Czech films and co-productions beyond borders of the Czech Republic: What successes did Czech films achieve during the autumn so far? In the near future, what premieres await us at film festivals? Here is the summary of what is important to know.
Czech films at festivals
The hottest news involving the Czech film came from Tallinn. Czech-Slovak Cook F**K Kill, directed by Mira Fornay (also a producer of the film along with Viktor Schwarcz from Cineart TV Prague), will premiere in Rebel with a Cause section at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.
This autumn is very busy for The Painted Bird by Václav Marhoul, as the film has already been selected for more than 20 festivals. In Chicago, Vladimír Smutný, the DOP of the film, was honored with Best Cinematography Award. Documentary Forman vs. Forman, directed by Helena Třeštíková and Jakub Hejna, attends 10 festivals these months, and in Frankfurt, it reached the award for best directing. Slovak-Czech Let There Be Light won the main prize at Almaty Film Festival, and A Certain Kind of Silence by first time director Michal Hogenauer won the Audience Award in Milano, while Solo by Artemio Benki won Golden Leaf for Best World Documentary Film at Duhok IFF.
In early autumn, Czech Film and Television Academy (ČFTA) selected The Painted Bird as this year's Czech Oscar candidate. Czech-Ukrainian-Slovak drama written, directed and produced by Václav Marhoul, represents the Czech Republic as the official submission for the 92nd Academy Awards in the category Best International Feature Film.
The film premiered in Venice earlier this fall, and was acquired the U.S. rights by IFC Films. Lisa Schwartz, co-president of the distributor, said: “IFC is committed to providing thought-provoking and challenging films, and this is a prime example of maintaining this core mission and continuing our legacy for nearly 20 years now.”
On October 17, Daria Kashcheeva was honored with the student Oscar, and became the third ever Czech author who achieved the prize. With her film Daughter, Kashcheeva dominated Annecy IAFF in early summer, winning two major awards, and also shined at Toronto IFF along with The Painted Bird. Since then, Daughter attended or was confirmed as a part of more than 30 festivals all over the world, including Denver IFF or Helsinki IFF.
THE MOST SUCCESSFUL CZECH FEATURE FILMS AND CO-PRODUCTIONS IN AUTUMN:
A Certain Kind of Silencedirected by: Michal Hogenauerproduced by: NegativCzech Republic, Netherlands, Latvia 2019 / 96 minFiction
Raindance IFF (Great Britain) | AbsurditiesCinEast (Luxembourg) | CinéscopeBusan IFF (South Korea) | World CinemaPingyao IFF (China) | Competition Milano Film Festival (Italy) | Competition (Audience Award)Haifa IFF (Israel) | Golden Anchor – Competition for DebutsNuovo Cinema Europa (Italy)FIFIB Bordeaux (France) | CompetitionSeminci – Valladolid International Film Festival (Spain) | Meeting PointScanorama FF (Latvia)
By a Sharp Knifedirected by: Teodor Kuhnproduced by: NutprodukciaSlovak Republic, Czech Republic 2019 / 89 minFiction
Cinematik Piešťany (Slovakia) | In the HouseTirana IFF (Albania) | CompetitionCinEast (Luxembourg) | CinéscopeCottbus Film Festival (Germany) | Competition
Forman vs. Formandirected by: Helena Třeštíková, Jakub Hejnaproduced by: NegativCzech Republic, France 2019 / 77 minDocumentary
Haifa International Film Festival (Israel)Golden Tree IDFF Frankfurt (Germany) | Competition (award for best directing)DocLisboa (Portugal) | Heart BeatChicago International Film Festival (USA) | Documentary Films CompetitionDenver International Film Festival (USA) | Film StudiesMinsk IFF Listapad (Belarus) | Films about the CinemaLeeds International Film Festival (Great Britain)Havana Film Festival (Cuba)The Classics Colombia (Colombia)UK Jewish Film Festival (Great Britain)
Let There Be Lightdirected by: Marko Škopproduced by: Artileria, NegativSlovak Republic, Czech Republic 2019 / 93 minFiction
Almaty Film Festival (Kazakhstan) | Competition (The Grand Prix)Batumi International Art Film Festival (Georgia) | International CompetitionBusan International Film Festival (South Korea) | World CinemaHaifa International Film Festival (Israel)Seminci – Valladolid International Film Festival (Spain) | Meeting PointCork Film Festival (Ireland) | International CompetitionCottbus Film Festival (Germany) | U 18 CompetitionEast by Southeast (Netherlands)
Over the Hillsdirected by: Martin Marečekproduced by: Negativ CZ 2019 / 78 minDocumentary
Jeden Svet SK (Slovakia) | CompetitionMinsk IFF Listapad (Belarus)| Documentary Films Competition
Solodirected by: Artemio Benkiproduced by: Artcam FilmsCzech Republic, France, Argentina, Austria 2019 / 84 minDocumentary
Duhok IFF (Iraq) | World Documentaries (Golden Leaf for Best World Documentary Film)MFDF Ji.hlava (Czech Republic) | Czech Joy (Best Czech Documentary)Bergamo Film Meeting (Italy) | Close up
The Painted Birddirected by: Václav Marhoulproduced by: Silver ScreenCzech Republic, Ukraine, Slovak Republic 2019 / 169 minFiction
Message to Man IFF (Russia)Vancouver IFF (Canada)BFI London IFF (Great Britain) | LoveCinEast (Luxembourg) | CinéscopeIstanbul Filmekimi (Turkey)Film Festival Cologne (Germany) | LookWarsaw IFF (Poland) | Special MentionChicago IFF (USA) | International Competition (Best Cinematography Award)Toti Fest (Mexico)Tokyo IFF (Japan) | World FocusDenver IFF (USA) | Special MentionThessaloniki IFF (Greece) | Main programmeMinsk IFF Listapad (Belarus) | CompetitionVisegrad Cinema Days Kyiv (Ukraine)Kolkata IFF (India)Cork Film Festival (Ireland)Camerimage (Poland)Cairo IFF (Egypt)