"The Painted Bird" by Czech director Václav Marhoul received the
Cinema for UNICEF award from a student jury at the international film
festival in Venice on Friday.The award is traditionally given to the film
that best addresses children's rights issues.
Adapted from the 1965 novel of the same name by Polish-American writer Jerzy Kosinski, "The Painted Bird" is set in the Eastern Europe's countryside in the final phase of World War II, seen through the eyes of a little boy who encounters cruelty and violence.
Václav Marhoul said the award was fantastic news because it showed that young people had understood his film and its message.“Some critics wrote that the movie is all about brutality and violence, but the young audience saw exactly what I intended them to see: hope, light and humanity, so they actually counterbalanced some people's opinions,"Marhoul told the ctk news agency .
"The Painted Bird is not a war film, nor even a Holocaust film... the story forces us to ask ourselves many unpleasant questions, and to seek often very painful answers," Marhoul explained at the movie's presentation.
The film is competing for the festival‘s main award, the Golden Lion.
One of the world’s most acclaimed surrealist filmmakers Jan Švankmajer turned 85 on Wednesday. His signature surreal style, which relies on stop-motion animations and exaggerated sounds, has not only created many world renowned films in the genre, but also influenced other major artists such as Terry Gilliam and Jose Garcia Moreno.
Serial Killer – billed as the first international festival of TV and web series in Central and Eastern Europe – is the brainchild of Kamila Zlatušková, a former vice-dean of Prague’s famous FAMU film school and seasoned TV professional. Inspired by the likes of France’s Series Mania and the Edinburgh television festival, Serial Killer seeks out provocative original stories with novel approaches to telling them.
The world premiere of The Painted Bird by Czech director Václav Marhoul
received long ovations at the Venice International Film Festival, where it
is in the main competition, on Tuesday evening. The premiere was attended
by several of its stars, including Julian Sands, Stellan Skarsgard, Udo
Kier and Barry Pepper. Its Czech lead Petr Kotlár appeared on the red
carpet but did not watch the gruelling film in view of his young age.
While some critics reportedly walked out of a press screening, The Painted Bird has received positive reviews from such outlets as The Guardian and Variety.
The Painted Bird, Vaclav Marhoul’s adaptation of the 1965 novel by
Polish-born writer Jerzy Kosiński, a controversial novel set in WWII about
a boy subject to physical, emotional and sexual abuse by ignorant and
superstitious peasants, will have its journalists’ premiere at the
International Film Festival in Venice on Monday night.
The film is competing for a Golden Lion Award, the first Czech movie to do so in a quarter of a century.
Its first public screening is scheduled for Tuesday, September 3.
For the first time in 25 years, a majority Czech feature is in the main completion at Venice, one the world’s most prestigious film festivals. Director Václav Marhoul is vying for a Golden Lion award with his adaptation of The Painted Bird, a controversial novel set during WWII about a boy subject to all manner of abuse by eastern European villagers.
Slovak screenwriter Karol Hlávka and Croatian director Lordan Zafranović
are preparing a feature film about one of the key figures of the Prague
Spring, Slovak politician Alexander Dubček, entitled The Human Face, the
ctk news agency reported.
The movie will not be a biopic of Dubček but rather a political thriller that focuses on key events in his life and holds parallels to greater political contexts, according to screenwriter Karol Hlávka.
It is not yet clear who will play the lead role. According to the film’s producer Andrej Antonio Leca the part of Soviet leader Leonic Breznev will go to the French actor with Russian citizenship Gérard Depardieu is.
Shooting is to begin in 2021 and the film is scheduled to premiere the following year.
EDISON Filmhub is a new boutique cinema in the heart of Prague. It exhibits top festival films, premiers, hosts debates, discussions and talks along with a modern café. The former Edison electric company venue, a functionalist building protected by UNESCO, opened its doors to the public on June 1st. I spoke to the director of Film Europe Media Company, Ivan Hronec, about what makes EDISON Filmhub so unique and how it aims to draw visitors to the cinema in the age of Netflix and other streaming services.
One of the Czech Republic’s most-highly respected film festivals – the
Summer Film School in Uherské Hradiště – wraps up on Saturday with the
screening of a documentary film by Olga Sommerová about the Czech singer
songwriter Jiří Suchý, founder of the legendary Semafor theatre.
The 45th edition of the festival featured over 200 films, as well as concerts, debates, shows and debates. Among the notable guests this year were Czech director Hynek Bočan, Polish filmmakers Lech Majewski and Wojciech Smarzowski, and the Slovak actor Milan Lasica.
The 45th annual Summer Film School in Uherské Hradiště saw its opening
ceremony on Saturday evening. At the launch, film and television
screenwriter Hynek Bočan received the annual Association of Czech Film
Clubs Award. The association said the playful and intelligent nature of Mr.
Bočan's films were among the reasons behind the award. The
81-year-old's new film Bumerang was then screened at the festival.
Polish director Lech Majewski and Slovak actor Milan Lasica are also expected to receive awards this year.
The ten day long Summer Film School features 200 films and will run until August 4th. This year, organisers have divided the programme into three sections: History, the Present and Czechia/Slovakia.
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