FNE at Cannes 2023: Czech Cinema in Cannes

By Czech Film Center
    Electra by Daria Kashcheeva Electra by Daria Kashcheeva credit: Maur Film

    Two Czech student short films will be screened in world premiere at La Cinef - Eighth Day by Petr Pylypčuk and Electra by Daria Kashcheeva. In addition, four Czech films will be screened at Marché du Film, producer Alice Tabery will participate in European Film Promotion's program PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE and three films in the making will be presented at various programs of Marché du Film including highly anticipated Restore Point. Czech cinema will be as usually represented at Village International in Czech & Slovak pavilion no. 136 (Riviera side). Come to say hi!

    Czech films in Official Selection


    La Cinef | World Premiere
    CZ 2023, 21 min
    d. Petr Pylypčuk
    p. Tomáš Pertold, Kryštof Burda - Perfilm (CZ)
    cop. FAMU (CZ), Czech Television (CZ)

    A religious sect congregates by a lake in a forest. They are preparing to perform a baptism the next day, but teenage Anna has her own plans. She is fed up with life in the strict community and longs to experience freedom for the first time.


    May 23 | 14:30 | Salle Buñuel


    Perfilm - Kryštof Burda
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    La Cinef | World Premiere
    CZ, FR, SK 2023, 27 min

    d. Daria Kashcheeva

    p. Zuzana Křivková, Martin Vandas - MAUR film (CZ)

    cop. Papy3D Productions (FR), FAMU (CZ), Artichoke (SK)

    Electra rethinks her 10th birthday, mixing memories with imagination and hidden dreams. Isolated in her fantasy world full of made-up busty dolls, plastic men’s body parts, juicy strawberries and dentist tools, she builds up her own relationships with her body and sexuality. 


    May 24 | 14:30 | Salle Buñuel


    Miyu Distribution - Luce Grosjean
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    Miyu Distribution - Laure Goausgen
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    Czech films at Marché du Film 2023


    SK, CZ 2022 | d. Tereza Nvotová

    May 20 | 16:00 | Palais F

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    CZ 2022 | d. Petr Kubík

    May 18 | 18:45 | Palais E

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    CZ 2023 | d. Petr Vachler
    May 20 | 14:15 | Lérins 1    invitation only

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    CZ 2023 | d. Dan Svátek
    May 21 | 16:30 | Lérins 1     invitation only

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    Czech producers & projects at Marché du Film 2023

    Alice Tabery is the Czech PRODUCER ON THE MOVE 2023

    Alice Tabery, this year's Czech Producer on the Move – focuses in production company Cinepoint on international co-productions, development and production of creative documentaries and auteur films. She co-produced Marko Škop’s successful debut feature Eva Nová (FIPRESCI Prize at 2015 Toronto IFF) and produced the recent documentary by Jan Šimánek and Petr Záruba, Adam Ondra: Pushing the Limits. Currently, Alice works the documentary Kaprálová (Czech Republic/France) by Petr Záruba about Czech composer and conductor Vítězslava Kaprálová and Love and Capitalism (Czech Republic/USA) by Bara Jichova Tyson, a hybrid documentary in development.



    RESTORE POINT at Fantastic 7

    A feature debut of young Czech filmmaker Robert Hloz entitled Restore Point will be presented at Marché du film within its
    Fantastic 7 special program, fostering emerging talents by creating a privileged space for dialogue and exchange, supported by top-notch international film festivals. Restore Point, endorsed by Black Nights IFF, is a sci-fi thriller taking place in 2041 Europe, when death is no longer the end of a life. Detective Em Trochinowska has to solve a murder-mystery where the only witness is one of the resurrected victims.

    Fantastic 7 @ Marché du Film 2023

    May 21 | 12:00 | Palais K

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    Projects GONE and HUN TUN at The SFC | Rendez-vous Industry

    Two Czech projects are participating at Short Film Corner | Rendez-vous Industry, a forum dedicated to short film professionals.

    In Focus SCRIPT section, FAMU will present Gone by Polish director Piotr Jasiński from the FAMU International department, who attracted attention last year with his short documentary Everything's Fine, Potatoes in Line, the winner of the Short Film Competition in Warsaw.

    Plus, Czech anidoc project Hun Tun by drected by Magdalena Hejzlarová and produced by Karolína Davidová (13ka) , currently in production, will be presented within the Focus WiP section. 

