Finale fest picks nine Czech competition films

The Finale festival of Czech films (www.filmfestfinale.cz) opens April 18 in Plzen, with nine new Czech feature films in the main competition.

The line-up includes Kawasaki´s Rose by Jan Hřebejk; Walking Too Fast by Radim Špaček; Protector by marek Najbrt; Unknown Hour by Dan Svátek; An Earthly Paradise for their Eyes by Irena Pavlásková; Foxes by Mira Fornay; Jánošík. The True Story. by Agnieszka Holland and Kasia Adamek; Men in Rut by Robert Sedláček; and Twosome by Jaroslav Fuit. Pre-booking of festival tickets was especially strong for the competition films, with extra screenings added for Kawasaki's Rose and Protector.

FNE will profile the nine competition films during the festival, which runs through April 24.

The documentary competition, which includes both feature length and short films, is likely to attract strong attention with a line-up of several films that have already received strong international attention.

A special section will place the spotlight on the prototypical Velvet Generation director Saša Gedeon, former Karlovy Vary director Antonín Moskalyk, and experimental director Karel Vachek. Films from the post-Prague Spring 1970 receive a special focus, and tributes are planned for actor Petr Čepek and director Drahomíra Vihanová, as well as a centennial tribute toKarel Zeman.