Seven films leave Finale competition

Leading Czech domestic film festival Finále opened its doors Monday in Plzen but unexpectedly, seven of 19 films scheduled for competition have pulled out. Some were pulled because producers fear…
17-04-2008

Nicholas Roeg at Karlovy Vary

This year's Karlovy Vary Film Festival will pay tribute to top British filmmaker Nicholas Roeg, who will be on hand during the festival July 4-12 to personally present five of…
16-04-2008

Barrandov channel prepares for summer launch

The new digital Czech channel TV Barrandov, which plans to launch this summer, has signed a deal with UK- and Australian-based distributor Southern Star International for a package of 21…
14-04-2008

Czech Z1 gets digital license

The Czech digital TV news channel Z1 has obtained a compensatory broadcasting licence from the state Council for Radio and TV Broadcasting (RRTV), according to a council official quoted by…
09-04-2008

Banned Estonian film Magnus wins Febiofest award

The banned Estonian film Magnus by director Kadri Kõusaar captured the top award at the Czech film festival Febiofest which wound up last weekend. The director won €5,000, and another…
06-04-2008

Barrandov gets piece of Bond 22 action

Barrandov Studios was unable to land production of the latest James Bond film, but some of the sets for Bond 22 have been built in Prague. The film's producers placed…
26-03-2008

Oscar-winning director at Barrandov

Director Stefan Ruzowitzky, who won this year's Academy Award for best foreign-language film for The Counterfeiters, was in Prague recently to finish shooting the trailer for Love at War. Ruzowitzky…
25-03-2008

Last film of love trilogy by Slama opens

The last part of a loosely linked trilogy about the search for love, Country Teacher by director Bohdan Sláma, openws on March 20 in Czech cinemas. And if its predecessor…
19-03-2008

Seven Czech films offered to Argentine distributors

Seven Czech films will be screened in Buenos Aires, Argentina, next week and in early April as part of showcase of Czech cinematography organized by Czech Film Center (www.filmcenter.cz) and…
19-03-2008

Czech Television takes in 5 billion crowns in licence fees

Public broadcaster Czech Television collected 5 billion crowns (€200,000) in licence fees in 2007, a nearly 25% increase from the previous year. License fees represent the main source of income…
18-03-2008

G.I. Joe to shoot at Barrandov

Prague´s Barrandov Studio a.s. (www.barrandov.cz ) announced on Monday a $170 million film based on the action commando toy and comic-book hero G.I. Joe will be shot starting in May.…
10-03-2008

New Michalek film opens in Czech Republic

A new film by Vladimír Michálek, Of Parents and Children, a poetic comedy about an aging father and his middle-aged son who have little in common,opened Thursday (March 6) in…
05-03-2008

Big-budget adventure co-production filming at Barrandov

Solomon Kane, an adventure-fantasy film by director Michael J. Bassett set in the 16th Century, is shooting at Barrandov Studios in Prague. The film is budgeted at more than $45…
05-03-2008

Secrets and Empties split top Czech Lions awards

Secrets by director Alice Nellis and Empties by Jan Svěrák split this year´s top awards at the Czech Lions ceremony, the Czech version of the Oscars. Secrets won Lions for…
02-03-2008

Czech singer Marketa Irglova at the Oscars

Czech singer Markéta Irglová was mistakenly ushered off the stage before she could give her acceptance speech for winning an Oscar for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards Sunday…
26-02-2008

Telefonica 02 Czech Republic plans dividend

Telefonica O2 Czech Republic reported on Thursday consolidated revenues (business and recurring revenues) of 63 billion crowns (€2.5 billion) in 2007, a rise of 2.8% year-on-year, in the upper range…
21-02-2008

A wrap for latest Jan Hrebejk comedy Shameless

Shooting wraps today (Feb. 20) for Shameless, a romantic comedy by popular Czech director Jan Hřebejk. The film is based on the novel by renowned contemporary author Michal Viewegh, who…
19-02-2008

Czech DVD sales increased in 2007

DVD sales in the Czech Republic are rising at a record pace. In 2007, nearly 2.5 million DVDs were sold, 13% more than the previous year, according to figures provided…
18-02-2008

Secrets leads Czech Lion nominations

The film Secrets by director Alice Nellis leads this year‘s nominations for the Czech Lion awards (www.ceskylev.cz ), the domestic equivalent of the Oscars organised by the Czech Film and…
10-02-2008

Czech comedies are on the rise (update)

The traditional gloom-ridden Czech film may be giving way to a brand new trend if Wedding on the Battlefield, a comedy by Dušan Klein, is any indication. In its first…
03-02-2008