in the Czech Republic, the Zlin Film Festival is revving up for its 50th anniversary celebrations that begin next weekend. In the world of film festivals, the celebration of film never seems to end. The Zlin Film Festival, one of the oldest film events in the world, has been planning its 50...

Focus On Czech Cinema, Old And New

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  2010 is a special year in the history of Czech cinema. Not only is it the 50th anniversary of the Zlin Film Festival (which runs from May 30 to June 6 in the UNESCO heritage city in the Czech Republic) but the Festival will honor milestones in Czech cinema, both old and new.         The Festival is marking the centenary of the birth of one of the cofounders of Zlín’s film...

Zlin will turn 50 and will further celebrate kids movies

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One of the oldest film festival events in Europe and the largest celebration of films specifically for the youth and young adult market, Film Festival Zlin marks a milestone 50th anniversary this year when it unspools from May 30 to June 6 in the cultural heritage Moravian city in eastern Czech Republic. "We are expecing attendance at the Festival this year to be over one hundred thousand", Film Festival Zlin artistic director Petr Koliha announced. "The 50th anniversary has already aroused much...

Zlin FF's 50th Anniversary Kick Off in Berlin

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The Berlinale, because of its history and Berlin's geographic location as the nexus between Western and Eastern Europe, has become an important place for Eastern European organizations to make announcements and for Eastern European films to be showcased. One of the oldest film festivals in Europe, Film Festival Zlin in the Czech Republic, will kick off its 50th anniversary celebration in Berlin on Tuesday evening, 16 February with a cocktail reception at the Czech Republic Embassy...

Spotlight On Czech Cinema at FESTROIA

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor Each year, FESTROIA shines its spotlight on a different film producing country. This year, it is the turn of the Czech Republic, which has been at the forefront of international filmmaking since its celebrated heyday in the 1960s. One of its best known films of that era, CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS by Jiri Menzel was screened here on Sunday evening, with the 76-year-old director in attendance. A gentle satire on Czech life du...

1st festival of Czech films, CZECH-IN set to open

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1st festival of Czech films, CZECH-IN pour le cinéma tchèque, is will open at eight o’clock tomorrow evening in the Paris cinema L’Entrepôt. As we have announced in a previous press release, this is the first self-contained festival of Czech films to be held in Paris since 1989. The showcase runs until June 9 and features ten titles. The six-day event offers a cross-section of contemporary Czech cinema made after the Velvet Revolution, consisting of nine feature films and one feature-leng...

The 1st festival of Czech films in Paris

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The 1st festival of Czech films – CZECH-IN pour le cinéma tchèque – will be held in the Paris cinema L’Entrepôt from June 3 – 9, 2009. It is the very first showcase of Czech films made after 1989. The event is organized by Czech Film Center, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, and the Czech Centre in Paris, and its partners are L’Entrepôt cinema and LVT, a French subtitling company. The festival takes place at the close of the Czech Republic’s EU pr...

Finále Plzeň Festival of Czech Films

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You may not know Pilsen, but any beer connoisseur can guess from its name that the Czech town is a source of ferment. Pilsner Urquell calls it home, as does the annual festival of Czech films, Finále Plzeň, which runs April 19–25. The festival dates back to 1968, when the Communist Party allowed a “Spring” thaw. Finále Plzeň sought to acquaint Czechs with their own New Wave of films sweeping world festivals, but three years later packed itself on ice as Czech cinema ran afoul o...

Karlovy 2008 Remains Faithful to Tradition of Rewarding Unknowns

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A star studded jury confronted with a slate of second rate films in the international competition section (par for the course at Karlovy Vary because more important festivals gobble up the better films) had to sweat it out for five hours before arriving at their decisions on the main awards. The Grand jury composed of such luminaries as British actress Brenda Blethyn, Dutch star Johanna Ter Steege (The Vanishing), ace Hungarian-American camerman Vilmos Zsigmond, and presided over by Czech-Americ...

Ivan Passer will head Karlovy Vary Jury

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Writer and director Ivan Passer, one of the most respected representatives of the Czech new wave of the 1960s, will head up the International Grand Jury at the 43rd Karlovy Vary IFF. He cowrote and assistant directed Miloš Forman’s Loves of a Blonde and The Firemen’s Ball. Passer then debuted as a director with the short film A Boring Afternoon, following it up in 1965 with Intimate Lighting, one of the key Czech films of the era. After the Warsaw Pact invasion of 1968, Passer emigrated to ...

A European Voyage of Discovery: Picture Europe!

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PICTURE EUROPE! The Best of European Cinema – the European film event in Munich, Copenhagen, and Madrid A European Voyage of Discovery: Picture Europe!Film programme for Madrid now completeThe film programme for “PICTURE EUROPE! The Best of European Cinema 2008” in Madrid is complete. 13 current box-office hits from the neighbour countries will appear here on the screen from April 11 – 17. Director Jan Sverák will personally introduce the absolute top hit from the ...

Karlovy Vary Festival gives its prizes and wraps the 42nd edition

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42nd KV IFF AwardsThe 42nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival came to a close on Saturday night with a ceremony at the Grand Hall of the Thermal hotel at which the U.S. actor, director and producer Danny DeVito was presented with a Crystal Globe award for outstanding contribution to world cinema. The Crystal Globe Grand Prix went to the Icelandic film Jar City (Mýrin) by director Baltasar Kormákur.(The 43rd Karlovy Vary IFF will be held from July 4 – 12, 2008)OFFICIAL SELECTION - COMPE...

Karlovy Vary gives its prizes

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The 42nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival came to a close on Saturday night with a ceremony at the Grand Hall of the Thermal hotel at which the U.S. actor, director and producer Danny DeVito was presented with a Crystal Globe award for outstanding contribution to world cinema. The Crystal Globe Grand Prix went to the Icelandic film Jar City (Mýrin) by director Baltasar Kormákur.42nd KV IFF Awards(The 43rd Karlovy Vary IFF will be held from July 4 – 12, 2008)OFFICIAL SELECTION - COMPE...
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