Comic books and graphic novels are rapidly becoming a popular and recognized form of Czech literature and they build on a tradition that in this country goes back well over a century. Lucie Lomová is one of the foremost representatives of the art form here and her books both for children and adults are hugely popular. A testimony to her talent is the fact that her books have even made an impact in France, the spiritual home of the comic strip. She talks to David Vaughan.
The 22nd inception of the respected Days of European Film is still two weeks away but now is the time to start thinking about tickets. This year the festival promises a number of titles, not only in Prague but also Brno and other cities. Radio Prague took the opportunity to discuss European cinema, art house theatres and more with the one of the festival’s main organisers, Zdeněk Blaha.
What is believed to be the biggest ever survey of Czech cinema visits and overall audiovisual habits has just been completed by the business body that groups producers of films, documentaries, adverts, and tv serials - the Audiovisual Producers’ Association (APA). They have a lot to be cheerful about from the results, but there are still some worrying consumer and industry trends that will need to be faced.
Twelve coffee houses in the Czech Republic will join celebrations of World Poetry Day on Saturday with a special offer: visitors will be able to pay for their coffee with a poem. The pay-with-a-poem initiative, which has now been adopted in over 1,000 coffee houses the world over, aims to bring poetry back into our increasingly hectic and consumerist lives.
People passing by náměstí Míru in Prague these days may have come across a strange pipe-like structure protruding from the ground. Though it looks like it might have been left there by workers, it is in fact the world’s first ever poetry jukebox, the so-called Poesiomat, invented by café owner and idea maker Ondřej Kobza. In this edition of In Focus, Ruth Fraňková went to have a look at it:
Kim Longinotto’s Dreamcatcher is a compelling documentary centred on the remarkable Brenda Myers-Powell. A former prostitute and drug addict, she now runs a foundation helping other women to get off the streets of Chicago. The film, which picked up a prize at Sundance, is also a shattering account of the abuse experienced by many girls and young women in the city’s ghettos.