Foreign film productions spent five billion crowns in the Czech Republic
last year, the Czech News Agency reported on Thursday, citing data from the
Czech Cinematography Fund.
According to fund’s spokesman Jiří Vaněk, the figure could increase by up to two billion crowns a year, if the government increased incentives for foreign co-productions from the current 20 to 25 percent.
Among the international film productions currently underway in the Czech Republic is the second series of History Channel’s Knightfall. Another major project, an ABC crime series Whiskey Cavalier, is currently under preparation.
Ahead of the Day of Czech Statehood on September 28th, special screenings of the silent film “Svatý Václav” (Saint Wenceslas), accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of Prague, are taking place at the grandiose Municipal House, the very site of the proclamation of the Czechoslovak Republic one hundred years ago.
Czech film director and actor Jiří Menzel has been honoured for his
life's work at the Haifa Film Festival. His wife Olga accepted the
prize on his behalf in Israel.
The 80-year-old Oscar-winner recently co-starred in the bittersweet road movie The Interpreter, about an elderly Jew searching for the murders of his parents.
The film is screened at the festival as part of the Czechoslovak Film Days programme. Menzel underwent emergency brain surgery in November and is still recuperating.
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.
British veteran actor Michael Caine is set to co-star in “Medieval”,
the upcoming biopic of 15th-century Bohemian warrior Jan Žižka, which is
reportedly the most expensive Czech film ever made.
Caine, now 85, will play opposite American actor Ben Foster, who will portray the legendary general in the historical-action drama directed by Petr Jákl, who also wrote the screenplay.
American actor Ben Foster will portray 15th-century Bohemian leader Jan
Žižka in an English-language film to be directed by Petr Jákl, who also
wrote the screenplay.
General Žižka was an innovative military strategist who led the Czech Hussites in a series of confrontations in religious wars, often beating numerically superior opponents. The biopic film will also focus on his relationship with a local heiress and his face-off against a rival king.
Foster is perhaps best known from the X-men franchise and the indie film Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.
With a reported budget of 275 million crowns, Jákl’s biopic is set to be the most expensive domestic film since Dark Blue World, about Czechoslovak airmen who served with the RAF during WWII.
Queer film festival Mezipatra returns in November, but already this week, the organization is hosting "Identity in the City," an English-language film series running parallel to Prague Pride. We spoke with Mezipatra director Pavel Bicek to learn about the weeklong event, and why his organization has endured in the Czech Republic for nearly two decades.
Czech Radio has organized a week-long film screening of New Wave films in
Prague's Karlin district starting Monday 6th to mark the 50th
anniversary of the crushing of the Prague Spring. It will screen one film a
day starting with the 1967 psychological drama The Cremator.
Czech Radio will be at the center of a series of commemorative events marking 50 years since the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. It is cooperating closely with the National Museum, the National Film Archive and the Institute for Study of Totalitarian Regimes to produce a video-mapping of the August events, including a 13-hour special starting late on August 20th which will follow the events of that night and the early hours of August 21st when Russian tanks rolled into the country to crush the democratic reforms of the Prague Spring movement.
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