The digitally restored version of Miloš Forman’s debut feature Černý
Petr or Black Peter is set to have its premiere in Prague on Thursday at
The restoration was undertaken by the Czech National Film Archive, in cooperation with cinematographer Jan Malíř and sound designer Pavel Rejholec, along with Ivan Passer, who worked on the film as assistant director.
The new digital version of Black Peter premiered earlier this month at the Venice Film Festival, where it won an award 53 years ago. On Thursday, it will be screened in Kolín, where it was shot in the summer of 1963.
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.
Actor Vladimír Brabec, who played the lead role in the notorious communist era propaganda series called "The 30 cases of Major Zeman", has died at the age of 83. Brabec has played hundreds of other characters but he has always been associated with the role of the detective fighting subversive and criminal elements in communist Czechoslovakia. The series was shot in the 1970s and still shown on Czech tv channels from time to time.
The first animated film featuring the Czech puppet characters Spejbl and
Hurvínek has been received its debut public screening. The film, entitled
Hurvínek and the Magic Museum, was made in a co-production with partners
from Belgium and Russia.
The film, which also comes in a 3D version, is due to enter general cinema release in the Czech Republic on Thursday. The Czech News Agency reported that it had a budget of CZK 170 million.
A crew began shooting a new film about Jan Palach on Saturday, directed by Robert Sedláček, and due to be released next year on the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. Jan Palach was a student who took his own life in protest of the invasion. He was the subject of a successful HBO mini-series called Burning Bush in 2013. The film crew on Saturday began filming a first scene in front of Prague's Rudolfinium concert hall and gallery.
Shooting on a new Czech film about Jan Palach is due to begin on Thursday.
The movie will focus on the final months in the life of the student who set
himself on fire in central Prague in January 1969 in protest at societal
apathy in the wake of the Soviet invasion of the previous August.
The film has been written by one-time Charter 77 spokesperson Eva Kantůrková and will be directed by Robert Sedláček. If all goes according to plan, it will receive its premiere on August 21 next year, the 50th anniversary of the arrival of Soviet tanks in the then Czechoslovakia.
Producer Rick McCallum is nothing less than a legend in the film business, known for his many years with Lucasfilm and his work on enormous projects like The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and the Star Wars prequels. After retiring from Lucasfilm several years ago, McCallum relocated to Prague where he founded Film United. In our interview he discusses Czech talent and the benefits of shooting in the Czech Republic, and tells the story of a chance meeting he had in the 1990s with President Václav Havel.
In the 1990s and early 2000s, Prague attracted numerous international or Hollywood productions, from the ambitious TV series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles to the first Mission Impossible. There was Hellboy, directed by Guillermo del Toro, and Casino Royale, the first outing by Daniel Craig as the new James Bond, shot partly in Prague and in Karlovy Vary. However, things began to go south and the boom turned into a whimper.
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