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PLZEN: The first day of competition at the 27th Finale Plzen national festival of Czech and Slovak films offers up Milan Cieslar’s English-lingo Colette.

PRAGUE: The Danish fantasy adventure film The Shamer’s Daughter directed by Kenneth Kainz and produced by Nina Lyng and Eva Juel Hammerich from Nepenthe Film and coproduced by Storm Films (Norway), Filmlance (Sweden), Truenorth (Iceland) is currently shooting in the Czech Republic.

PRAGUE: Vera Chytilova, one of the leading filmmakers of the Czech New Wave cinema died yesterday (12 March 2014) in Prague at the age of 85. Among Czech filmmakers she has always been highly respected not only for her great contribution to the Czech cinema but also for her radical, uncompromising personality. 

PRAGUE: Czech TV’s new Art Channel  has reached an audience share of 0.59% as it marks six months since its launch, putting it on a par with cultural channels elsewhere in Europe.

PRAGUE: The MIDPOINT programme, which supports young professional writers, producers and directors in developing their films, toasted its first film to be screened at the Berlinale.

PRAGUE: Public broadcaster Czech TV Children Channel CT :D has topped the European kids TV ratings chart, after just five months on the market.

PRAGUE: Spirit of 45, the latest documentary by British director Ken Loach about post-war euphoria’s effect on British society, has been released under the day-and-date scheme in the Czech Republic.

After a year of negotiations, Jiří Vejdělek, the director of the hit Czech comedy Women in Temptation (2010) has sold the English language remake rights to British producer Gareth Unwin from Bedlam Productions. 

PRAGUE: Agnieszka Holland’s acclaimed film version of Burning Bush won six awards, including Best film of 2013, at the fourth Czech Critics Awards on 25 January 2014.

PRAGUE: Four films lead the nominations for the Czech Lion Awards. Burning Bush received 14 nominations, followed by 12 nominations for Like Never Before, and 11 each for Revival and Delight.