    Focus WIP

    May 23 | 10:00 | Palais Stage


    CZECH FILM / Summer 2023

    The summer issue of CZECH FILM magazine takes a closer look at Czech films presented at Festival de Cannes and Annecy IAFF. The latest addition to the series of articles about young filmmakers changing the face of Czech cinema features two female directors Adéla Komrzý and Natálie Císařovská. We also introduce Barletta Productions, a strong, versatile, and thriving local brand. We talk to sound designer and teacher at Prague's FAMU Viktor Ekrt, and we present It Would Be My Dream – a riveting, coming-of-age drama by Ondřej Provazník who traces the roots of the Czech #MeToo movement.

    Check the magazine


    Meet us at Marché du Film!

    Do you have a question about Czech cinema? The team of Czech Film Center, a promotional division of the Czech Film Fund, will be present at the Marché du Film. 

    Book a meeting or stop by the Czech & Slovak pavilion no. 136, located at Village International - Riviera side.

    Markéta Šantrochová, Head of Czech Film Center

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    Barbora Lochmanová, Festival Relations - Feature Films

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    Vítězslav Chovanec, Festival Relations - Docs & Shorts

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    Pavlína Žipková, Head of Czech Film Commission

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    Co-producing with the Czech Republic

    The Czech Film Fund supports minority co-production of features, documentaries and short films. The Fund also administers production incentives for audio-visual projects made in the Czech Republic.

    Get the latest information HERE


    La Cinef competition of student films at Cannes Film Festival (May 16-27, 2023) will welcome two short films from the Czech Republic. Electra is a long-awaited film by director Daria Kashcheeva, who celebrated success with her previous Oscar-nominated animation Daughter. In her new film, Kashcheeva is using fantasy world of her main character to play with the animation techniques. Director Petr Pylypčuk made a fiction short Eighth Day about a rebellious girl, who decides to run away from the religious sect in which she has spent her whole life. Both films were made at Prague's FAMU - Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts.

    The main character of Daria Kashcheeva's new animated short film Electra is a young woman of the same name, who rethinks her 10th birthday, mixing memories with dreams and hidden fantasies. Isolated in her fantasy world, she builds up her own relationships with her body and sexuality. Electra has to go through the most painful memories to let her suppressed feelings come out. In the end, she is ready to reveal what has really happened during her 10th birthday.

    The film was produced by Czech outlet MAUR film (Zuzana Křivková and Martin Vandas) in co-production with Prague's FAMU - Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts, Slovak Artichoke and French Papy3D Productions. The Czech Film Fund supported the film for both development and production, with the full amount of  EUR 155 000. World sales and festivals are handled by Miyu Distribution.

    Following its world premiere in Cannes, Electra will be presented also in Annecy, which is a special place for Daria Kashcheeva. Her previous short film Daughter was honored there with two awards - Junior Jury Award for a Graduation Film and Cristal for a Graduation Film in 2019, which lead to hundreds of festival screenings and shower of awards from all over the world. Furthermore, Daughter brought Kashcheeva a Student Oscar and eventually also a nomination for an Oscar in Best Animated Short category.

    ELECTRA, source: Czech Film Center

    In the second Czech representative at La Cinef, Eighth Day, director Petr Pylypčuk tells a story of teenagers Anna and Josef, who have grown up in a strict religious sect. When the whole group gathers by a forest lake to perform a baptism, Anna and Josef decide to run away. They disappear into the forest, but soon find out that they are totally unprepared for the life outside the borders of their community. 

    The film was produced by Kryštof Burda and Tomáš Pertold of Perfilm, in co-production with FAMU and Czech Television. The Czech Film Fund supported it in the production scheme with EUR 17 600. 

    Eighth Day, source: Czech Film Center

    Czech student films have been presented regularly at La Cinef, formerly known as Cinéfondation, since its inception in 1998. The animated folk horror Red Shoes directed by Anna Podskalská world-premiered in this section in 2021, Ondřej Erban's social drama One Hundred and Twenty-Eight Thousand was part of the selection in 2019, Michal Blaško's Atlantis, 2003 in 2017 and Retriever by Tomáš Metra and Tomáš Klein, who is readying his first feature A Sensitive Person at the moment, was screened there in 2015.

    It is also not the first time, when two Czech films appear in the section - in 2013 the animated Pandas by Matúš Vizár screened there together with Eliška Chytková's Ham Story and in 2005, it was Slavek the Shit by Grímur Hákonarson, who was studying at Prague's FAMU at that time, and Conscience by Jan Bohuslav. Moreover, Zuzana Kirchnerová took home the First Prize in 2008 for her short film Baba, about a teenage girl who has to take of her elderly bed-ridden grandmother. Her first feature Caravan is currently in production.