The film Code Name Holec (Krycí jméno Holec) set against the backdrop of the August 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia will be released in Czech cinemas in September, a spokesperson for the distributors said on Tuesday. The movie is based on a short story by Jan Němec and also takes place in Vienna. A number of scenes were shot around the Czech Radio building in Vinohrady, where some of the most intense fighting took place in 1968.
Film director Marie Polednáková has been hospitalized after collapsing in her home, the news site idnes reported on Monday. The information was confirmed by a spokeswoman for the Prague Military Hospital. According to idnes the 74-year-old film director, dubbed queen of comedy, suffered a stroke. The director had not been well. Several weeks ago she was airlifted to Jihlava hospital after suffering heart problems.
Filmmakers are expected to pump around CZK 5 billion into the Czech economy this year. A large share of that sum will be spent by the makers of epic historical serials, while stars such as Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Shia LaBeouf are also slated to shoot here during 2016, the daily Hospodářské noviny reported on Wednesday.
A number of major international film productions will be using studios and outdoor locations in the Czech Republic in the second half of the year. The filming of two historical TV series, Sky Channel's Brittania and History Channel's Knightfall, got underway at the end of June. The production is expected to spend over two billion Czech crowns, Ludmila Klausová of the Czech Film Commission told the Czech News Agency on Sunday. Another series, National Geographic's Genius produced by Fox 21, is currently under preparation. In 2010, the Czech government introduced incentives for film productions to attract foreign film crews to the country. A new legislation that would make the conditions for foreign filmmakers even more favourable is currently debated.
Over 135,000 viewers attended screenings at this year's Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The festival offered 200 films, including 21 world premieres, and more than 500 screenings took place. The festival in the West Bohemian spa town also welcomed over one thousand film producers, distributors and other film professionals. The budget of the 51st edition of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival amounted to 135 million crowns, which is approximately the same as last year. The tickets and festival passes sales revenue amounted to some 5 million crowns.
The 50th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival closed with an awards
ceremony on Saturday night. The Crystal Globe for best film went to the
Hungarian film It's Not the Time of My Life, shot by the director
Szabolcs Hajdu in his own home with the members of his own family and his
friends. Hajdu also received the Best Actor Award. Zuzana Mauréry received
the Best Actress Award for the film The Teacher by Jan Hřebejk. The
audience's prize went to the American movie Captain Fantastic.
The prize for the best film of the East of the West Competition was awarded to a quasi-autobiographical debut by a Georgian director Rusudan Glurjidze House of Others and the Grand Prix for Best Documentary Film went to LoveTrue by an Israeli director Alma Har'el.
Czech actress Jiřina Bohdalová and American screenwriter and director Charlie Kaufman received The Festival President’s Award.
Cinemas in Prague and Brno will screen films presented at the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The festival's annual Official Echoes get underway this Saturday in the Aero and Světozor cinemas in Prague and in la Scala cinema in Brno. People will have a chance to see 25 films, including the winner of the festival's main competition, until July 17. The festival in Karlovy Vary comes to a close on Saturday night.
The 51st edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is slowly drawing to a close, with the eight-day event due to climax with a glitzy awards ceremony on Saturday evening. What films are being tipped for the top prizes at the country’s biggest film event? And how has this year’s Karlovy Vary been in general? I put those questions to Ian Willoughby, who is at the festival in West Bohemia.
A Czech mining village divided over plans that could see it wiped off the map is the focus of Pustina, or Wasteland, a hugely ambitious HBO series that has just been previewed at the Karlovy Vary film festival. The eight-part drama evokes real locations in North Bohemia, such as the Jezeří Chateau surrounded by surface mines, and I asked Pustina co-producer Tomáš Hrubý (whose previous credits include Burning Bush) how closely it reflected actual communities threatened with extinction.