When they give a bagful of Academy Awards to some load of epic rubbish, as they seem to so often do, it merely confirms my belief that the Academy is made up of sentimental Hollywood insiders lobbied to within an inch of their lives. But when they give an Oscar to a director/actor/film I admire I instantly (and stupidly) attach value to the award and am really pleased. At least you got it right this time, I think.
In this edition of Czechs Today, we talk to Ondřej Kohout, a painter and stage designer who left Czechoslovakia with his family in the early 1980s after signing the Charter 77 manifesto. He went to live in Vienna where he reunited with his father, the poet and playwright Pavel Kohout, who had been forced out of his country by communist authorities. In the Austrian capital Ondřej Kohout established himself as an independent artist, and since 1983 he has had more than 60 exhibitions in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany and other European countries.
The young Czech musician Markéta Irglová charmed many around the world with her winning appearance at Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony, where she and her Irish partner Glen Hansard took the award for best original song for Falling Slowly. Markéta, who only graduated from secondary school last summer, is from the quiet south Moravian town of Valašské Meziříčí. However, perhaps it isn’t so quiet at the moment: local people have been celebrating her wonderful success – and are now considering how they should honour the 19-year-old. Irena Brauwerová works
While the Coen Brothers’ No Country For Old Men has made world headlines for sweeping the boards at the Academy Awards, here in the Czech Republic THE story has been the success of the Czech musician Markéta Irglová, who with the Irish singer Glen Hansard took the Oscar for best original song with their composition Falling Slowly. Markéta Irglová, who is just 19 years of age, has become the first Czech to win that award. What's more, her acceptance speech went down a storm.
The Czech band Support Lesbiens first got its start in the early 1990s, introducing a hard, punkish sound often drawing comparisons with the then popular Seattle scene and grunge music. The band was founded by a group of young Czech musicians that included then-DJ Kryštof Michal a slight but dynamic individual with a talent for vocals who soon became the most energetic of frontmen. Support Lesbiens - in Music Profile.
If you want to see original English drama performed on a Czech stage, come to Prague’s Divadlo Minor this weekend. Saturday will see the premiere of this year’s three best plays selected by the jury of The Prague Post Playwriting Contest. The winners of the competition, organized by the English-language weekly, get the chance to see their plays produced by theatre professionals. I went to have a look at the last minute preparations at Divadlo Minor.
A Bucket of Blood, The Bride of the Monster and Blood Feast: what do these rather unusual titles have in common? Apparently they’re some of the worst movies ever made, and this week you have the rare chance of seeing them on the big screen. The Shockproof Film Festival got underway at Prague’s Aero cinema on Tuesday; I spoke to the festival’s organiser Petr Šaroch.
As a writer Jiří Stránský has never had to look far beyond his own extraordinary life story for inspiration. He was born in 1931 into an influential Prague political family – in fact his maternal grandfather even served for three years as prime minister in the 1930s. During the German occupation Jiří’s father Karel survived Auschwitz, and as a teenager Jiří took part in the Prague Uprising in the last days of the war. But ironically, the family suffered just as much under the communists after the war as they had under the Germans. They had never
In 2007 almost all of the Czech Republic’s national newspapers began offering their readers cheap DVDs. Such movies are not free supplements as you might get in the UK for instance, but are sold separately at an extremely low cost. These DVDs have become a real phenomenon, with almost 60 million entering distribution last year. What does this mean for the industry? And can the boom last?