FNE at KVIFF 2017: Czech National Film Archives Inks American Distribution Deal

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Marketa Lazarova by Frantisek Vlacil Marketa Lazarova by Frantisek Vlacil photo: The Criterion Collection

KARLOVY VARY: The Czech National Film Archives has signed an agreement with distribution company Janus Films, the company behind the prestigious Criterion Collection, to licence 30 Czech classic film titles for North America. The films will be released over a 10 year period with English subtitles on DVD, online, on television and in cinemas.

The Criterion Collection is a respected publisher of DVD and Blu-ray editions. Their prestigious releases will include all of the titles provided by NFA within this contract, and more films are in negotiation. Criterion has become a long standing guarantee of high quality and their disc releases are cherished around the world.

The deal was announced by NFA helmer Michal Bregant at a special event during the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, where the NFA presented a range of newly restored Czech classic films available on DVD and a new English language book on the history of Czech cinema. All are for sale online on the NFA website.

Bregant said: “The demand for classic Czech films in the US is on an increase, also thanks to the retrospective we have presented this April at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Step by step we broaden the interest of foreign audiences beyond the realms of the new wave.”