Czech Republic the Guest Country at the Festival of Short Films in Barcelona

Czech Republic the Guest Country at the Festival of Short Films in Barcelona – the audience will see Švankmajer and films from young authors

Prague, 8 April 2011 – The 13th annual international film festival of short films MECAL, one section of which is dedicated to Czech films, began in Barcelona today. In addition to 3 showings of current cinematography the Czech Film Center will also be presenting a showing of Jan Švankmajer’s short films.

"The Barcelona festival dedicates one section to a guest country every year. This section is dedicated to the Czech Republic this year. The festival came to me with an offer to prepare a program at the end of last year and in Clermont-Ferrand we elaborated on the composition of the program as well as the financial and organisational support, which CFC will be sponsoring for the entire event,” stated M. Šantrochová from CFC.

The festival will present a total of 4 showings of short films. The retrospective program dedicated to Jan Švankmajer will be showing the films The Flat, Dimensions of Dialogue, Et Cetera, Food, Leonardo's Diary, The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia, and Darkness/Light/Darkness and it will be screened on Monday, 11 April from 10:00 p.m. in the Institut Francès. Two showings entitled Actuality 1 and 2 are dedicated to current work and will be screened on 9 and 16 April from 4:00 p.m. in Maldà Hall. Visitors will be able to see films such as 59/184/84 from Lukáš Kokeš, Klokworx ! by Jindřich Novák and Kristina Dufková’s A Tear is Needed, as well as Asmary Beraki’s Tour Guide that was presented at this year's IFF in Clermont-Ferrand and Mrs. G. by Michal Žabka, Václav Švankmajer’s Torchbearer and Whoops, Mistake! by Aneta Kýrová. The last showing, dedicated primarily to the FAMU and Zlín film schools, will present 7 films made by these 2 schools over the last two years (e.g. Bába by Zuzana Šidlová, Graffitiger from Libor Pixa, which won the Magnesia Prize for the best student film at this year’s Czech Lion awards, and Marek Berger’s Nocturno) on 14 April from 7:00 p.m. in the Maldà cinema. You can find a detailed program and the contents of the showings enclosed and at http://eng.mecalbcn.org/.

The festival’s guests, who will not only be presenting their films, but also Czech short film in general, will be filmmakers Marek Berger and Libor Pixa and FAMU will be represented by the head of the Animation Faculty and well-known Czech animator Aurel Klimt.

Madrid’s Czech Centre is also participating in the program section dedicated to Czech short films, in connection with which it will be holding 2 exhibitions of film posters. The first of these with a musical theme in Czechoslovak film posters will begin from 14 April and run until 4 May. The film posters from various countries, primarily from Great Britain, the United States and also from Czechoslovakia were created by important Czech artists in the period between the years 1959 to 1989, when most of them did not have the opportunity to work officially. At the same time festival-goers will also be able to see an exhibition of posters for Spanish films that were created by renowned Czechoslovak artists. This exhibition can be seen until 15 June of this year. Both of the exhibitions will take place in Fnac Diagonal Mar in Barcelona.

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