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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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20-21 January: CULT Committee meeting, Brussels22-23 January: ITRE Committee meeting, Brussels22-23 January: IMCO Committee meeting, Brussels4 February: European Audiovisual Observatory conference – “TV and film production in Europe – the state of independence?”, Brussels10 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. Jones, Spoor, Burning Bush, In Darkness, Europa 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.
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.
Following projects will be presented:
Team Building / PolandMateusz Pacewicz / writer, director Ludka Kierczak / producer
Jungle.Law / EstoniaMadli Lääne / writer, director Anneli Ahven / producer
Soul Food / Greece Nikos Tseberopoulos / writer, director Eleni Kossyfidou / producer
Tell No One / SerbiaSvetislav Dragomirovic / writer, directorNevena 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
MIDPOINT team is traveling to Trieste Film Festival and When East Meets West co-production forum, get in touch to schedule a meeting!
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 Effect. Communism 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 minDirected by: Jan Daňhel, Adam OľhaProduced 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
SCREENINGSSUN 01/26 | 22:15 | Cinerama 7 (Press)TUE 01/28 | 18:45 | Cinema 5WED 01/29 | 10:45 | Pathé 6THU 01/30 | 20:45 | LantarenVenster 3
THE TYGER BURNS
Czech Republic, Slovak Republic 2019 / 335 minDirected by: Karel VachekProduced 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 VACHEKTRAILER
SCREENINGSSAT 01/25 | 17:00 | LantarenVenster 4SUN 01/26 | 09:30 | Cinerama 7
COOK F**K KILL
Czech Republic, Slovak Republic 2019 / 116 minDirected by: Mira FornayProduced 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 FORNAYTRAILER
SUN 01/26 | 17:30 | LantarenVenster 3MON 01/27 | 09:30 | Cinerama 6TUE 01/28 | 22:30 | de Doelen Jurriaanse ZaalSAT 02/01 | 09:00 | Pathé 2
SALES & FESTIVALS
Czech co-productions at Rotterdam IFF 2020
THE VASULKA EFFECT
DEEP FOCUS: Regained
Iceland, Sweden, Czech Republic 2019 / 85 minDirected by: Hrafnhildur GunnarsdóttirProduced 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.
THU 01/23 | 12:30 | LantarenVenster 4SAT 01/25 | 21:30 | KINO 2FRI 01/31 | 09:15 | Cinerama 4
SALES & FESTIVALS
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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.
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