In this week’s In Focus, we look at the success of a new Czech documentary called Fulmaya, the Girl with Skinny Legs. The film is a portrait of Slovak actress and musician Dorota Nvotová and how she chose a path less travelled: life in Nepal for six years where she worked as a guide and above all helped to raise funds for children at a local orphanage.
A new documentary about the late Czech documentary maker Pavel Koutecký is set to receive its premiere in Prague on Tuesday night. Jana Počtová’s film, entitled Fragmenty P.K. (Fragments of P.K.), maps the life and work of Koutecký, who was killed in 2006 before completing one of the most successful Czech documentaries of recent years, Občan Havel (Citizen Havel), a portrait of the former president. Koutecký died after falling from an uncompleted Prague skyscraper at the age of 49.
Today in Mailbox: Response to our broadcasts, new QSL cards for 2014, answers to last month's listeners' quiz question. Listeners/readers quoted: Lynda-Marie Hauptmann, Odon Porto de Almeida, Harold Yeglin, Jaroslav B. Tusek, Jaroslaw Jedrzejczak, Li Ming, Paul R Peacock, Valery Lugovski, Colin Law.
A festival of Iranian films held in Prague this week brings over two dozen feature films, shorts and documentaries to audiences in the Czech capital. Entitled Iran: A Different Reflection, the third edition of the festival focuses on contemporary Iranian cinema, featuring films such as The Past by the Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi, and A Cube of Sugar, the country’ official candidate for this year’s Academy Awards.
Karel Och, who hails from a small town in the Vysočina region, is artistic director of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. For most of the year, Och and his colleagues are based in a building on Panská St. in downtown Prague, directly behind the Holy Cross Church on the bustling Na příkopě. Our tour of “his Prague” begins in his cosy office, which at present overlooks a construction site on Panská.
Closely Watched Trains, director Jiří Menzel’s masterwork which won the 1967 Best Foreign Language Oscar, will be digitally restored in time for the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival next year. The decision was announced on Monday by festival organisers together with representatives of the National Film Archive. The film is one of the best-known to come out of the Czech New Wave in the 1960s. It was based on a book of same name by Bohumil Hrabal and starred a young Václav Neckář in the lead role.
Jiří Menzel received a lifetime achievement award at the Grand OFF World Independent Short Film Festival in Warsaw, Poland on Sunday. The Oscar-winning Czech film director is extremely popular in Poland where he attended a screening of all his films this spring. His best-known films include the Oscar-winning Closely Watched Trains, Larks on a String, Cutting it Short and My Sweet Little Village.
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