Miloš Forman’s digitally restored Loves of a Blonde is to be screened at
the Cannes Film Festival in May.
After Ikarie XB 1 and Diamonds of the Night it is the third old Czechoslovak movie to get a screening at Cannes.
Forman’s Loves of a Blonde premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 1965. It was later nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe award.
The digitally restored film will be screened in the Czech Republic in June.
Heat records were broken at 30 out of 150 monitoring stations around the
Czech Republic on Friday, the ctk news agency reported.
The highest temperature was recorded in Dobřichovice, near Prague, reaching 28.6 degrees. The oldest Czech monitoring station, in Prague’s Klementinum, which has been active since 1775, recorded a temperature of 27 degrees Celsius.
The highest temperature recorded on April 26 was 26.9 degrees in 1862.
Experts in the field of environmental protection say that if the proposed
conservation zones for the country‘s four national parks are approved in
their present form they will file a complaint with the European Commission.
They have tabled 42 reservations to the proposal, saying that precious localities have been placed in zones which would not give them adequate protection.
The Environment Ministry’s plan would see conservation zones redrawn for the next 15 years.
The four proposed zones are no-go zones which would be left to develop as primeval forests, a zone where human intervention would be limited to emergency access, a zone with special protection where farming and commercial forestry activities would be allowed and a zone enabling the development of local communities.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has announced that the planned government
reshuffle due to take place at the end of the month will also include a
change in the posts of deputy prime ministers.
Environment Minister Richard Brabec, who has served as deputy prime minister, will be replaced by two new deputy prime ministers: Finance Minister Alena Schillerová and the newly designated trade and industry minister Karel Havlíček.
Political scientists say the prime minister’s decision indicates a shift towards economic priorities in connection with the slowing of economic growth.
The Czech branch of the International watchdog Transparency International
has filed a criminal complaint against President Zeman’s chancellor,
The complaint is in connection with suspected fraud involving national and EU subsidies to the tune of 32 million crowns which Mynář received for a guesthouse he built in South Moravia.
According to Czech Television’s investigative reporters the subsidies were used at variance with the originally presented project.
The subsidies were allotted to an association founded by Mynář and a business company of his.
Vratislav Mynář has denied the allegations, saying they are part of a slander campaign against him.
The Czech Republic is currently not receiving any crude oil via the Druzba
pipeline, Pavel Švagr, head of the Administration of State Material
Reserves, said on Friday.
Švagr said the Litvinov refinery had oil reserves that would last for seven days. If deliveries of crude oil are not resumed by then, the country will have to tap its material reserves, he told the ctk news agency.
Deliveries to several countries were suspended on Thursday due to a contamination of the oil with high levels of organic chloride.
The Russian energy ministry said Transneft was trying to fix the problem as soon as possible and the according to the latest reports Russia has said deliveries could be renewed on Monday April 29th.
President Miloš Zeman, who is on a four-day working visit to China, is to
attend the opening ceremony of the second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on
The forum is attended by dozens of foreign leaders including Russian President Putin who is due to address the forum immediately after the Chinese president. President Zeman is due to present his address on Saturday.
On Friday the Czech head of state will be meeting with Czech and Chinese entrepreneurs and attend the signing of agreements on bilateral cooperation in the spheres of energy, aviation and hockey.
The Czech Conference of Rectors has appealed for people to vote in the
European elections and to cast their ballot in favour of pro-EU parties.
The rectors of the country’s leading universities say that the outcome of the European elections may significantly influence the development of the Czech Republic.
They point out how beneficial the country’s membership in the EU has been for the young generation in terms of funding for universities and the Erasmus student exchange program thanks to which 61,000 Czech students got the opportunity to study abroad.
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