On Saturday evening, the 46th edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival wrapped up and this year’s winners were announced – among them the Israeli movie Restoration, directed by Joseph Madmony. As a member of this year’s main competition jury, seasoned Israeli journalist Edna Fainaru was one of those who picked the winning submission.We spoke to her in the west Bohemian spa town and asked her about her experiences at film festivals all over the world, her take on the Karlovy Vary festival and if she still finds time to visit the theater,
Many readers of the daily Hospodářské noviny look forward to Petra Pospěchová’s weekly column in the paper’s weekend magazine, where she devotes a double page to a lovingly written article about a certain dish or ingredient, as well as provides a recipe and a gorgeous shot of the food. She is also known for her in-depth, critical pieces on the Czech food industry. Petra Pospěchová talks about the research process of such long-form articles, what first sparked her love for food and how she became a food writer.
In last week’s From the Archives, we heard how German troops marched into Prague on March 15 1939. The next day, Edvard Beneš, who had resigned as Czechoslovakia’s president in the wake of the Munich Agreement, and was in exile in London, told Britain’s Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain that from now on, he would be leading the resistance against the German occupation. Five months later, war broke out and at the end of 1939 the BBC began its broadcasts in Czech.
The former head of commercial TV Nova Petr Dvorak on Friday confirmed he would run for the post of director of Czech public television. In a statement for the ctk news agency he said the restructuring of Czech television had been bungled and was leading to a gradual slide in quality. He likewise criticized the lack of cooperation between individual channels. The post of Czech TV director will be vacant at the end of the summer when the current head Jiri Janecek will leave for health reasons.
A group of young people on Facebook have organized their own protest action against the trade union strike saying they plan to board the last metro on Wednesday night and refuse to leave it. The organizers have called on sympathizers to bring refreshments and musical instruments and prepare to spend the night. The protest group says trade unions have no right to curtail what for many is a prepaid service in the interest of a certain segment of the population.
The general director of Czech TV, Jiří Janeček, has announced that he will be resigning from his post due to health reasons. He said on Wednesday that he will be leaving the post, which he has held for eight years, at the end of August. He added that he was making the announcement in due time so that a new director could be found. He refused to provide a detailed explanation of his health. However, in 2007, Mr. Janeček suffered from a venous thrombosis.
The season finale of the popular TV singing competition Czechoslovak SuperStar will be broadcast live from Prague’s Incheba Arena on Sunday night. The finalists, Czech contestant Gabriela Gunčíková and Slovak contestant Lukáš Adamec, will be fighting to win the favor of the audience, along with a cash prize of 100,000 euro, or around 2.4 million Czech crowns. The two will compete in a total of three categories. Some 11,000 Czechs and Slovaks participated in this year’s Czechoslovak SuperStar competition. This year’s season was the second to take place in the two countries.
Jana Ciglerová studied journalism in Prague and in London, where she started working as a UK correspondent for the daily Lidové noviny when she was still a student. She has since then written for an interesting variety of publications, including The Observer. Upon her return to the Czech Republic, she became the editor-in-chief of Elle magazine, later launched a women’s weekly and currently works for the daily Mladá fronta Dnes as well as producing a TV show. In this week’s One on One, Jana Ciglerová speaks about UK media, feminism and how she first
Last Thursday, Czech Radio lost one of its most esteemed colleagues and the Czech Republic one of the major figures in modern music with the death of Ladislav Simon at the age of 82. His music has been a staple of television, radio and contemporary classical music for more than half a century and he was tirelessly involved in the artistic management of some of the country’s leading cultural institutions, such as the National Theatre, and the founding of Czech Television and the Prague Philharmonia.
Le Monde correspondent Fabrice Martin-Plichta has been living in Prague since before the Velvet Revolution. Indeed, the French journalist was working here at Radio Prague when those momentous changes occurred. Since 2004, Martin-Plichta has also been the head of the Czech Federation of Food Banks, an organisation which every year saves hundreds of tonnes of food from being destroyed and distributes it among the needy.
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