The Czech Republic has selected the road movie Všechno bude (Winter
Flies), directed by Olmo Omerzu, to compete for best foreign-language film
at the Oscars.
Although born in Slovenia, since his studies at Prague's FAMU film school, Omerzu has been firmly settled in Czech cinema.
Winter Flies, his third feature, was co-produced by the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia and Poland. The film premiered at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival where Omerzu took home the Best Director’s award.
The biggest public event marking the 50th anniversary of the invasion of Czechoslovakia was a concert that filled Prague’s Wenceslas Square on Tuesday evening. The culmination of the free show came with Marta Kubišová’s rendition of A Prayer for Marta, a song that came to symbolise the 1968 invasion.
An annual showcase of contemporary Czech films called Czech That Film is currently underway across the United States. The festival is the largest Czech cultural event in the country and offers both Czech expats and local film enthusiasts a unique chance to get acquainted with present-day Czech cinematography.
The south Bohemian town of Slavonice, which is known mainly for its uniquely preserved Gothic and Renaissance town houses, has been named Czech Historical Town of the year for 2017. The prize, which comes with a one-million cheque for further preservation works, honours towns and cities in the Czech Republic that have excelled in preserving and renewing their cultural and architectural heritage.
Ice Mother by Bohdan Sláma swept the boards at the main domestic film awards, the Czech Lions, on Saturday night. The bittersweet family drama collected six prizes, including Best Film and Best Director. This year’s Czech Lion ceremony was also marked by political protest, with some filmmakers taking a stand against the country’s leaders.
Politics repeatedly came to the fore at the Czech Lions on Saturday with
some of the country's best-known filmmakers, including academy award
winner Jan Svěrák, coming to the defense of public broadcaster Czech TV -
targeted last week by President Miloš Zeman in his inaugural address.
Mr Svěrák called the president's criticism of Czech TV, in which the head of state questioned the objectivity of its broadcasts, the "most serious attack on the station's independence since the Czech TV crisis of 2000".
Director Olga Sommerová, who ran for the right-wing TOP 09 party in the past, called on citizens and supporters of democracy to "stand up to the threat".
Actress Zuzana Kronerová, in her speech, reflected on dramatic developments in her native Slovakia, where the brutal murder of investigate journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancé has rocked the government of Prime Minister Robert Fico. She expressed sadness and disgust. In recent days tens of thousands came out to protest in Bratislava calling for the government to resign; Mr Kuciak had written about alleged ties between the mafia and the government.
The remains of Czech actor Ivan Jandl were interred today at Prague’s Vyšehrad cemetery thirty years after his death at the age of 50. Jandl was the first Czech to win an Oscar, albeit of the Special Juvenile variety, for the then nine-year-old’s performance in the Swiss-American production of the 1948 film The Search.
The ashes of the first Czech winner of an Oscar, Ivan Jandl, are to be
interred at a tomb at Prague’s Vyšehrad cemetery on Thursday. Jandl
received the Academy Juvenile Award for his role in the 1948 film The
Search, in which he played a nine-year-old Auschwitz survivor looking for
his mother in post-war Germany. He was not allowed to travel to the US to
collect the award in person.
The late child actor’s remains are being placed at Vyšehrad on the initiative of the Czech Association of Actors. Ivan Jandl did not continue as an actor but found work as an announcer on Czechoslovak Radio. He died in 1987.
Czech filmmaker Marie Dvořáková received a Student Academy Award for her
short film ‘Who is Who in Mycology’ at a ceremony at the Samuel Goldwyn
Theater in Beverly Hills on Friday night. Dvořáková is the second Czech
winner of a Student Oscar, after Jan Svěrák, who got it in 1989 for his
short film Oil Gobblers.
‘Who is Who in Mycology, which has been chosen as the bronze winner in the narrative film category, is Marie Dvořáková’s graduate film at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. The film was shot in Czech-US coproduction with Negativ Film Production and Czech Televison and it was supported by the Czech Film Fund.
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.