While the Coen Brothers’ No Country For Old Men has made world headlines for sweeping the boards at the Academy Awards, here in the Czech Republic THE story has been the success of the Czech musician Markéta Irglová, who with the Irish singer Glen Hansard took the Oscar for best original song with their composition Falling Slowly. Markéta Irglová, who is just 19 years of age, has become the first Czech to win that award. What's more, her acceptance speech went down a storm.
The Czech Republic will be represented at Sunday evening’s Oscar ceremony by Marketa Irglová, who is nominated, alongside Irishman Glen Hansard in the best song category. Hansard and Irglová received a nomination for the song ‘Falling Slowly’ which they wrote and performed in the film ‘Once’. The duo will perform the song at Sunday evening’s Oscar ceremony. The film ‘Once’ follows the relationship which develops between an Irish busker and a Czech immigrant in Dublin, and was one of the surprise hits of last year. It has already won an audience award at the Sundance Film Festival, and an LA Film Critics’ Award for its soundtrack.
The Irish independently-produced movie Once with Czech singer Markéta Irglová has been nominated for the Academy Award for best original song for the ballad Falling Slowly. The romance of an Irish busker with a Czech immigrant in Dublin stars Czech singer Markéta Irglová and Irish musician Glen Hansard. Produced for 160,000 US dollars, it has made more than 15.2 million dollars world wide. Last year, it won the audience award at the Sundance film festival in the United States and also won the Grammy awards nomination for best soundtrack.
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Director Bobby Garabedian comes from Hollywood but it was a short film he made in the Czech Republic, in the Czech language, which got him nominated for an Oscar this year. The film's Czech title is Most (rhymes with cost), meaning 'bridge', though the English title is Most (rhymes with toast). It is a moving film about a man, brilliantly played by Vladimir Javorsky, who is forced to choose between saving his son and saving a train full of strangers, when an accident occurs at the rail bridge he operates. Bobby Garabedian visited many European
All the Czech papers lead with Monday's shocking murder of a teacher who was stabbed by his student in the east Bohemian town of Svitavy. The Academy Awards that were held in Los Angeles early on Monday morning CET also make the front pages, with the Lord of the Rings: Return of the King emerging as the clear winner of the night with a record eleven Oscars. But it was not a lucky night for the Czech film industry as Zelary, the Czech nominee in the Foreign Film category, came close but not close enough, the papers report.
The legendary cinematographer Miroslav Ondricek will be presented the American Society of Cinematographers International Achievement Award this weekend in Los Angeles, California. The prolific cameraman began his career in Czechoslovakia, with the emergence of what was known as the "New Wave" of Eastern European filmmakers in the early 1960s. He began his career working on documentaries and later started studying at the Prague film school FAMU. He entered the Hollywood mainstream during the late 1970s and now has 40 film credits and a number of
As the Academy Awards loom the Czech Republic once again finds itself rooting for one of its own - Ondrej Trojan - the director of Zelary - who brought a cycle of stories by writer Kveta Legatova to the big screen. The story, set in the rugged mountainous Walachia region of Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia during World War II, brings together characters from opposite social backgrounds. The male lead, the role of a blacksmith played by Gyorgy Cserhalmi, is wounded and brought to hospital where Anna Geislerova, a nurse in the resistance tries to save