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.
The Quartette, a new film by Czech director Miroslav Krobot, will receive
its world premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival in the US
this coming Saturday. Audiences in the Czech Republic will get their first
chance to see the movie on October 30.
The Quartette is a comedy drama revolving around a group of string players. It follows the director’s 2014 debut Nowhere in Moravia, which drew domestic audiences of 150,000.
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.