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For the sixth time, the Prague International Film Festival – Febiofest features a special section called Culinary Cinema, which combines the latest films with a unique dining experience. The project’s founder is the former Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick who has now become a programme consultant for Febiofest, as well as a patron of its cinema-meets-dining evenings. One evening will be focused on modern Czech cuisine, another on Japanese cuisine and the third one will be run by a female master chef. 

As part of the 27th edition of the festival, Culinary Cinema will once again offer three special menus put together by renowned master chefs: Mirek Kalina, Tereza Jeřábková and Ondřej Koráb. The screenings of Puzzle, The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution and Le Chocolat de H. will take place from Friday, 20 March to Sunday, 22 March at the CineStar multiplex in Prague’s Smíchov. Viewers will then move to the adjacent Vienna House Andel’s Prague hotel, home of the novel restaurant Delight.

Friday, 20 March will be dedicated to Puzzle by American producer and director Marc Turtletaub. The story of a woman who develops a passion for jigsaw puzzles which subsequently helps her put together the puzzle pieces of herself has inspired chef Mirek Kalina to put together a unique menu. His jigsaw for this film – a menu entitled A Taste Puzzle – comprises a broad array of tastes: savoury, sweet, bitter and sour. Diners can enjoy Wallachian sour soup, beef tartar, roast cod, veal sweetbread and semolina pudding.

Saturday’s film-matching menu has been created by a female master chef, Tereza Jeřábková. Her menu, entitled Northern Spring, will complement The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution by Canadian screenwriter and director Maya Gallus. The film, which opened Culinary Cinema at the 2019 Berlinale, is a documentary about women who have overturned the traditional view of the chef profession as a purely male preserve and changed the rules and customs of the culinary craft. Tereza Jeřábková highlights this development with a novel menu including duck, catfish and chocolate, all paired with complementary wines.

The three-day culinary feast concludes on Sunday, 22 March with a screening of Le Chocolat de H by Japanese director Takashi Watanabe. The documentary portrait of Japanese confectioner Hironobu Tsujiguchi, who has turned chocolate making into an art form, has inspired the menu of the highly acclaimed Ondřej Koráb. Entitled Chocolate Samurai, it will include Japanese pancakes as well as beef sirloin and salted chocolate. 

All film screenings begin at 6 pm with dinner following at 8 pm. Each evening will be hosted by TV presenter Jolana Voldánová while pianist and singer Václav Tobrman will help create a pleasant ambience.

Mirek Kalina 

Well-known two-season juror on the MasterChef TV show, owner of the Kalina Anežka and Kalina Kampa restaurants in Prague and expert on fish and game. Focuses on Czech cuisine, high-quality ingredients and precise seasoning. Garnered experience throughout Europe and today passes it on at the Gourmet Academy. 

Tereza Jeřábková 

After 13 years at the Municipal House’s Francouzská restaurace moved to Le Terroir and began making gastronomy-focused trips to northern countries. Cooked at Bistrot 104 and today is a deputy head chef at SOHO+ and a head chef at the KVLT13 pop-up restaurant where she cooks 13-course meals for 13 guests.    

Ondřej Koráb 

Gained experience at restaurants in England and Canada, cooked at Mandarin Oriental hotels in Prague and London and at the Prague hotels Augustine, Kempinski Hybernská, and The Grand Mark. Most recently worked at the Michelin-starred Marcus in London. Has enjoyed success at cooking competitions and food festivals and has cooked for global celebrities. 

Marc Turtletaub

Marc Turtletaub, co-founder of the Big Beach production company, is behind many award-winning films, from the Oscar-winning Little Miss Sunshine, to Philip Seymour Hoffman's debut Jack Goes Boating, and Away We Go by Sam Mendes. Puzzle is his feature debut.

Puzzle

Forty-something, Agnes is a typical housewife who has devoted her whole life to taking care of her sons and husband Louie. But everything changes when she gets a jigsaw puzzle for her birthday. To her own surprise, she realizes that she has found something she not only really enjoys, but also truly excels at. Soon after, she meets the reclusive Robert who introduces her to the world of jigsaw puzzle tournaments. Director and producer Marc Turtletaub's feature debut is a unique portrait of a woman who discovers her passion in life, and starts putting together the puzzle pieces of herself. 

