Czech cinemas have recorded marked increases in both attendance and receipts so far this year, the Union of Film Distributors said on Tuesday. Almost 3.5 million cinema tickets were sold in the first quarter, up around half a million on the same period last year. The increase has been attributed to the success of Czech films such as I Served the King of England by Jiri Menzel and Jan Sverak's Empties.
It's just two and a half weeks now until the 42nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, one of the biggest events on the Czech cultural calendar. This year's most famous guest will be Rene Zellweger, star of Bridget Jones's Diary, though organisers also revealed a number of other interesting names at the last news conference before the glamorous festival begins. Programme director Julietta Zacharova outlined some of the likely highlights of this year's KVIFF.
For this week's Arts, we visited the 47th Zlín Film Festival, one of the oldest movie festivals in the world that is dedicated to children and young people. This event, which once primarily showcased socialist children's cinema, has become an important festival on the world film calendar after reinventing itself since the Velvet Revolution.
Kinoautomat, the Czechoslovak exhibit at Expo 67, is being revived at a Prague cinema on Tuesday night. Viewers have several opportunities to vote on what happens next in Clovek v dome (Man in His House), which has been described as the world's first interactive film. The revival, which runs till June 20, is taking place at Svetozor, the same cinema where the Kinoautomat took place in 1971 before being banned by the communists.
The 47th Zlin International Film Festival for Children and Youth opens in the town of Zlin on Sunday, May 27th. Festival visitors can enjoy the best of contemporary film for young audiences, attend events with both Czech and foreign filmmakers and choose from a rich supporting programme. 360 films from 40 countries will be screened between now and next Sunday. With almost 50 years of continual history the festival is among the oldest in the world.
Jan Saudek has long been recognised as one of the Czech Republic's most successful artistic photographers, whose pictures are easily identified for the photographer's particular use of light, hand-tinting and positioning of models, often nudes, against painted or plaster studio backdrops. Anyone acquainted with US band Soul Asylum's CD Grave Dancers Union will be familiar with at least one Saudek image. Mr Saudek's work was also featured in the worldwide Absolut vodka campaign. Here, in the Czech Republic, the photographer is no less
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