Anifest, a weeklong festival dedicated to animated film has fast become a firm fixture on the Czech cultural calendar since it was established seven years ago. This year’s event, which was held in the picturesque South Bohemian town of Třeboň, screened 320 films in various competitive categories as well as several animated works out of competition from all over the world.
Welcome to SoundCzech, the programme in which listeners can learn about the Czech language through song lyrics. In this week’s edition, we look at an unusual, but common Czech phrase – “ani tak.” This phrase is used considerably in the song Ani tak nehoří from the cult 1978 Czech musical Balada pro banditu.
Some critics have already called it the most notable Czech film of the year – Petr Zelenka’s “The Karamazovs”. Inspired by Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel together with a famous long-running adaptation at Prague’s Dejvicke Theatre, the film opened in Prague on Thursday to wide anticipation. Layers within layers is one way of describing it as it focuses on actors performing the Karamazov story in a giant factory but it goes far beyond that, not only focusing on the actors on stage and off but also on one of the viewers. I sat down with the director a
All this week, moviegoers and directors are flocking to the West Bohemian town of Plzeň for one of the biggest film festivals in the country – Finále Plzeň. The festival is dedicated to Czech films, and will feature special screenings, concerts and talks with directors such as Jiří Menzel. One of the guests at the festival’s opening was Jana Černík from the Czech Film Chamber. She talked to Radio Prague’s Philippe Boudoux about the year that Czech film had had:
Hello and welcome to this month’s edition of Music Profile. Today, we’re leafing through the back catalogue of Václav Neckář – who you might know better for his acting than for his singing. Neckář can boast a string of number one albums in this country, spanning a period of over forty years, and he’s got an Oscar to boot. For what? Find out in Music Profile.
The One World (Jeden Svět) festival of human rights documentaries has established itself as one of the most interesting events on the Czech Republic’s cultural calendar, and the biggest festival of its kind in Europe. This year, to mark its 10th anniversary, One World (run by the NGO People in Need) is organising mini festivals in 10 cities around the world – including New York. At the opening at the city’s (under renovation) Bohemian National Hall on Monday night, I spoke to organiser Tereza Porybná.
Dudy is the Czech word for the bagpipes and Call of Dudy is the title of a documentary film focused on the Bohemian piping tradition. Featuring lots of great music and interesting interviews, it takes viewers to the instrument’s traditional strongholds in south and west Bohemia, and over the border into Bavaria.
Steve Lichtag, 54, is a respected Czech-American filmmaker who has travelled the world mapping everything from activity on coral reefs to the life of the Blue Whale. But most famously, the director captured what it’s like to swim with the ocean’s most feared predator – the Great White Shark – a creature any sane person would try their hardest to avoid. Not Lichtag: if there’s anything he enjoys, he made clear in a recent Radio Prague interview taped safely on dry land, it’s adventure. And when it comes to that, what better place to find it than
Thursday night sees the opening of the Febiofest film festival. Between now and next Thursday audiences in Prague will be able to choose from nearly three hundred films from all over the world. The festival will then travel outside Prague to eight other Czech and Moravian towns. Febiofest takes place at Prague’s Village cinemas at Anděl and when people have had enough of watching films they can enjoy a number of accompanying music programmes. Earlier today, I met the festival’s spokesman Pavel Sladký and asked him to tell me about the history of
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