Maya Gallus

The Canadian director and screenwriter has devoted her film career to life stories on the periphery of our attention. She explores the world of eroticism from the female perspective in the Erotica: A Journey Into Female Sexuality documentary, examines the environment of women's amateur boxing in the Punch Like a Girl series, and – as a former waitress – depicts the problematic position of female service workers in restaurants and bars in Dish: Women Waitressing & the Art of Service. Maya Gallus has received numerous awards, including a Focus On Award.

The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution

Professional kitchens have been traditionally perceived as a purely male domain. They tend to be associated with a tense, stressful environment, emphasized by extreme working hours, sleep deprivation and macho military drill. Maya Gallus's documentary focuses on female chefs who have broken this traditional view of the seemingly masculine profession, and started to change the rules and customs of culinary craft.

Takashi Watanabe

Since 2003, Takashi Watanabe has been working for TV Asahi Productions. He has conducted interviews for television news programmes with more than a hundred writers, politicians and businessmen. The unique documentary Le Chocolat de H is his feature debut. 

Le Chocolat de H

Artisan chocolate making as an artistic expression similar to poetry or music – at least when speaking about the sweet treats created by Japanese confectioner Hironobu Tsujiguchi. The five-time winner of the prestigious Parisian chocolate festival Salon du Chocolat would like to win the award again with his culinary art based on Japanese traditions. This lyrical documentary portrait embarks on a journey in quest of a unique sweet taste, flavoured by rice flour and tea leaves.

Take a closer look at the Romanian documentary Too Close / Apropierea directed by Botond Püsök, which was selected for the 17th edition of  Ex Oriente Film out of a record number of 107 submitted projects from 40 countries.

WARSAW: FNE has teamed up with the Brussels based team of the International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) to bring you regular updates on EU cinema policies that impact all industry professionals across Europe. Click here for FNE UNIC EU Cinema Policy Update.

Copyright enforcement

09/01: European Commission steps up protection of European intellectual property in global markets – European Commission

The European Commission published the latest report on protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in third countries.

EU Digital Services Act (DSA)

07/01: EDiMA calls for a new Online Responsibility Framework - EDiMA

EDiMA, the voice of the leading internet companies and the most popular internet products in Europe, is calling on the European Commission to introduce a new Online Responsibility Framework. This framework will help internet companies to respond to the growing demands to do more to tackle illegal content online.

European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO)

10/01: European Audiovisual Observatory rings in its new Moroccan Presidency for 2020! - EAO

The Strasbourg-based Observatory is part of the Council of Europe and has been providing facts and figures on the film, television and video industries in Europe since 1992. The Observatory’s yearly rotating presidency changes every January. In 2019 the Presidency was held by Italy.

Digital taxation

18/12: Parliament keeps up pressure to tax digital economy more fairly – European Parliament

MEPs press EU to engage fully in international efforts to tax the digital economy, while still being prepared to act at EU level if global plans fail.

Sustainability

23/12: Circular economy – new action plan to increase recycling and reuse of products in the EU – European Commission

The new action plan is meant to speed up the EU’s transition towards a circular economy.

Council of the EU

27/12: The Programme of the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union adopted today – EU 2020 HR

Croatia took over the rotating Council Presidency from Finland on 1 January 2020. For the next six months, the country wants to focus on sustainable development, a networked economy, safety and positioning Europe as a global leader.

European Capital of Cultures

03/01: 2020 European Capitals of Culture: Rijeka and Galway – European Commission

As of 1 January 2020, Rijeka (Croatia) and Galway (Ireland) will hold the title of European Capital of Culture for one year.

Events

20-21 January: CULT Committee meeting, Brussels
22-23 January: ITRE Committee meeting, Brussels
22-23 January: IMCO Committee meeting, Brussels
4 February: European Audiovisual Observatory conference – “TV and film production in Europe – the state of independence?”, Brussels
10 February (TBC): Sixth European Commission copyright stakeholders’ dialogue, Brussels
18 February: Save the Date – UNIC conference at the European Parliament, Brussels

Czech-Irish-Polish-Slovak co-production feature Charlatan, directed by world-famous author Agnieszka Holland, will celebrate its world premiere in the Berlinale Special Gala section (Berlinale Palast) at Berlinale 2020.

