The coalition of ANO and the Social Democrats will not support a proposed a
constitutional amendment under which marriage would only be permitted
between men and women, Czech Television reported after a government meeting
on Tuesday morning. The legislation was put forward by an MP for the
Christian Democrats and has support from over 30 deputies from six parties.
Another bill is also set to go before Parliament allowing for marriage between people of the same sex. It also has cross-party support, enjoying the backing of around 45 MPs in the 200-seat lower house.
One of the most anticipated Czech documentaries at the 2018 Karlovy Vary international film festival had its world premiere on Monday night. King Skate combines period images and contemporary interviews to map the tiny skateboarding scene in 1980s Czechoslovakia. I asked the film’s director Šimon Šafránek how domestic skaters managed to acquire boards in the late communist era.
This year’s Pavel Koutecký Award for Best Czech Documentary has gone to
Petr Horký for his film Švéd v žigulíku or The Russian Job. The
documentary follows a Swedish manager Bo Andersson who comes to Russia to
save the dying automaker company Avtovaz Car, the manufacturer of Lada.
The award giving ceremony took place in Ústí nad Labem on Saturday night. Over 80 documentaries were considered for the prize, with the winner eventually selected from a shortlist of five.
Pavel Koutecký was a filmmaker who died in 2006 at the age of 50, halfway through filming Citizen Havel, a portrait of the late president that subsequently became a great success.
Jan Gebert’s powerful new documentary When the War Comes delivers sometimes shocking insights into the Slovak Recruits, a group that run paramilitary boot camps and promote an extreme nationalist ideology. One scene even shows their charismatic leader extolling the virtues of Slavic blood in a talk at a primary school, while the film ends with the fresh-faced autocrat announcing plans to enter politics. When we spoke, Gebert told me his attention was immediately caught when he first heard about the growing organisation.
Swedish film ‘The Deminer’ won the best film award at the One World
festival of human rights documentaries in Prague on Wednesday. The best
direction award went to Syrian filmmaker Talal Derki, for his film ‘Of
Fathers and Sons’.
Wednesday’s award ceremony closed the Prague leg of the 20th edition of the festival, which attracted over 28,000 visitors. The event will now move on to 36 other Czech towns and cities.
Since his studies, Indian filmmaker Shivendra Dungarpur has been fascinated by the work of Czech director Jiří Menzel. Eight years ago he started making a documentary dedicated to the Oscar winning director as well as other Czech New Wave filmmakers. The seven-hour-long documentary is called ‘CzechMate: in Search of Jiří Menzel’ and features 85 interviews with close to 20 Czech movie makers, including Miloš Forman and the now deceased Jiří Němec and Věra Chytilová.
A new Czech Television documentary, Barbican: Forgotten Mission, tells the previously unknown story of how around 100 Jewish children were air-bridged to the UK from Prague in early 1939. The organisers were a Christian group focused on converting Jews and their actions predated the well-known kindertransports run by Sir Nicholas Winton, though he was involved. The film’s director Jiří František Potužník says the story began with an archive photo of a small boy and a pilot.
The main prize in this year’s Trilobit film and television awards has
gone to director Tereza Nvotová for Mečiar. The feature-length
documentary explores the impact that the 1990s politician Vladimír
Mečiar, one of the architects of the split of Czechoslovakia, had on
The producer Čestmír Kopecký, who has been behind many successful Czech movies and TV seriesd, received a lifetime achievement award at Sunday evening’s awards ceremony in Beroun. The Trilobit prize is bestowed by the Czech Film and Television Union.