Many Czech movie critics have been up in arms this week over the country’s nomination for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. While the Czech Film Academy’s choice was the highly regarded drama Burning Bush, it doesn’t meet Oscar criteria and the Czech Republic will in the end be represented by the poorly-received new picture by Jiří Menzel.
World-famous Czech-American director Miloš Forman is celebrating his 80th birthday on Saturday. Around the world, Czech Centers are honoring the filmmaker with exhibitions of posters for his films and screenings of his popular works. Mr. Forman, who was born in Čáslav in 1932, left his native Czechoslovakia after the Soviet-led invasion of his home country in 1968. He settled in the United States, where he established himself as one of the most successful directors alive today. His films “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975) and “Amadeus” (1984) were awarded five and eight Academy Awards, respectively.
In this special programme, we meet the Academy Award-winning musician Markéta Irglová and, for an unusual perspective on her success, her father, Marek Irgl. As well as the impact of her Oscar win in 2008, the subjects discussed include Markéta’s beginnings in music, how bandmate and ex Glen Hansard has influenced her career, the writing of “Falling Slowly”, her new solo project, and distance and family ties.
The Czech “Alois Nebel” will join 17 other films in competition for an Oscar nomination for best animated film, the U.S. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced. The Czech Film and Television Academy has already selected Alois Nebel as the Czech candidate for the best non-English speaking film category. The debut film by director Tomáš Luňák must yet be presented in Los Angeles by the end of this year to have a chance of being shortlisted for an Oscar nomination. The story of a train dispatcher at an out-of-the-way station near the Polish border in the 1980s uses a unique technology called rotoscoping, which combines feature and animated film for the first time in Czech cinematography.
The Czech Film and Television Academy has selected the animated feature film Alois Nebel as the Czech candidate for the foreign film category of the Academy Awards next year. The black and white film, which uses a unique animating technology called "rotoscoping", is based on a cult cartoon novel written by Jaroslav Rudis and Jaromir 99. It is set at an out-of-the way railway station in the mountains near the Polish border in the 1980s. The film was successfully presented at the prestigious International Film Festival in Venice a couple of weeks ago, will have its Czech premiere on September 29.
The annual Czech Lions film awards will be handed out in Prague on Saturday. The low-budget political thriller Walking Too Fast, set in the 1970s, landed 13 nominations, a record for the Lions. On Friday, the Czech TV and Film Academy announced that actor and writer Zdeněk Svěrák won the Czech Lion award for exceptional contribution to Czech cinema. Mr Svěrák wrote the screenplays for three films nominated for the US Academy Awards, including Kolya that won the Oscar in 1997.
The Czech Film and Television Academy has made its choice for which film to send to the 2011 Academy Awards, putting its trust once again in director Jan Hřebejk for his drama Kawasaki’s Rose. That Mr Hřebejk has Oscar potential we already know – his WWII drama Divided We Fall was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar in 2000 – but was Kawasaki’s Rose indeed the best candidate for an Oscar on offer; that’s a question I put to film critic Ilona Francková.
The Czech Film and Television Academy chose the film “Kawasaki’s
Rose” by Jan Hřebejk to compete for the Oscar for the best foreign
language film in 2011, the academy said on its website on Sunday. The 2009
drama tells the story of a respected psychiatrist and a former dissident,
who is about to receive state honours when it turns out he had
with the communist secret police.
“Kawasaki’s Rose” got nine nominations for the annual Czech film awards, Český lev, but only converted those for the best male and female actors in supporting roles.
A monument to the two characters of the renowned 1960s animated series “Pojďte pane, budeme si hrát” was unveiled in the town of Kolín on Sunday, where the two bears met one day according to the story. Hundreds of people attended the unveiling of two stones symbolising the two figures, including their creator, puppeteer and filmmaker Břetislav Pojar and Oscar-winner director Jan Svěrák, whose own movie about a stuffed bear, Kuky, is currently in cinemas.