PRODUCTON: Novel for Men completes filming in Slovakia

By Irena Zemanová

    A Novel for Men, a bittersweet comedy based on the novel from Czech bestselling author Michal Viewegh, has finished shooting in Slovakia and moved to Czech exteriors, producer Rudolf Biermann from Infilm (www.infilm.cz ) announced.

    {mosimage}In Slovakia, the Czech-Slovak coproduction took filmed in the Tatra mountains, especially at the luxurious Kempinski hotel, where part of Viewegh´s screenplay is set. A total of 34 days of shooting both in Slovakia and Czech Republic is planned.

    Director Tomáš Bařina, whose debut Grapes produced by Adan Dvořák´s Bioscop company (www.bioscop.cz) was a smash hit in Czech cinemas in 2008, will continue shooting Novel for Men in Prague for a few days in April. The post-production is planned for May and June, while the world release of Novel for Men is scheduled for September 22, 2010.

    The cast includes popular actors Miroslav Donutil, who plays the lead role of a cynical judge, and Vanda Hybnerová and Miroslav Vladyka as his siblings, who decided to spend a last vacation together, along with rising young Slovak actress Táňa Pauhofová.

    {mosimage}Michal Viewegh wrote the screenplay based on his book and created a film role especially for Mr. Donutil. "I'm not a screenwriter at all, but on the other hand, adapting my own book into a screenplay helps me a lot with keeping in touch with the production," Viewegh told FNE.

    The film is coproducer by RWE energy company (www.rwe.cz) along with Nova TV (www.nova.cz) and distribution company Bontonfilm (www.bontonfilm.cz). The budget is CZK 28 million (1.1 million euros).

    "We hope that Novel for Men will be as succesful as its film predecessors based on Viewegh´s books, such as Novel for Women (a 2005 hit from director Filip Renč, with over 550,000 admissions) or The Trippers (2006 from director Jiří Vejdělek and distribution company Bontonfilm, www.bontonfilm.cz )," Biermann told FNE.


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