Celebrated director Agnieszka Holland (Mr. JonesSpoorBurning BushIn DarknessEuropa Europa) returns to Berlin with her brand-new biographical drama Charlatan, produced by Šárka Cimbalová, Kevan Van Thompson / Marlene Film Production (CZ), and co-produced by Film and Music Entertainment (IE), Madants (PL), Furia Film (SK), Czech Television (CZ), Barrandov Studio (CZ), Radio and Television of Slovakia (SK), CertiCon (CZ) and Magiclab (CZ).

Charlatan will celebrate its world premiere in the new section Berlinale Special Gala (curator: Carlo Chatrian). As a project in development, the film was also presented during Berlinale Co-production Market 2017.

 ABOUT THE FILM 

Holland tells a true story of Jan Mikolášek, a Czech healer and extraordinary man, who fights his own demons. Good and evil. Love and hate, cruelty and mercy, loyalty and betrayal. All in one person against a background of historical twists...

Read more about the production of the film HERE.

 FUNDING 

Charlatan was supported by the Czech Film Fund in both development and production stages (EUR 522 745), but also by Polish Film Institute, Slovak Audiovisual Fund, Prague Film Fund and in the Czech Film Fund's incentive programme as well.

New short film project by Mateusz Pacewicz, the writer of Polish international hit Corpus Christi, will be presented at When East Meets West, together with new projects by award-winning filmmakers: Estonian Madli Laane, Nikos Tseberopoulos from Greece and Serbian Svetislav Dragomirovic.

MIDPOINT Shorts, our leading program dedicated to script and project development of short films, will conclude in Trieste with its second workshop and a showcase followed by a networking platform.

The program is led by Czech director and script consultant Pavel Marek who is accompanied by Lithuanian producer tutor Marija Razgute

The program of the final workshop (out of two in total) includes group meetings, individual consultations, lectures and pitching training. 

The participants will have the unique opportunity to pitch their short film projects in front of the audience full of experts from the short film industry. 

The project showcase of MIDPOINT Shorts will take place within When East Meets West co-production forum on Monday, January 20, 2020 from 15:00 to 16:00 in hotel Savoia.

For the accredited guests of WEMW. 

Please bear in mind that the seating capacity is limited. In case of a serious interest, please reserve your seat by sending an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Following projects will be presented:

Team Building / Poland
Mateusz Pacewicz / writer, director  
Ludka Kierczak / producer        

Jungle.Law / Estonia
Madli Lääne / writer, director  
Anneli Ahven / producer      

Soul Food / Greece 
Nikos Tseberopoulos / writer, director 
Eleni Kossyfidou / producer   

Tell No One / Serbia
Svetislav Dragomirovic / writer, director
Nevena Savic / producer        

Click here for more information about the workshop and the program. 

MIDPOINT Happy Hour at WEMW  

You are warmly welcome to join us for a glass of wine on Monday, January 20 in Trieste and meet the faces of MIDPOINT! It will be the perfect opportunity to meet all the participants, tutors as well as the team. 

MIDPOINT Happy Hour / Monday, January 20 / 16.30 - 17.30 at the Library of Hotel Savoia Excelsior Palace

Meet us!

MIDPOINT team is traveling to Trieste Film Festival and When East Meets West co-production forum, get in touch to schedule a meeting!

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MIDPOINT Shorts 2019-2020 is realized with the support of Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and Czech Film Fund. It is presented in cooperation with When East Meets West. MIDPOINT operates under the auspices of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

At Rotterdam International Film Festival 2020, four Czech films and co-productions will be part of official selection. The documentary The Alchemical Furnace by Adam Ol'ha and Jan Daňhel will celebrate its world premiere in Deep Focus, along with Icelandic-Swedish-Czech co-production documentary The Vasulka EffectCommunism and the Net or the End of Representative Democracy, directed by Karel Vachek, will be screened in The Tyger Burns section and Mira Fornay will present her new drama Cook F**k Kill in Voices.

