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20 Oct 2004 00:00 - 4 Nov 2004 00:00

London Film Festival

Europe's largest public film event, with 280 films from 60 countries, including the Czech Republic.


Champions (Mistri)
Oct 26 - 18:30 National Film Theatre / NFT3

Oct 27 - 16:15 National Film Theatre / NFT3


Ice hockey is a Czech national obsession, and the country's victory over Russia in the 1969 World Championships, the year following the Soviet invasion, is a celebrated moment in its history.


In Marek Najbrt's black comedy, the heroic exploits take place only on a black and white tv screen as a group of representative misfits gather and watch the game in a desolate village on the Czech border.


Fuelled by the prophetic visions of an alcoholic, the self-obsessed fans - the owner of a failed pub; a bigoted invalid, Jarda; the neurotic Pavel; Josef (who hopes his father wasn't a Roma); and the bus driver who provides their only link with the outside world - follow a much less successful course than the national team. 


A clever and multi-levelled film, it provides a sharp antidote to the reconciliatory charms of the conventional Czech comedy.






Czech Dream (Cesky sen)
Nov 2 - 20:30 National Film Theatre / NFT2 

Nov 3 - 16:15 National Film Theatre / NFT3


This funny and provocative analysis of the world of contemporary media manipulation is based on a hoax perpetrated by two film students on an unsuspecting public.


Impressed by the escalation in the growth of hypermarkets in the Czech Republic in the past five years, they organise an advertising and promotional programme for a non-existent one.


They hire a leading ad agency and go through the full process of marketing and image making, including television and radio spots, billboards, an advertising song, a website, flyers, and newspaper advertising.


Their final confrontation with their deluded public, who stampede towards the hoarding that disguises only an open field is both instructive and surprising.






Visions of Europe

Oct 23 - 18:15 National Film Theatre / NFT1

Oct 27 - 16:00 National Film Theatre / NFT1


The initial idea was simple: to ask 25 film-makers from the 25 member states of the European Union to make a film in which they would convey their vision of life in their country.


The film should be set in the present or the near future, should be five minutes long, and each would be made for the same budget.


Beyond this, there were no restrictions, and each film-maker would be granted freedom of expression.


The list of film-makers who responded reads like a wish list of Festival favourites, and includes both extremely established directors and distinctive newer voices.



Book online at www.lff.org.uk




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From: 20 Oct 2004 00:00
To: 4 Nov 2004 00:00



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