Czech on Tour - Czech films presented in Germany

    Prague, September 5, 2012 - The Czech Film Center (ČFC) is preparing several events this autumn to mark its 10th anniversary. One of the biggest is a Czech film tour of Germany. After a successful presentation of Czech films in the United States this spring, Czech on Tour will present our closest neighbours with an overview of recent Czech film production. The show follows successful events the ČFC organized in Germany and Great Britain.

    The first block of screenings takes place September 18 in Passau, but the opening ceremony will take place September 22 at the Metropolis Cinema in Hamburg with a screening of Petr Nikolaev’s tribute to the Czech underground of the 1970s, It’s Gonna Get Worse. The director will personally introduce this film as well as his latest, Lidice. The Hamburg show will further present four additional films. In spring 2013 the selection will expand to include nine Czech films. In addition to Nikolaev’s films, Grandhotel (dir. David Ondříček), Identity Card (Ondřej Trojan), A Night Too Young (dir. Olmo Omerzu) and 80 letters (dir. Václav Kadrnka) will screen in 15 German cities as part of Czech on Tour. Documentaries Citizen Havel (dir. Pavel Koutecký, Miroslav Janek), Marital Etudes, 20 Years Later (dir. Helena Třeštíková) and Matchmaking Mayor (dir. Erika Hníková) will also be screened on the tour.

    “The goal was to select a range of films which will show current Czech production in the broadest spectrum,” says Markéta Šantrochová from the Czech Film Center. “We were selecting the films together with our German partners, so films chosen in previous years for the festival in Berlin also appear in the selection. All films will be screened with German subtitles, and I hope that we will be able to attract viewers and get them to come back for subsequent shows in the future.”

    Another opening ceremony will take place September 18 in Cottbus where Ondříček’s Grandhotelwill be screened. Nikolaev’s Lidice will be screened December 6 in Potsdam. Both screenings will include audience discussions and meetings between producers and viewers. The Czech Film Center is organizing the show in co-operation with the German Municipal Cinema Associationand with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture, the State Fund for Support and Development of Czech Cinematography, and the Czech-German Fund for the Future. The Czech Center is a partner and Budweiser Budvar is a sponsor of the show.

    On October 10 an evening of short film, Fein.Košt,will take place in Dresden, where the Czech Film Center has cooperated several times before with AG-Kurzfilm within the Czech-German Days of Culture. Czech and German “nice short films” will be screened. The title Fein.Košt comes from the German Feine Kurzfilme im Ost, or “nice shorts in the Ost Cinema”. Michaela Pavlátová’s film Tram and Jiří Stejskal’s documentary Jáma will represent the Czech side. Czech and German filmmakers will speak with viewers after the screenings. A similar evening of short films will take place November 21 in Prague’s Cinema Oko.



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    Last modified on 06-09-2012