A director who documented the last few years of Václav Havel’s life has
received more than twice the initial amount he sought through a Czech
crowdfunding site to begin work on editing his film.
Petr Jančárek, who worked with the late Czech president from 2009 to 2011, shot some 200 hours of material that will be edited for a feature-length documentary.
He had sought 400,000 crowns in public donations through the crowdfunding site HitHit but received more than 1 million crowns in the first 10 days. Jančárek will continue trying to raise money through crowdfunding sites Kickstarter and Indiegogo, his representative told ČTK.
Entitled “This is Havel, Can You Hear Me?”, the documentary is set to premiere in November 2019, to mark the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia and the fall of Communism in Europe.
Jančárek is hoping to get the rights for songs by some of Havel’s favourite musicians, including the Rolling Stones, Lou Reed and David Bowie, for a symbolic price.
The week-long East Doc Platform, billed as the largest co-production,
funding and distribution platform tailor-made for Central and East European
documentaries, begins on Saturday in Prague.
This year’s theme, “Eastern Logic”, refers what organisers say is the unique identity and style shared by countries of the former Eastern Bloc. It describes thinking that manifests itself in documentary films from the region, from a technical and thematic aspect.
East Doc Platform is organised by the Institute for Documentary Film and One World film festival.
A Czech man has won a white Lamborghini given to Pope Francis by the
Italian carmaker last year to support a charity lottery.
Pope Francis signed hood of the Lamborghini Huracán model last year and blessed it before turning the car over for auction.
The lottery raised over 200,000 euros through the sale of the "popemobile" for a charity that helps the Christian community in Iraq, including to rebuild churches destroyed by the so-called Islamic State.
Czech tycoon Radovan Vítek has bought a portfolio of flats on London’s
“Billionaires’ Row” for £55 million through developer CPI Property
Group, British daily the Evening Standard reports.
CPI has teamed up with London-based private investor Dean Main to buy 11 apartments on The Bishops Avenue, the paper said, citing unnamed industry sources.
Mr Vitek is worth $3.5 billion according to business magazine Forbes.
The Czech National Bank (ČNB) has denied speculation it might have acted
through foreign counterparts to limit crown weakening at the end of 2018,
In response to a question on market rumours, board member Tomáš Holub told reporters on the margin of a conference in Prague he could unambiguously reject that happened.
Any swings in the ČNB’s balance sheet would have been caused by autonomous action by foreign clients of the central bank, he said.
Jiří Kajínek, convicted of series of contract murders but released on a
presidential pardon in 2017, gave witness testimony on Friday in a Brno
court about a planned murder.
Prosecutors say a woman promised her lover 50 million crowns if he killed her husband. Mr Kajínek, who acknowledged that he knew the woman’s lover, said he had no knowledge about a contract killing.
The woman’s lover, Jiří Kopriva, allegedly pusher her husband over the edge of a rock quarry outside of Brno, but he managed to grab on to something and so did not fall to his death.
Mr Kajinek became something of a celebrity after escaping from the country’s maximum security prison several years ago. He spent a total of 23 years in prison. He and Mr Kopriva became acquainted soon after his release.
Washington Wizards point guard Tomáš Satoranský says he “refused” to
meet Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) following the NBA team’s
victory at home on Wednesday over the Dallas Mavericks.
In a social media posting, he cited the politician’s alleged past as a collaborator with the communist-era secret police, the StB.
The Czech prime minister said he attended the NBA basketball game with his wife to take in the “atmosphere” and did not even try to meet Mr Satoranský, one of the few Czech playing in the American league.
Mr Babiš, who is on an official visit to Washington, D.C., met U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House Thursday.
He told reporters he was not surprised internet “trolls” had spread talk about him ahead of the basketball game and been in touch with Mr Satoranský.
The Czech state will remain owner of a Baroque flower garden in
Kroměříž, according to a ruling by the Moravia town’s district court,
which rejected a claim by the Archdiocese of Olomouc.
The Flower Garden of Kroměříž is exceptional in a broader European context as it represents a transition between late renaissance Italian gardens and classical Baroque gardens of the French style.
The Archdiocese argued that the garden, a UNESCO World Heritage site, forms a coherent whole with the adjacent chateau, both of which the Catholic Church recovered in 2015 in restitution. The properties had been confiscated by the communist regime.
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