Queer film festival Mezipatra returns in November, but already this week, the organization is hosting "Identity in the City," an English-language film series running parallel to Prague Pride. We spoke with Mezipatra director Pavel Bicek to learn about the weeklong event, and why his organization has endured in the Czech Republic for nearly two decades.
Czech Radio has organized a week-long film screening of New Wave films in
Prague's Karlin district starting Monday 6th to mark the 50th
anniversary of the crushing of the Prague Spring. It will screen one film a
day starting with the 1967 psychological drama The Cremator.
Czech Radio will be at the center of a series of commemorative events marking 50 years since the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. It is cooperating closely with the National Museum, the National Film Archive and the Institute for Study of Totalitarian Regimes to produce a video-mapping of the August events, including a 13-hour special starting late on August 20th which will follow the events of that night and the early hours of August 21st when Russian tanks rolled into the country to crush the democratic reforms of the Prague Spring movement.
Director David Ondříček will begin shooting a film about the life of
Czechoslovak long-distance runner Emil Zátopek, who won three gold medals
at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, in April 2019. With a draft budget
of over 92 million crowns, the biopic will be among the most expensive
Czech films ever made. Much of it will be shot in Helsinki, adding to
This Monday marks 70 years since Zátopek, nicknamed the "Czech Locomotive", won his first Olympic gold medal, in the 10-kilometre race at the London Games. He was the first runner to break the 29-minute barrier in the 10,000-metre race. Zátopek is the only athlete in history to win gold in the 5,000-metre, 10,000-metre, and marathon in the same Olympics.
The 44th annual Summer Film School and festival in Uherské Hradiště gets underway on Friday. Over the coming week, it will screen 202 films – including retrospectives of Lars von Trier and special guest Mike Leigh, who will also introduce three films that inspired him most – including the late great Miloš Forman’s classic Loves of a Blonde.
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival prides itself on helping films from the former Eastern Bloc reach international audiences. One way the festival achieves this is via its Film Industry Office, which supports projects from around the region in a number of ways. I discussed the office’s work with its head, Hugo Rosák.
One of the most anticipated Czech documentaries at the 2018 Karlovy Vary international film festival had its world premiere on Monday night. King Skate combines period images and contemporary interviews to map the tiny skateboarding scene in 1980s Czechoslovakia. I asked the film’s director Šimon Šafránek how domestic skaters managed to acquire boards in the late communist era.
The biggest star at the opening of the 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival was Hollywood actor Tim Robbins. On receiving the event’s lifetime achievement award, Robbins, a well-known liberal, took aim at Donald Trump’s presidency – but he also praised the special role that film festival’s play in today’s culture.
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on Friday paid tribute to the work of the late Czech film director Miloš Forman. Forman had a knack for making great movies, be it on a generous Hollywood budget or a skimpy one in communist Czechoslovakia, with censors on his back. And music was an indelible part of the film magic he weaved.