More than sixty years after its premiere, a unique Czech documentary from Tibet, made in the early 1950s, returns to Czech cinemas on Tuesday. Called Cesta vede do Tibetu or the Road leads to Tibet, the film had won several awards before being banned by the Communist authorities. Today it brings a unique testimony of places that have long been destroyed by the Chinese Cultural Revolution.
British actor and comedian Norman Lovett, whose head represented the ship
AI system ‘Holly’ in the television series Red Dwarf, has been
announced as one of the guests at the upcoming Future Gate sci-fi film
festival in Prague. The sixth version of the annual festival will run from
the end of February to mid-March and Lovett is set to introduce a special
Red Dwarf marathon, which will start on March 2.
Red Dwarf is one of the most popular comedy series in the Czech Republic and its latest seasons were recently aired on Czech Television to a dedicated fan base.
In 2017 director Marie Dvořáková followed the likes of Spike Lee, Robert Zemeckis and her compatriot Jan Svěrák in winning the Student Academy Award for her film Who’s Who in Mycology. When we spoke in New York, the filmmaker told me the short had a long gestation – and that she was currently working on not one but three new projects. But I first asked Marie Dvořáková what had drawn her to film in the first place.
Foreign filmmakers and TV crews spent nearly 5 billion crowns last year in the Czech Republic, a jump of nearly two billion crowns compared to 2017. With the state having paid out some 800 million crowns through an incentives scheme, the return on investment is solid. But competition is fierce – and heating up.
Award-winning screenwriter and director Ivan Fíla this summer added another titular feather to his cap – that of best-selling author – following the runaway success of his historical novel about the one Prague Spring leader who refused to sign the Moscow Protocol legitimising the Soviet invasion and onset of “normalisation”.
Ondřej Trojan’s Toman has received the most nominations, with 13, for
this year’s Czech Lion film awards. 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 Czech Lions are voted on by members of the Czech Film and Television Academy. The winners will be announced in Prague on March 23.
The main prize in this year’s Trilobit film and television awards has
gone to director Marta Nováková for her documentary series
“Czechoslovaks in the Gulag”. The documentary series explores the fate
of Czechs and Slovaks who experienced the terrible cruelty of the Soviet
regime in the years between 1920 and 1950.
The lifetime achievement award went to the late director Evald Schorm in memoriam. The Trilobit awards are bestowed by the Czech Film and Television Union FITES.
The 14th Prague Short Film Festival, due to be held in Prague from January
23 to January 27, will be a tribute to the legendary 20th century director
The Prague Shorts traditionally includes an international competition of short films of up to 30 minutes, a national competition of shorts and non-competitive informative film sections, retrospectives, biographies, and other accompanying events.
The Bergman Revisited section will include shorts by six Swedish directors whose work reflects Bergman’s creative style.
Czech screenwriter-director Petr Jákl’s English-language biopic of the
15th-century Bohemian leader Jan Žižka has finished shooting after less
than three months on set.
With a reported budget of 275 million crowns, Jákl’s biopic of General Žižka, an innovative military strategist who led the Czech Hussites to victory in a series of confrontations in religious wars, is set to be the most expensive domestic film ever shot.
American actor Ben Foster will portray Žižka in the film, which has the working title “Medieval”, opposite British veteran actor Michael Caine. Foster is perhaps best known from the X-men franchise and the indie film “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”.
The Czech Film Fund will spend CZK 64 million on supporting eight upcoming feature films. The largest amount, some CZK 14.5 million, will help fund an upcoming biographical film about Václav Havel. According to the fund’s director Helena Bezděk Fraňková, the films cover a wide range of genres including historical pictures, those covering present day issues and a film for children.
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