Prague, 25 January 2012 – The
grand unveiling of the new DVD representing the best of Czech short
works in 2011 will take place in the Oko cinema on Thursday, January 26th
from 8 p.m. The DVD Czech Short Films 2012, Vol. III is being issued by
the Czech Film Center and it contains a selection of 12 films from
Czech film schools – Prague’s Film and TV School of Performing Arts
(FAMU), the Film Academy of Miroslav Ondříček in Písek (FAMO) and Tomáš
Bata University in Zlín (TBU), and 1 film created as an independent
films on the DVD were chosen by a professional commission comprised of
Kateřina Fričová, who worked for a long time in television and now is
involved in media consulting and educational activities, film journalist
Vojtěch Rynda, the Program Director of the Prague International Short
Film Festival Karel Spěšný,
Czech Television dramaturge Kristián Suda and Petr Horák, the creator
of the iShorts Nights project. This time around the jury had 160 films
to choose from. The thirteen best include feature, animated and
documentary films. The idea behind this collection is primarily to draw
attention to young film personalities and to help them find their way to
the international film market. This will be the third DVD with short
films to be released (the first coming out in 2010). Both of the
previous DVD collections were presented at several international
festivals and film markets and were an important part of the continuous
promotion of Czech short films that the Czech Film Center is
systematically involved in.
“There is a huge tradition of animated film in Czech cinematography.
Some computer animation appears here, though the overwhelming majority
are classic techniques - marionettes, drawn animation. I think that the
ratio of animation is far greater among Czech short films compared to
film schools abroad. And then there is the humour, the best being a
refined, Czech, slightly subversive humour. Czechs are afraid of being
completely serious, so they always sneak humour into their films,” stated journalist Vojtěch Rynda, one of the jury members, in an attempt to characterise the specific qualities of current Czech short films.
far as feature short films are concerned, this year’s production seemed
to me to be somewhat more interesting than last year,” added the Director of the Prague International Short Film Festival, Karel Spěšný.
“This can ultimately be seen in the fact that this year our festival
finally, after some time, also chose a Czech film for the international
competition. And it should be added that we were choosing between two
right up to the last minute.”
Czech Film Centre has also begun cooperation with the Czech Lion awards
with the Magnesia Award for the best student film – apart from the
films for the DVD, the jury also chose 20 student short films for the
short list for the Magnesia Award, from which the Academy chose five
films for the nomination, one of which will then obtain the Magnesia
Award for the best student film along with a prize of one hundred
The films included on the DVD Czech Short Films 2012, Vol. III
A Small Circle of Attention (FAMU, dir. Josef Tuka) feature, 25 minutes
intimate story of a man who has to decide between his feelings and his
own moral imperatives. Přemek, an actor, falls suddenly in love with a
younger colleague from the theatre. He is, of course, married, and his
wife of many years is seriously ill. Přemek fights against this love he
feels and tries to recall moments of happiness with his wife in an
illusive attempt to enhance their once strong feelings. Jut when Přemek
actually does overcome his affections, there is an unexpected turn of
TUMOURrow Never Knows (Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, dir. Pavel Soukup) animation, 6 minutes
An animated film about a lonely old lady who paradoxically sees a tragic illness as her “close” and only friend…
Meat Jihad (FAMU, dir. Natálie Císařovská) documentary, 15 minutes
The film looks
at Czech people’s relationship to Muslims, juxtaposing Valentin Kusák,
President of the Anti-Mosque association, with Muneeb Hassan Alrawi,
Chairman of the Main Office of Muslim Associations in the Czech
Republic. The fight over a mosque in Hradec Králové would be a slapstick
comedy if it didn’t reflect the difficult co-existence between a
Christian-atheist society and other religions.
Shining Tony (Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, dir. Filip Posivač) animation, 3 minutes
short animated tale of a boy with an unusual trait. Tonda shines, and
because he is entirely different from other children he gets bullied
around. But Tonda is ultimately not the only one who is different…
Non-Swimmers (FAMU, dir. Jakub Šmíd) feature, 23 minutes
student film that tells the story of Vendula, a sixteen-year-old girl
who finds herself spending the holidays at her grandmother’s in an
abandoned holiday resort as punishment. Nothing
ever happens in this village in the middle of nowhere, just a clique of
local teenagers drinks and kills time in the empty pool. Wendy
experiences a bittersweet summer love affair while waiting for the
moment when the pool is finally filled with water.
The Last of the Dodos (TBU Zlín, dir. Jiří Novák) animation, 10minutes
animated adventure about the inglorious fate of a castaway, some cute
dodos, greedy monks and divine punishment for human greed.
Cosmic Songs (FAMU, dir. Katarína Dědičová) feature, 10 minutes
its routine appearance, Adam's and Mr. Reisz's mission is much more
important than it seems. The film captures the desire to answer the
question of whether life actually exists in the universe, yet poetically
portrays universal human feelings of love and friendship and shows that
fiction is rooted in the contemporary reality that surrounds us.
L-520 (dir. Miloš Zvěřina) animated documentary – production: Via
Lucis, Jiří P. Miška, Nelly D. Jenčíková, Miracle film, 20 minutes
artistic animated documentary film “Helga L-520” is inspired by the
true story of Helga Weiss-Hošková during her interment in the Terezín ghetto. This
“Terezin Diary” is dedicated to the memory of many thousands of
children murdered in the concentration camps during the Second World War. The film is the second in the planned “Terezín Triptych“ project, and is a sequel to the M. Zvěřina’s award-winning student film “Imprisoned Dreams.”
Dessert (Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, dir. Anna Mastníková) animation, 4 minutes
A short animated film about three forms of love, where the partners limit each other, play with each other or eat each other up.
5 CZK (FAMO, dir. Marek Ciccotti) documentary, 14 minutes
A documentary film as a probe into the world of public WCs near a Prague metro
and the people we regularly overlook and do not consider to be
important. But who is that person we give the money to? Who is hidden
behind the window through which we can hear “Pay up! Five crowns!”
Three women tell us their life stories.
Mr. Late (FAMO, dir. Jiří Sádek) feature, 15 minutes
beloved partner has a rare disease which prevents him from leaving
their home. But the authorities try to seize the house and plan to throw
the young pair out of the building. Aneta is faced with a choice. She
and her partner must and simultaneously cannot leave the house. What
will win out? Common sense? Chance? Compassion?
Evolution? (FAMO, dir. Michal Dubnický) animation, 12 minutes
Wasmy estranged great-grandfather a humanor fish?
Pit-Hole – (TBU Zlín, dir. Jiří Stejskal) documentary, 23 minutes
A documentary depicting the life of a Ukrainian family that refuses a contemporary lifestyle. There, where the old clashes with the new, where something unique is being transformed, conflict arises. The film focuses on the family and the difficult living conditions caused by a Kiev construction project.
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