The Zlín International Film Festival for Children and Youth kicks off on
Friday. It is both the oldest and largest film festival of its kind in the
This year’s 59th edition will feature 280 films from 51 countries, incuding showings and events outside of the southern Moravian town.
The main visual theme this year celebrates the spirit of travel. In part, the 100th birthday of Zlín resident and world traveller Miroslav Zikmund inspired the choice.
The 58th Zlín International Film Festival for Children and Youth on Monday
welcomed the biggest star at this year’s festival Andrea Morricone, one
of the greatest contemporary Italian composers and conductors, and the son
of the phenomenal composer Ennio Morricone.
Andrea Morricone composed the music for the film 72 Hours in Bangkok, a film by Czech director and producer Lubomír Haltmar, which had its world premiere at the festival on Monday night.
Morricone is to receive the festival’s main award –the Golden Slipper – for his contribution to world cinematography.
The Zlín film festival is screening around 500 movies, of which 169 are competing for the main award.
The 58th International Film Festival for Children and Youth opens in the
town of Zlín on Friday night. The festival, which runs until June 2nd,
will screen some 300 films from around 50 counties of which 18 will have
their world premiere in Zlín.
169 films are competing for the main festival prize The Golden Slipper, the Europe Award and the Zlín Dog, among others. The festival expects to attract over 120,000 visitors.
Among the VIP guests this year is Andrea Morricone, one of the greatest contemporary Italian composers and conductors, and the son of the phenomenal composer Ennio Morricone.
Andrea Morricone composed the musical composition for the film 72 Hours in Bangkok, a film by Czech director and producer Lubomír Haltmar, which is having its world premiere screening on Monday, May 28at the festival.
For over thirty years, the US and UK based publishing house Readers International has been helping to draw attention to the work of writers from countries where they face political pressures, censorship and exile. Over the decades, it has published writing from across the world. One of its founders was Dorothy Connell, who was in Prague recently for the Bookworld book fair. The days of the Cold War, when writers in this part of the world were having to smuggle manuscripts abroad to have any chance of being published, may be long past, but as Dorothy
The Zlín Film Festival, one of the oldest international film festivals for children and youth in the world, opens on Friday. Over the next eight days festival-goers will be able to choose from 326 films from a record 62 countries. The57th edition of the festival will put a special focus on Swiss and Swedish films for children and celebrate the 110th anniversary of the birth of the famous children’s author Astrid Lindgren. The festival will open on Friday night with a documentary about Hermina Tyrlová, one of the pioneers of Czech animated film.
The renowned Czech writer Ivan Klíma, author of novels such as Love and Garbage and the autobiography My Crazy Century, turned 85 on Wednesday. Klíma became a dissident in communist Czechoslovakia after the Soviet invasion and was one of a number of Czech writers who were forced to publish in samizdat at home while simultaneously enjoying international success. I discussed aspects of Ivan Klíma’s work and life with Gerald Turner, who has translated a number of the author’s works, including Judge on Trial.
Wednesday is the 85th birthday of the great Czech novelist and playwright Ivan Klíma. The Prague-born author, whose best-known novels include Love and Garbage and Judge on Trial, spent part of his childhood in the Terezín concentration camp. Following the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia he became a banned writer, publishing in samizdat. His most recent work was the acclaimed autobiography My Crazy Century, which came out in English in 2013.
Prague City Hall will award six honorary citizenships this year, the city council decided on Thursday. The recipients include sculptor Olbram Zoubek, writer Ivan Klíma, Jiří Suchý, radio and television announcer and Charter 77 signatory Kamila Moučková, founder of the Prague International Marathon Carlo Capalbo and Emil Zátopek’s wife and Olympic medal winner Dana. The official ceremony will take place at the Old Town Hall on June 27. Honorary citizenship of Prague has been awarded since 1920. Two people, the communist-era presidents Klement Gottwald and Gustav Husák, have been removed from the list in the past.
The world premiere of the digitally restored copy of Baron Prášil or The Fabulous Baron Munchhausen, a legendary film by Karel Zeman, will launch this year’s edition of the Zlín International Film Festival, which gets underway on Friday. The 1961 film, combining live action with various forms of animation, was restored within a project called We are cleaning up the world of fantasy, which aims to digitally restore three films by the visionary filmmaker. The new version of The Fabulous Baron Munchhausen will be screened for the first time on Thursday in Prague’s Lucerna cinema.