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PRAGUE: Bollywood romantic road movie The Ring, starring Shah Rukh Khan, is currently shooting in Prague and set to spend almost 2 m EUR there. The film directed by Imtiaz Ali is produced by the prominent Bollywood production and distribution company Red Chillies Entertainment. Czech company Punk Film is providing services.

PRAGUE: British/Czech/French coproduction Anthropoid by Sean Ellis, starring Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan, had 2,515,408 EUR gross in the US since opening on 12 August 2016. The WWII drama about the assassination of Nazi General Reinhard Heydrich will open in the Czech Republic on 28 September 2016, a national holiday in the country.

PRAGUE: A massive fire broke out at Prague Barrandov Studio on the night of 26 August 2016, causing damage estimated at approximately 3.7 m EUR. The set of Knightfall, the US television drama series which started shooting for the History Channel in July 2016, burnt down.

PRAGUE: New Czech production company Cinema Belongs To Us, founded by filmmaker Asmara Beraki, is currently in production with the low budget film The Absence of Closeness. This psychological drama is the debut feature by Josef Tuka, who studied at FAMU under the tutelage of Věra Chytilová.

PRAGUE: The Bohemian region of Usti nad Labem is setting up a film office that will attract filmmakers to the area. Regional authorities also want to encourage the development of film tourism.

PRAGUE: Pavel Sadílek’s Nagano -The Birth of Heroes, a long puppet animated film made under the auspices of the Czech Olympic Committee and the Czech Ice Hockey, is currently in pre-development.

PRAGUE: Director/producer/screenwriter Petr Jákl is preparing a historic epic film about one of the most important personalities in the Czech history, Bohemia’s greatest warrior Jan Žižka of Trocnov. Expected to be the most expensive project in the history of Czech cinema, Jan Žižka is slated to be shot in 2017-2018..

PRAGUE: Czech director/actor Miroslav Krobot is currently shooting his second feature film, Quartet / Kvarteto. The film stars popular Czech actors such as Jiří Schmitzer and Barbora Poláková.

PRAGUE: Several big international productions are shooting and prepping in the Czech Republic in the second half of 2016. The spend of international productions in the Czech Republic has increased almost by 500 percent since the introduction of the incentives in 2010.

PRAGUE: Almost a half of Czechs go to the cinema less often than once a year or even not at all. Czechs prefer watching films at home to visiting cinema, according to a poll ordered by the Czech Television and conducted by the TNS AISA agency.