Masaryk is the name of a new Czech, Slovak, and German co-production focusing on dramatic years in the life of Jan Masaryk, the son of Czechoslovakia’s first president, who served as ambassador to Britain. The story, directed by Julius Ševčík, focusses primarily on the years leading up to WWII, most notably the signing of the Munich Agreement in which Czechoslovakia was abandoned by its allies and large parts of the country were ceded to Nazi Germany.
A new feature-length documentary film about the great Czech ice hockey player Jaromír Jágr is set to begin shooting later this year, iDnes.cz reported on Thursday. Producer Jiří Jurtin told the news site that the star had given permission for the making of 68, which refers to the number he wears on his jerseys. Mr. Jurtin said a top director would helm the documentary, while Czech and international interviewees have been lined up for the project, which will also draw on archive material. The film is due to premiere in autumn next year, when the NHL is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
Czech politicians have paid homage to the great Polish film director Andrzej Wajda who died on Sunday at the age of 90. A legend of Polish and world cinema, Mr Wajda’s films included early masterpieces like Ashes and Diamonds (1959) and later works such as Katyn (2007). Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka paid homage to the director in a tweet, while former dissident and former deputy Senate chairman Petr Pithart said that Mr Wajda had influenced him personally influencing his view of Poland and Polish history. Czech Culture Minister Daniel Herman called Mr Wajda “a legend”.
A new documentary film called RINO, a portrait of Karel Köcher, most successful Czechoslovak spy of the Cold War, who infiltrated CIA during the 1970s, has entered cinema distribution s on Thursday. The documentary, which premiered at last year’s Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, was directed by Jakub Wagner, who interviewed numerous former US agents and other officials for the film.
The Czech Film and Television Academy has nominated Ztraceni v Mnichově or Lost in Munich by Petr Zelenka to compete for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The comedy about the 1938 Munich Agreement took this year’s Czech Film Critics' Awards for Best Film Best Screenplay and Best Director. The Czech Republic has last won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1996’s with Jan Svěrák’s Kolya.
A fire at Prague’s Barrandov film studios has destroyed the set for a blockbuster television series around the Knights Templar in the 14th century which was set to pump over a billion crowns into the local economy. Shooting of Knightfall, a ten part series produced by Hollywood star Jeremy Renner, was due to start last weekend. I spoke to David Minkowski of Stillking film production, which co-produces the series, about the extent of the damage:
Czech viewers will finally get the chance to see Anthropoid at the end of September, when the much-anticipated movie hits cinemas around the country. Exploring the daring operation to assassinate Nazi governor Reinhard Heydrich in Prague in 1942, the film was directed and co-written by Englishman Sean Ellis. However, Anthropoid had considerable Czech input, including from Zdeněk Špitálník of Prague’s Military History Institute, who served as historical adviser on the movie. When we met at his office, I asked the young historian when he had first
The Czech premiere of the Czech-British coproduction Anthropoid which recreates the daring assassination of Nazi governor Reinhard Heydrich by Czechoslovak parachutists in 1942 has been scheduled for September 28th, on Czech Statehood Day, the ctk news agency reported. The movie, directed by Sean Ellis and starring Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy and Toby Jones had its world premiere at the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in July of this year.
The Czech Republic’s triumph at the Olympic Games in Japan’s Nagano in 1998 is to be created in an animated film, FilmNewEurope.com reported. Entitled Nagano – The Birth of Heroes the puppet-based film is being directed by Pavel Sadílek and will feature the voices of Vojta Dyk (as Jaromír Jágr) and Jiří Bartoška (Ivan Hlinka). It is due to premiere in February next year, on the 20th anniversary of the Nagano gold medal win.
The Czech film We Are Never Alone directed by Petr Václav will be screened in September at the prestigious Toronto film festival’s section Contemporary World Cinema, Markéta Šantrochová of the Czech Film Centre told the Czech News Agency on Friday. The film premiered at this year’s Berlinale’s Forum section where it received the Tagesspiegel Readers Jury Award. The bleak drama, starring Karel Roden and Lenka Vlasáková in the lead roles, later screened at several other international film festivals.