The remains of Czech actor Ivan Jandl were interred today at Prague’s Vyšehrad cemetery thirty years after his death at the age of 50. Jandl was the first Czech to win an Oscar, albeit of the Special Juvenile variety, for the then nine-year-old’s performance in the Swiss-American production of the 1948 film The Search.
The ashes of the first Czech winner of an Oscar, Ivan Jandl, are to be
interred at a tomb at Prague’s Vyšehrad cemetery on Thursday. Jandl
received the Academy Juvenile Award for his role in the 1948 film The
Search, in which he played a nine-year-old Auschwitz survivor looking for
his mother in post-war Germany. He was not allowed to travel to the US to
collect the award in person.
The late child actor’s remains are being placed at Vyšehrad on the initiative of the Czech Association of Actors. Ivan Jandl did not continue as an actor but found work as an announcer on Czechoslovak Radio. He died in 1987.
Czech filmmaker Marie Dvořáková received a Student Academy Award for her
short film ‘Who is Who in Mycology’ at a ceremony at the Samuel Goldwyn
Theater in Beverly Hills on Friday night. Dvořáková is the second Czech
winner of a Student Oscar, after Jan Svěrák, who got it in 1989 for his
short film Oil Gobblers.
‘Who is Who in Mycology, which has been chosen as the bronze winner in the narrative film category, is Marie Dvořáková’s graduate film at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. The film was shot in Czech-US coproduction with Negativ Film Production and Czech Televison and it was supported by the Czech Film Fund.
The Czech Film and television Academy has selected Bába z ledu or Ice
Mother, a new feature film by acclaimed director Bohdan Sláma, as the
Czech candidate for the 2018 Academy Awards.
The romantic comedy, shot in a Czech-Slovak-French coproduction, has won the Best Script award in the category of foreign films at the Tribeca film festival in New York.
The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced in January and the ceremony itself will take place on March 3, 2018, in Los Angeles.
Just a few days ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced 10 films worldwide which had made the short list for Oscar nominations in the Animated Short Films Category. Among them, is a film entitled Happy End, the work of up and coming Czech animator Jan Saska. In his late 20s, Saska worked on Happy End throughout studies in Zlín and at Prague’s FAMU film school. The B&W short, about the misadventures of a bunch of Czech hunters, a tractor driver, a party-goer and a not so good-looking corpse, is darkly funny and told in an unconventional
The Czech animated film Happy End, a black comedy about death with a happy ending by film director Jan Saska is on the shortlist for the Oscars in the Animated Shorts category, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Wednesday. Other animated shorts included in the shortlist are Inner Workings (Disney), Piper (Pixar) and Robert Valley’s Pear Cider and Cigarettes. Nominations for the 89th Annual Academy Awards will be announced on January 24, and the trophy ceremony is set for February 26 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
The Czech Film and Television Academy has nominated Ztraceni v Mnichově or Lost in Munich by Petr Zelenka to compete for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The comedy about the 1938 Munich Agreement took this year’s Czech Film Critics' Awards for Best Film Best Screenplay and Best Director. The Czech Republic has last won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1996’s with Jan Svěrák’s Kolya.
The highly popular Czech actor and screenwriter Zdeněk Svěrák turned 80 on Monday. Mr. Svěrák, who is known for his gentle humour and also writes songs for children, has starred in many of the country's most popular comedies and for several decades has been a mainstay of the Jára Cimrmann Theatre. In the mid 1990s he wrote and starred in the movie Kolya, which was directed by his son Jan Svěrák and won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
The film Obecná škola (The Elementary School) is to be screened to Czech communities around the world on March 28 in tribute to the great screenwriter and actor Zdeněk Svěrák, who will be celebrating his 80th birthday on that day. A digitally restored version of the highly popular 1991 movie will be shown in around 30 places on virtually all continents, the director Jan Svěrák – Zdeněk Svěrák’s son – told reporters. The pair enjoyed their greatest success with Kolya, which won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1996.
Today’s Sunday Music Show is dedicated to Jan Svěrák’s low-budget road movie Jízda and the accompanying soundtrack by the band Buty. Jízda, or the Ride, is one of the most distinctive movies of the 1990s, and is a perfect embodiment of the carefree atmosphere of the early post-revolution days. With its easy-listening music and playful lyrics Buty provided a perfect backdrop to the film, which has lost none of its charm to this day.