The Czech Republic has selected the road movie Všechno bude (Winter
Flies), directed by Olmo Omerzu, to compete for best foreign-language film
at the Oscars.
Although born in Slovenia, since his studies at Prague's FAMU film school, Omerzu has been firmly settled in Czech cinema.
Winter Flies, his third feature, was co-produced by the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia and Poland. The film premiered at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival where Omerzu took home the Best Director’s award.
The ice hockey Extraliga season starts on September 14, with Kometa Brno
the favourite, having won the past two seasons. Among the other clubs in
the 14-member Extraliga with solid prospects this year are 2018 season
finalists Oceláři Třinec and semi-finalists Bílí Tygři Liberec.
Sparta Praha, which finished in the bottom half last year has taken on a new coach, German former defenseman Uwe Krupp, are tipped as likely strong contenders, as are Škoda Plzeň, which won the championship in 2013, finished last season in third place, and also has a new coach, Ladislav Čihák.
A building near the Pilsen railway station partly collapsed overnight on
Wednesday, leading police to evacuate a dozen people from a neighbouring
The two-storey structure, located at the crossroads of Mikulášská and U Trati streets, will likely have to be demolished. At least one homeless man had been sleeping in the otherwise vacant building, police said.
The summers of 2018 and 2003 were the hottest in the Czech Republic since
1961, when meteorologists began measuring average temperatures regularly.
According to the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (ČHMÚ), the average temperature for the months of June, July and August was 19.3 degrees Celsius, 2.3 degrees higher than the average for the summers of 1981 through 2010.
Recently, the ČHMÚ announced that summer 2018 was the hottest ever measured at the Klementinum in Prague, which has the oldest measuring station in the Czech Republic, commissioned in 1775.
Palacký University in Olomouc has issued a comic book portraying two
milestone periods in Czech history – the events surrounding the birth of
Czechoslovakia in 1918 and the Soviet-led invasion of the country in 1968.
The comic book, created by university students on the occasion of the country’s 100th birthday,, was presented to the public within this year’s Street Art Festival in Olomouc and copies of it have been sent to schools around the country. It can also be viewed online.
Nineteen people, including a 15-year-old boy, suffered acute intoxication
after consuming synthetically made marihuana that appeared on the black
market in Ostrava.One drug addict is reported to have died after combining
the drug with a heavy dose of alcohol.
Several boxes of the dangerous consignment were reportedly found on a garbage heap on the outskirts of the city and the police fear that there could be thousands of doses of the dangerous substance among drug users.
Officers have so far confiscated 50 packets of the drug and arrested four people.
Following foreign policy consultations at Prague Castle on Wednesday,
senior state officials expressed support for the idea to move the
country’s diplomatic mission from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, saying that the
opening of a Czech House in the holy city should be a first step in this
The president, prime minister, lower house speaker and foreign and defense ministers also concluded that the European Union’s trade sanctions against Russia are justified and the reasons why they were introduced remain valid. This despite the fact that President Zeman has long opposed the sanctions on the grounds that they are ineffective.
The country’s senior officials also upheld the Czech stance against admission of migrants and stressed that the migrant crisis needs to be resolved in the countries of origin.