U.S. Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore is set to receive the Crystal
Globe for her outstanding contribution to world cinema at the opening of
this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, festival organizers
announced on Tuesday.
Patricia Clarkson, who this year won a Golden Globe for her performance in
the HBO series Sharp Objects, will receive her career prize at the
festival’s closing ceremony.
Among other guests at this year’s Karlovy Vary Film Festival will be Casey Affleck, who will return to present his directorial debut Light Of My Life, which premiered in Berlin. This year’s edition of the festival will take place from June 28 to July 6.
Škoda Auto’s new SUV model Škoda Kamiq will be sold on the Czech market for 379,000 crowns, the Czech car manufacturer announced on Tuesday. The starting prize is around 10,000 crowns higher than the price of Škoda Scala model. The brand’s third and smallest SUV replaces Yeti, which was discontinued in 2017. It is expected to reach its first customers in September.
Temperatures in some parts of the Czech Republic surpassed 20 degrees Celsius at night, making it the country’s first tropical night of the year. Several measuring stations, mainly in Central and Eastern Bohemia, recorded their warmest ever temperature for the night. The hottest place in the country was Jeseník, where night-time highs reached 21.9 degrees Celsius.
Turnover of the Czech Republic’s 100 largest companies last year for the
first time exceeded three trillion crowns (around 118 billion euros),
according to the Association Top 100. Meanwhile, their profits grew by 12.3
percent year-on-year to over 209 billion crowns.
Car maker Škoda Auto again won the annual contest for the best-rated 100 companies in the Czech Republic, which made both the highest sales and profits, followed by Daniel Křetínský’s energy holding EPH and the energy giant ČEZ.
More protests against Prime Minister Andrej Babiš are planned for outside
Prague on Tuesday evening. The demonstrations will take place in Brno,
Ostrava, Plzeň and other regional centres and towns. They are organised by
the group Million Moments for Democracy, which last Tuesday drew an
estimated 120,000 people to the capital’s Wenceslas Square.
Million Moments for Democracy say that by appointing Marie Benešová as minister of justice Mr. Babiš is seeking to influence a criminal case against him. They are demanding her removal and the safeguarding of an independent judiciary.
Another demonstration is planned for Prague’s Letná Plain on Sunday June 23.
The Czech Republic beat Montenegro 3:0 in Olomouc on Monday night in a
qualification game for next year’s European Championships. Jakub Jankto
and Patrik Schick found the net for the hosts, while the visitors’ Boris
Kopitovič scored an own goal. That victory was the second in a few days
for the Czechs and puts them in second place in their group, behind
The Czech Republic’s campaign to reach Euro 2020 continues in September, when they will take on Kosovo and Montenegro in two away games.
Police have warned Czech schools of a possible shooting attack after the
sending of a threat of that nature via social media, the Czech News Agency
reported. A police spokesperson said the warning concerned schools in more
than one region but did not reveal more detailed information. A threat was
also made against Charles University, which has almost 50,000 students, its
The police said they had taken appropriate measures but would not say what they were for tactical reasons. However, patrols have been stepped up at the institutions in question.
A former minister of justice, Robert Pelikán, says that Vratislav Mynář,
the head of President Miloš Zeman’s office, tried to pressure him to
intervene in a case involving Lesní správy Lány, which oversees forestry
at the president’s residence. News site iRozhlas.cz reported on Monday
that Mr. Mynář had repeatedly pushed Mr. Pelikán to file a complaint of
violation of the law in the case. The former minister rejected this call.
Police have charged a subordinate of Mr. Mynář and another man over the case, which centres on a public contract worth CZK 100 million.
iRozhlas.cz also reported that President Zeman’s right hand man had also tried unsuccessfully to pressure a later justice minister. Mr. Mynář has refused to comment.
Czech tennis player Markéta Vondroušová has shot to 16 in the world
rankings, her highest ever position. The 19-year-old climbed 22 places in
the WTA rankings after losing to Ashleigh Barty of Australia in her first
Grand Slam final at the Paris Open on Saturday.
The Czech Republic’s Karolína Plíšková remains number two in the world, while Petra Kvitova has climbed one spot to fifth.