Czech films at Rotterdam IFF 2020

THE ALCHEMICAL FURNACE

DEEP FOCUS: Regained 
World Premiere

Czech Republic, Slovak Republic 2020 / 117 min
Directed by: Jan Daňhel, Adam Oľha
Produced by: Jaromír Kallista, Jan Švankmajer / Athanor (CZ)
Co-produced by: Zuzana Mistríková, Ľubica Orechovská / PubRes (SK)

Jan Švankmajer at 85 years of age is one of the most prominent artists of European cinema. His work has inspired and guided generations of directors, and his work represents a sharp and merciless exploration of human nature which is entirely unique. Films such as Alice, Faust and Little Otik changed forever the image of stop-motion and opened a world of possibilities in terms of the representation of the inner self.  Over three years, directors Adam Oľha and Jan Daňhel followed the life of Jan Švankmajer, from his collaboration with old friend and producer Jaromír Kallista to his memory of Eva Švankmajerová, his wife and creative partner, muse and inseparable other half of the director. Shot on various film formats, using found footage and with a touch of Czech humor, The Alchemical Furnace is an ode to creation and to companionship.

READ MORE ABOUT JAN ŠVANKMAJER'S INSECT

SCREENINGS
SUN 01/26 | 22:15 | Cinerama 7 (Press)
TUE 01/28 | 18:45 | Cinema 5
WED 01/29 | 10:45 | Pathé 6
THU 01/30 | 20:45 | LantarenVenster 3

SALES & FESTIVALS
Pavla Kallistová / Athanor
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Ľubica Orechovská / PubRes
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COMMUNISM AND THE NET OR THE END OF REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY

 THE TYGER BURNS 

Czech Republic, Slovak Republic 2019 / 335 min
Directed by: Karel Vachek
Produced by: Mikuláš Novotný, Radim Procházka / Background Films (CZ)
Co-produced by: Atelier.doc (SK), Czech Television (CZ), UPP (CZ)

The six-hour essay in four parts examines the history of regimes and revolutions, leaders and martyrs, from a philosophical perspective. The collage of personal memories, staged scenes and archives of collective memory compares the Prague Spring to the Velvet Revolution and shows the exposure, conflict, crisis, and catharsis of the post-communist society. Democracy can be saved through creative laughter, dissolving the untouchability and hypertrophic egos of the representatives of state institutions. The Internet frees the society from representatives of the non-functional connecting link that prevents direct communication between citizens and institutions of power.

GET INSIDE THE MIND OF KAREL VACHEK
TRAILER

SCREENINGS
SAT 01/25 | 17:00 | LantarenVenster 4
SUN 01/26 | 09:30 | Cinerama 7

SALES & FESTIVALS
Mikuláš Novotný / Background Films
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+420 777 910 290

COOK F**K KILL

 VOICES 

Czech Republic, Slovak Republic 2019 / 116 min
Directed by: Mira Fornay
Produced by: Viktor Schwarcz / Cineart TV Prague (CZ), Mira Fornay / Mirafox (SK)
Co-produced by: Czech Television (CZ), Radio and Television Slovakia (SK), Synergia Film (CZ)

Jaroslav, a handsome and seemingly good-natured son, father and a decent husband, is, as a matter of fact, pathologically jealous of his wife Blanka. He is very much afraid that one day she would leave him together with their three children. Jaroslav and his family don´t hesitate to employ violence, deceit and terror against others, which ultimately leads to a family tragedy.

