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Bohdan Sláma's Four Suns opens in Czech cinemas

09-03-2012 15:01 | Jan Velinger

Bohdan Sláma, born in 1967, has long been described as one of the most important up & coming directors in the Czech Republic. The filmmaker received early recognition and acclaim for work like Wild Bees, Something Like Happiness and Country Teacher and has become known for a naturalistic social dramas with elements of comedy – a trademark he upholds in his latest movie Čtyri slunce (Four Suns), which had its US premiere earlier this year at Sundance and its European premiere at Rotterdam. On Thursday, after much anticipation, Four Suns opened in Czech cinemas.  More

Protest, rebellion, revolt – Arab Spring takes center stage at the One World International Human Rights Film Festival 2012

07-03-2012 16:11 | Sarah Borufka

The One World International Human Rights Film Festival has just started in Prague. This year’s edition brings over a hundred films from 72 countries to the Czech capital, where documentary lovers can visit special festival screenings until March 15. With such an abundance of interesting documentaries, it’s something difficult to determine what to see first – we asked program director Kateřina Bartošová about her highlights and about the theme of this year’s main category.  More

A Prague institution - the famous Café Slavia

07-03-2012 13:46 | Sarah Borufka

Prague’s wealth of traditional coffeehouses is a legacy from the era of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. But even in today’s hectic time, grabbing a quick cup on the run is fortunately not the only option for coffee lovers in the Czech capital. Probably the best-known café in the golden city is Kavárna Slavia, or Café Slavia. We recently visited this traditional coffeehouse.  More

Music from the Noughties

04-03-2012 02:01 | Peter Smith

Monkey Business In this week’s Sunday Music Show we highlight some of brightest new rock and pop acts in the Czech Republic. Listen to fresh tracks from Bek Ofis and a brace by Prague funk outfit Monkey Business – as well as a classic from the first winner of Czech Pop Idol.  More

“Heaven, distance, light and dazzling brightness”: Czech literary links with Scandinavia

03-03-2012 02:01 | David Vaughan

Norway, photo: Schlaubi, CC 3.0 license Did you know that one of Norway’s popular writers is actually Czech, or that in the mid 1930s Karel Čapek fell in love with the forests and skies of Scandinavia? And do Czechs and Danes have more in common than just beer? David Vaughan looks at Czech-Scandinavian literary links.  More

Amanita Design, independent Czech games developer

02-03-2012 15:51 | Jan Richter

Samorost 1, photo: Amanita Design Amanita Design is a Brno-based, award-winning game development studio whose creations have become a huge hit on the internet. Their games combine elements of the technical world with nature in a way not seen before. Their signature game, Samorost, takes you to a universe composed of rusty parts of old, derelict machines and mossy, gnarled stumps of rotting wood. In this edition of the Arts, we meet the studio’s founder Jakub Dvorský.  More

My house is my castle: the best and worst in village architecture

01-03-2012 16:14 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Jan Kruml You may know the feeling – you return to your native village after a long absence and come across an eyesore – a building that screams “money, power and influence” and sticks out like a sore thumb from its surroundings. That is the kind of building that architect and photographer Jan Kruml likens to a flashing gold tooth.  More

Brno's Villa Tugendhat reopens after two year renovation

01-03-2012 16:13 | Dominik Jůn

Villa Tugendhat, photo: Barbora Kmentová This week saw the completion of a two year restoration project of Villa Tugendhat, a unique functionalist villa in the city of Brno. Its history matches that of Czechoslovakia: repeat occupation, dilapidation and ultimately restoration.  More

Jiří Trnka: 100th anniversary of the birth of a great Czech animator.

28-02-2012 14:34 | Dominik Jůn

Jiří Trnka This February marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the Czech Republic’s greatest animators, puppeteers and illustrators, Jiří Trnka. This milestone is being marked in the Czech Republic by the country’s National Film Archive; its Prague-based Ponrepo cinema screening a collection of Trnka’s films and documentaries about the artist until March 16th. Czech Centres around the globe – which exist to promote the Czech Republic - are also marking the anniversary heralding an exhibition called “Jiří Trnka: In the Service of the Imagination” which kicked off in Munich and also runs until March.  More

Analysis Results – new Krištof Kintera exhibit perplexes and provokes

28-02-2012 14:04 | Sarah Borufka

'Bad news' Krištof Kintera is one of the most respected contemporary Czech artists – he was recently given the title Artist of the Year – and his new exhibit offers an insight into his latest work. Provocative, whimsical and daring, the “Výsledky analýzy” show is one of the season’s most interesting exhibits. We take a look ahead of the opening.  More

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