Czech That Film, an annual festival of contemporary Czech films, is currently underway across the United States and Canada. The largest Czech cultural event in North America offers both Czech expats and US film enthusiasts a chance to get acquainted with present-day Czech cinematography and meet some of the filmmakers in person.
The most famous Czech cartoon character, Krteček, or the Little Mole, has been the centre of legal disputes for some time. Now a court has ruled that the granddaughter of Krteček’s creator, the late Zdeněk Miler, can no longer grant licenses to produce Little Mole collectibles. Judges say that a contract Miler signed with his granddaughter shortly before his death was invalid.
The Prague Supreme Court has ruled that the granddaughter of the late
artist Zdeněk Miler, author of the famous Czech cartoon character Kreček
(Little Mole), does not own the rights to it nor can she grant licenses for
the production of Little Mole collectibles.
According to the ruling, the contract which Miler signed for his granddaughter shortly before his death is invalid. The verdict is legally binding.
The court upheld an appeal by Milena Fišerová, who was authorised to administer Miller’s copyrights in 2006 and who engaged in a drawn-out legal battle with Miller’s grand-daughter after his death in 2011.
The road movie Winter Flies by Olmo Omerzu dominated the 26th edition of
the Czech Lion Awards on Saturday picking up six Lions, among others for
Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay.
Hastrman directed by Ondřej Havelka picked up four Lions, while the historic drama Toman, which had a record 13 nominations fell short in all categories.
The award for Best Documentary went to King Skate, on the phenomenon of skateboarding in communist Czechoslovakia in the 1980s.
The winners of the main Czech film awards are selected by members of the Czech Film and Television Academy.
The Czech Republic's main film awards, the Czech Lions, are due to be
presented at a gala-ceremony at Prague's Rudolfinum concert hall on
Saturday night. The awards, organized by the Czech Film and Television
Academy, are being presented for the 26th time.
Ondřej Trojan’s Toman has been nominated in 13 categories, The Hastrman, directed by Ondřej Havelka, has 10 nominations, as does Winter Flies by Olmo Omerzu. Jan Palach by Robert Sedláček is in the running in eight categories.
The classic Czech sci-fi film Ikarie XB1 looks set to find fresh audiences with a new Blu-ray release next week. A number of major figures in the history of Czech cinema were involved in the making of the black and white movie, which prefigured Western releases such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Star Trek.
Prague’s biggest movie event, Febiofest, kicks off on Thursday. Now in its 26th year, the festival gives many movies set for local cinema distribution their first screenings but also showcases scores of works that film buffs would otherwise have trouble tracking down. Ahead of Febiofest’s curtain-raiser, I asked its co-programme director Anna Kopecká what this year’s highlights were likely to be.
The film Heart of Stone has taken the Best Film prize at this year’s
edition of the One World festival of human rights documentaries in Prague.
The winning documentary is about an Afghan refugee in France. The Best
Director award went to Denmark’s Mads Brugger, maker of Cold Case
The festival’s prize for the best Czech film in competition went to The Good Death by Tomáš Krupa, which is about a woman who goes to Switzerland for assisted suicide.
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