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Czech Films at International Festivals

Press releases 2012-01-23

Prague 20 January 2011 Several Czech films will be appearing at respected international film festivals and presentations in January. The Czech Film Center, which has continuously been supporting and presenting Czech cinematography abroad for ten years now, contributed to the participation of domestic films and filmmakers at foreign festivals at the beginning of 2012.

The acceptance of director Bohdan Sláma’s Four Suns to the international Sundance Film Festival competition, which will take place from 19 – 29 January 2012, met with the greatest response. The Festival previously featured Sláma’s work back in 2009, when he was included in the selection of interesting directorial personalities that the editors of the prestigious Variety magazine put together. Four Suns will have its world premiere here on 21 January and will then be shown in five festival projections. The film is represented by the international vendor Films Boutique, the company that also represents the films of Alexander Sokurov and Béla Tarr, among others.

The 24th Premiers Plans Film Festival, which will be running from 20 - 29 January 2012 in Angers, France, will be presenting FAMU student Jakub Šmíd’s film Non-Swimmers in the European Student Films competition section. The Czech Film Center is supporting Jakub Šmíd’s participation in the festival. The animated film Life is a Bitch by Michaela Hoffová from FAMU will also be presented in the European Animated Films competition section.

The International Festival of Short Films in Clermont-Ferrand (France), whose 34th year will take place from 27 January – 4 February 2012, chose Libor Pixa’s film Graffitiger to compete in the International Competition section. The eleven minute long inventive combined film about a tiger that remains at the mercy of an urban jungle already has a number of awards to its credit, including a nomination for a "student" Oscar. The Czech Film Centre will be representing Czech short films at this festival and at the local film market and is also supporting Libor Pixa's participation.

The International Film Festival in Rotterdam is one of the places where Czech films are welcome and where they have prospered. Director Bohdan Sláma actually launched his international career years ago in Rotterdam with the film Wild Bees.

Now, in the festival's forty-first year, the European premiere of Sláma’s film Four Suns will take place in the non-competition SPECTRUM section. The Rotterdam festival will take place from 25 January to 5 February 2012.

In addition to this the documentary Punk in Africa from directors Keith Jones and Deon Maas, which arose as a Czech and South African co-production, will be shown in the same section.

Furthermore the documentary Into Oblivion from debuting director Šimon Špidla will also be presented at the Rotterdam festival in the SPECTRUM SHORTS section with the director’s personal participation. The film is represented by: Evolution Films (Pavel Berčík).

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