The renowned Czech actress and Charter 77 signatory Vlasta Chramostová has
died at the age of 92. Chramostová appeared in the classic 1969 film The
Cremator, the 1990s movie Sekal Has to Die and in Václav Havel’s film
adaptation of his own play Leaving, among other screen roles. The news of
her death was announced on Sunday by the Czech National Theatre, where she
was a member of the cast for many years.
Vlasta Chramostová was banned from appearing on screen, on TV or on radio following her rejection of the Soviet occupation that began in August 1968. After some short theatre engagements she was restricted to acting in underground productions, often in private apartments, until the Velvet Revolution of 1989.
Chramostová was active in the anti-Communist dissent and samizdat publication and was an early signatory of the Charter 77 protest document. In early 1989 she was convicted over her opposition activities.
She said that she had lived three lives: an acting life, a dissident life and a time of returns.
In 1998 President Václav Havel bestowed the Order of T.G. Masaryk on the acting legend for her contribution to human rights and democracy.
The biggest stars at this year’s Karlovy Vary film festival will be Julianne Moore, Casey Affleck and Patricia Clarkson, with Moore’s latest feature After the Wedding set to be screened at the opening ceremony on June 28. I discussed the main guests, his own personal recommendations and a special section this year devoted to early ‘90s Czechoslovak cinema with Karel Och, KVIFF’s artistic director.
U.S. Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore is set to receive the Crystal
Globe for her outstanding contribution to world cinema at the opening of
this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, festival organizers
announced on Tuesday.
Patricia Clarkson, who this year won a Golden Globe for her performance in
the HBO series Sharp Objects, will receive her career prize at the
festival’s closing ceremony.
Among other guests at this year’s Karlovy Vary Film Festival will be Casey Affleck, who will return to present his directorial debut Light Of My Life, which premiered in Berlin. This year’s edition of the festival will take place from June 28 to July 6.
Today Anna Thu Nguyenová is based in California, where she works with technology start-ups. But the young Czech-Vietnamese woman is familiar to many here in her native country thanks to roles on TV series, including a soap opera in which she appeared in over 100 episodes. Indeed, when we spoke recently she was taking a break from her business career to appear in a new Czech Television series. Some viewers will know her by her former name, Anh Thu Nguyen Thi, and she explained the change.
The popular Czech actor Václav Postránecký died on Tuesday evening at
the age of 75 of a severe illness, a National Theatre spokesman said. Some
media reported he had cancer.
Postránecký had long been a member of the theatre ensemble, and was also a successful radio, television and film actor. He appeared in approximately 170 films, most made for television, including the Czech-German series "Circus Humberto".
He began his career as a child actor in Prague. In his later years, he taught at FAMU, the country’s most famous film school. From 2005 to 2011, he was president of the Actor Association.
Vlasta “Aťka” Janoušková, best known for voicing the children’s
character Včelka Mája (The Adventures of Maya the Honey Bee), has died at
the age of 88.
Janoušková, who stood only 1.2 metres, was a prolific voice-over artist and had won the František Filipovský Prize for lifetime contribution to Czech dubbing.
She was the third child of a Prague jeweler. Her parents were sent to a concentration camp from which her father never returned.
The Adventures of Maya the Honey Bee was a Japanese anime television series from the mid-1970s based on the classic children's book by Waldemar Bonsels, which was extremely popular in Europe.
US film star Peter Fonda will be among the guests at this year’s edition
of Prague’s Febiofest Film Festival, organisers announced on Thursday.
The actor, perhaps best-known for his role in the cult film Easy Rider,
will attend the festival’s gala opening on 21 March.
The two-time Golden Globe winner will receive the Kristián award for contribution to world cinematography, as will the Danish Oscar-winning director Bille August and the popular Czech actress Jiřina Bohdalová
The festival will run in Prague from March 21 to 29, before moving to the regions.
Czech film and theatre actor Jiří Pecha died on Thursday at the age of
74. The information was confirmed by the spokeswoman for the Brno theatre
Husa na provázku.
Pecha was a member of the Brno theatre ensemble since the turn of the 1960s. Pecha has also starred in many films, including Forgotten Light by Vladimír Michálek and Pupendo by Jan Hřebejk.
In recent years, he returned to the stage of Husa na provázku in the lead role of the production of “The Grandmother”, based on the novel by Božena Němcová.