READ MORE ABOUT MIRA FORNAY
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SCREENINGS

SUN 01/26 | 17:30 | LantarenVenster 3
MON 01/27 | 09:30 | Cinerama 6
TUE 01/28 | 22:30 | de Doelen Jurriaanse Zaal
SAT 02/01 | 09:00 | Pathé 2

SALES & FESTIVALS

Karina Korenblum / Cercamon
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+420 603 880 048

Czech co-productions at Rotterdam IFF 2020

THE VASULKA EFFECT

DEEP FOCUS: Regained 

Iceland, Sweden, Czech Republic 2019 / 85 min
Directed by: Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdóttir
Produced by: Sagafilm (IS), Krumma Films (IS)
Co-produced by: Sveriges Television (SE), Produkce Radim Procházka (CZ), Česká televize (CZ), Bullitt Film (DK), Nonami AB (SE)

The life and work of pioneers of video art Steina and Woody Vasulka. Their history with video dates back to the late 60 ́s when they lived and worked in New York. Some have called them the grandparents of the “YouTube generation”, or “grandparents of video art”, seem forgotten by the art world. With humor and serenity, they are struggling with finances and how to leave their media archives to the world. We start to understand the major impact video had on art and society from the 60 ́s until now, a period referred to as the second renaissance, where media art contributed to the decentralization of art and corporate media. With only a handful of allies we see them being rediscovered by art collectors and museums.

TRAILER

SCREENINGS

THU 01/23 | 12:30 | LantarenVenster 4
SAT 01/25 | 21:30 | KINO 2
FRI 01/31 | 09:15 | Cinerama 4

SALES & FESTIVALS

Juno Films
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+1 (609) 933-1806

Czech Film Center operates as a division of the Czech Film Fund

BERLIN: Projects and producers from Romania, Poland, Croatia and Bulgaria have been selected for the Berlinale Co-Production Market (22-26 February 2020).

BERLIN: Films and TV series from Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia and the Czech Republic are among the new titles announced by the 70th Berlin International Film Festival (20 February-1 March 2020) on 14 January 2020.

New short film project by Mateusz Pacewicz, the writer of Polish international hit Corpus Christi, will be presented at When East Meets West, together with new projects by award-winning filmmakers: Estonian Madli Laane, Nikos Tseberopoulos from Greece and Serbian Svetislav Dragomirovic.

MIDPOINT Shorts, our leading program dedicated to script and project development of short films, will conclude in Trieste with its second workshop and a showcase followed by a networking platform.

The program is led by Czech director and script consultant Pavel Marek who is accompanied by Lithuanian producer tutor Marija Razgute

The program of the final workshop (out of two in total) includes group meetings, individual consultations, lectures and pitching training. 

The participants will have the unique opportunity to pitch their short film projects in front of the audience full of experts from the short film industry. 

The project showcase of MIDPOINT Shorts will take place within When East Meets West co-production forum on Monday, January 20, 2020 from 15:00 to 16:00 in hotel Savoia.

For the accredited guests of WEMW. 
Please bear in mind that the seating capacity is limited. In case of a serious interest, please reserve your seat by sending an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Following projects will be presented:

Team Building / Poland
Mateusz Pacewicz / writer, director  
Ludka Kierczak / producer        

Jungle.Law / Estonia
Madli Lääne / writer, director  
Anneli Ahven / producer      

Soul Food / Greece 
Nikos Tseberopoulos / writer, director 
Eleni Kossyfidou / producer   

Tell No One / Serbia
Svetislav Dragomirovic / writer, director
Nevena Savic / producer        

Click here for more information about the workshop and the program.

MIDPOINT Happy Hour at WEMW  

You are warmly welcome to join us for a glass of wine on Monday, January 20 in Trieste and meet the faces of MIDPOINT! It will be the perfect opportunity to meet all the participants, tutors as well as the team. 

MIDPOINT Happy Hour / Monday, January 20 / 16.30 - 17.30 at the Library of Hotel Savoia Excelsior Palace

Meet us!

MIDPOINT team is traveling to Trieste Film Festival and When East Meets West co-production forum, get in touch to schedule a meeting!

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., MIDPOINT Director
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., MIDPOINT Feature Launch & Shorts Program Coordinator 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., MIDPOINT Feature Launch Head of Studies This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., MIDPOINT TV Launch Program Coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., MIDPOINT Program Coordinator 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., MIDPOINT Promotion

MIDPOINT Shorts 2019-2020 is realized with the support of Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and Czech Film Fund. It is presented in cooperation with When East Meets West. MIDPOINT operates under the auspices of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.