Jana Počtová’s documentary Non-Parent offers an intimate exploration of unorthodox family life in the Czech Republic today. A follow-up to her earlier film Generation Singles, it tells six stories of non-nuclear family setups, from a lesbian couple who conceive with the help of gay friends to a heterosexual pair who have made a conscious choice not to have children. When Počtová came to our studios the conversation took in everything from the challenges of step-parenting to the experiences of her 99-year-old grandmother. But I first asked the director,
US actor Harvey Keitel is currently in the Czech Republic, shooting a
supporting role for the film The Painted Bird by Czech director Václav
Marhoul. The Oscar-nominated actor, who will be staying in the country for
the next ten days, appears in the role of a Catholic priest.
The film, an adaptation of Polish writer Jerzy Kosiński’s 1965 novel, is slated for release in 2019. The cast includes other acclaimed international actors such Stellan Skarsgård and Udo Kier.
A Russian top politician turned opposition leader, Boris Nemtsov was shot dead in central Moscow in 2015. Following his murder his daughter Zhanna Nemtsova moved to Germany, where she works as a journalist and runs a foundation named after her father. At the weekend Nemtsova appeared at a packed theatre at the Jihlava documentary festival as part of its Inspiration Forum talks series. Afterwards, she shared her own sources of inspiration.
The 21st edition of the annual Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival has got underway. The festival opened with a film by Tereza Nvotová called The Lust for Power about the controversial Slovak politician Vladimir Mečiar. The former Slovak prime minister is not the only politician focused on by documentary film makers this year.
The granddaughter of the artist Zdeněk Miler, author of the famous Czech cartoon character Krteček, can no longer grant licenses for the production of Little Mole collectibles. In its ruling on Tuesday, the Prague Municipal Court upheld an appeal by Milena Fišerová, who was authorised to administer Miler’s copyrights in 2006.
Czech film director Jiří Mádl says filming of comedy drama in which Jan
Tříska was due to take part in before his death will continue as a
tribute to the actor.
The film, with the working title Na Střeše, is a comedy about life in the Vietnamese community in Prague and was due to start filming with Tříska on Monday. The actor’s death was announced the same day following injuries after he fell from Prague’s Charles Bridge at the weekend.
Mádl said Tříska, 80, had a ritual of walking on the bridge before shooting films, adding that he had prepared for the session and tried out all the costumes.
Tříska emerged as a talented actor in the 1960s and left for Canada and later the US in 1977. He was a major figure in both Czech and international films.