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Czech films at 2015 BFI London Film Festival

29 SEPTEMBER 2015 - This year's BFI London Film Festival presents three features and one short film from the Czech Republic. Apart from Petr Zelenka´s Lost in Munich (Ztraceni v Mnichově), the London audience will also get a chance to see Martin Štrba’s Wave vs Shore (Vlna vs břeh) - an inventive documentary about a group of Slovak photographers whose ground-breaking work challenged Communist orthodoxy in the 1980s. A beautifully restored Old Czech Legends (Staré pověsti české), Jiří Trnka’s classic puppet feature, will have its premiere amongst treasures from the world’s archives and a short film At the Jiznak Estate (Na Jižňáku) by Jan Vondráček will be part of the Last Man Standing Is a Girl programme. Screening of Old Czech Legends will be followed by Q&As with the director of the Czech National Film Archive Michal Bregant.

LOST IN MUNICH (Ztraceni v Mnichově) 

WORLD PREMIERE

Oct 8, 2015 6:15 PM
BFI Southbank, NFT2

Oct 9, 2014 6:20 PM
Ritzy Cinema, Screen 2

+ Q&A with director Petr Zelenka

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Director Petr Zelenka, producer David Ondříček, screenwriter Petr Zelenka, with Martin Myšička, Marek Taclík, Marcial Di Fonzo Bo, Czech Republic 2015, 105 mins, production company Lucky Man Films


During the Munich meetings between French premier Édouard Daladier, Neville Chamberlain, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, there was an unnoticed observer – Daladier’s parrot. Now 90 years old, it is invited to Prague by the French Cultural Institute and begins to repeat various derogatory comments (mainly about Czechs) that its master allegedly made during the negotiations. Pavel, a Czech journalist undergoing a midlife crisis, kidnaps the parrot and finds himself at the centre of a political scandal. But what if this isn’t true and we are really watching a film? What are the problems of making a Franco-Czech co-production in which the lead character is a parrot? Why is there a poster of Truffaut’s Day for Night on the wall? And will Jean-Louis Trintignant agree to appear? Petr Zelenka (Buttoners, The Karamazovs) reveals an undiminished sense of the absurd in a film that he suggests ‘you might have to concentrate on’. (Peter Hames)

 

WAVE VS SHORE (Vlna vs. břeh)

Oct 8, 2015 6:30 PM

ICA Cinema, Screen 1

Oct 10, 2015 4:00 PM
Cine Lumiere

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Director Martin Štrba, producers Zuzana Mistríková, Katarína Štrbová Bieliková, Ľubica Orechovská
Screenwriters Martin Štrba, Olina Kaufmanová, Czech Republic-Slovakia 2014, 88 mins, production company PubRes, s.r.o.


The Slovak New Wave (Miro Švolík, Rudo Prekop, Jano Pavlík, Vasil Stanko, Peter Župník, Tono Stano, Kamil Varga) was an extraordinary group of still photographers who made their impact in the early 1980s, disrupting the ‘normalised’ world of communist Czechoslovakia. Their guiding principles were play and irony, together with freedom of staging and gesture. And the results were startlingly original. This directorial debut from award-winning cinematographer Martin Štrba focuses on the lives of the photographers themselves: their relationships and tragedies, identifying with their formal innovation and genuine creative freedom. Filmed for their collective exhibition, Štrba avoids the traditions of the art documentary with an approach that provides a sympathetic insight, bringing international attention to a significant movement. (Peter Hames)


OLD CZECH LEGENDS (Staré pověsti české)

Oct 17, 2015 3:45 PM

BFI Southbank, NFT2

+ Q&A with the director of Czech National Film Archive Michal Bregant

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Director Jiří Trnka, screenwriter Jiří Trnka, Czechoslovakia 1952, 84 mins, production company Československý státní film – Loutkový film Praha


This year marks 103 years since the birth of Jiří Trnka – artist, illustrator and one of the pioneers of puppet animation. This digitally remastered version of his fourth feature is based on Alois Jirásek’s collection of legends in which history enters the world of myth. The stories of Forefather Čech (who founded the Czech nation), Princess Libuše and Přemysl the Ploughman are among six tales combined in a total composition and progressive narrative. A great success on its initial release, Trnka’s imaginative dream world merges seamlessly with that of folk legend, creating its effects through movement and lighting. The eye of the illustrator and animator join to create a uniquely expressive world – a vitality enhanced by a striking score by Václav Trojan. (Peter Hames)


AT THE JIZNAK ESTATE (Na Jižňáku) – as a part of Last Man Standing Is a Girl programme

Oct 11, 2015 1:00 PM
BFI Southbank, NFT2

Oct 14, 2015 8:45 PM
ICA Cinema, Screen 1

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Director Jan Vondráĉek, Czech Republic 2014, 7 mins


A young girl sneaks out of the house one evening to see her classmates.

The 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® runs from Wednesday 7 October-Sunday 18 October 2015.
BFI London Film Festival is Britain's leading film event and one of the world's oldest film festivals. It introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience. The Festival provides an essential platform for films seeking global success; and promotes the careers of British and international filmmakers through its industry and awards programmes. With this year’s industry programme stronger than ever, offering international filmmakers and leaders a programme of insightful events covering every area of the film industry, LFF positions London as the world’s leading creative city.
www.bfi.org.uk/lff