Eight-year-old Ema notices that something is very wrong one day after her father forgets to give her a kiss before going to work. In fact, kisses are disappearing all over and previously happy families begin to fight as a result. That is the opening premise of a new children’s book called Ema a pusinkový lupič, published by Mladá fronta.
One of the VIP guests at this year’s international film festival Febiofest was 1950s Hollywood actress Kim Novak, best known for her lead role in Alfred Hitchcock’s famous movie Vertigo. Born Marilyn Pauline Novak, to Czech parents, Kim dreamed of becoming a great artist, and she even won two scholarships to the prestigious Chicago Art Institute, but her life followed a different path after she was discovered by a Hollywood agent.
American Jeffrey Zamoff has been living in Prague for six years, earning his living as an English teacher and collecting and selling old vinyl records for pleasure. Two years ago, he decided to enlarge his offer with used English books for kids and discovered a hole in the market. His hobby soon turned into a small business, and besides running an internet shop, he has just opened a brick and mortar shop in the city. When I met Jeffrey Zamoff, I asked him how he came up with the idea in the first place:
The Czech Academy of Sciences this year marks 125 years since its establishment. The country’s largest research institution will celebrate the anniversary with a series of events that will take place throughout the whole year. One of the highlights of these celebrations so far was a video mapping on the Academy’s headquarters that took place last week.
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.