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Program

1 Nov 2010 00:00 - 19 Nov 2010 00:00

Lost in Translation?

LOST IN TRANSLATION is an exhibition exploring what it is like to live in another country through the works of British and Czech artists with experience of living in the opposite countries. Each works tell a different story about coping with the change of the environment, but what unites them is that it’s impossible for an artist not to be influenced by it in their work. It doesn’t seem to matter where you are from until you move elsewhere, because that’s when you really start to see who you are; to the point of surprising yourself with unexpected yearning for the national identity. The language barrier especially is something that even those resumed to visual communication can find staggering. Settling into another culture is an emotional and adventurous process. The wonderment of things being different - cars on the other side of the road, learning to talk at great length about the weather and the tube announcements in an alien language. You take it all in with all your heightened senses, initially feeling displaced and uprooted, but gradually beginning to grasp your environment and redefining your identify. You are never going to be the same. Curated by UK-based Czech curator, Michaela Freeman.


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SPECIAL EVENT


Sunday 14 November, 4.15 pm

Riverside Studios

Tickets: £5
Box Office: 020 8237 1111

www.riversidestudios.co.uk

 

Czechin London
Documentary

Tomáš Doležal and Marta Svobodová, UK, 2010, 20m

Seven Czechs, Seven Dreams and Realities: Seven reasons to come and stay in London. The documentary follows the lives of seven young Czech people after they settle in London. Told exclusively from their point of view, it provides an intimate insight into their thoughts and lives, and the search for identity in the multicultural London environment.

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Lost in Translation? – Your Story

Moderated Open Discussion

To celebrate the official opening of the Lost in Translation? exhibition and the premiere of Czechin London join the seven young Czechs and also the artists participating in the exhibition to share your experiences of adapting to another country.

Followed by the opening of the exhibition.

Part of London Diverse and Lively organized by Dynama www.dynama.org

Supported by the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Bernard, Original Czech Lager.


  
New Czech Cinema: The 14th Czech Film Festival
The annual Czech film festival focuses in its 14th year on contemporary Czech cinema, unveiling an impressive lineup of internationally acclaimed films.


date: 11.11.2010 - 26.11.2010
venue:   Prince Charles Cinema, Riverside Studios, Barbican Centre, The Tricycle


Now celebrating its 14th year, this selection of new Czech features includes many award-winning films, and demonstrates an increased interest in exploring subjects dealing with the years of Nazi occupation and the different decades of domination by Soviet communism.

 

Protector and Three Seasons in Hell shared this years Czech Lion awards. Both are substantial achievements and Protector, which examines the lives of a radio journalist and his part-Jewish film star wife during the Nazi occupation was inspired by real characters. Similarly, Tomáš Mašins large budget debut feature is inspired by the relationship between an avant-garde poet and a liberated young woman in the year immediately prior to the Communist takeover. Both retro films play careful attention to the visual recreation of their periods.

 

Jan Hřebejk contributes two films with political themes.  Tomorrow Will Be… is an impressive film record of an opera recounting the trial (and subsequent execution) of the democratic politician Milada Horáková in 1950 while Kawasakis Rose unravels the story of a famous dissident and his earlier links with the secret police.

 

Mira Fornays striking debut film Foxes is a superbly acted and observed portrait of the lives of two Slovak sisters who emigrate to Ireland in search of a better life while Maria Procházkovás second feature Whos Afraid of the Wolf? deftly weaves reality and fantasy with animation when young Terezka comes to the conclusion that her mother may be from another world. Not a childrens films, notes its director, but one for adults to watch with children.

 

For many, the highpoint of the season will be Jan Švankmajers strikingly inventive and witty Surviving Life, where he uses cut out animation to tell the story of a man who seeks to perpetuate his dream life (and dream woman).

 

The season is completed with a unique screening of Karel Antons silent film Gypsies, with live music accompaniment by Irena and Vojtěch Havel and the DVD premiere of Juraj Herzs stunning gothic melodrama Morgiana in a double bill with his classic The Cremator.

 

Peter Hames

Film Critic

Author of The Czechoslovak New Wave
 

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UK Jewish Film Festival and Czech Centre London
Gala Screening


PROTECTOR

Thursday 11 November, 8.30 pm

Prince Charles Cinema


 

Marek Najbrt, Czech Republic 2009, 100 min

(Marek Daniel, Jana Plodková, Tomáš Měcháček)

Actress Hana has just become a film star and her radio journalist husband Emil watches her jealously. The war changes everything. For Hana, who is Jewish, it means the end of a glittering career and normal life. For Emil it is an opportunity to become the voice of German propaganda on Nazi-controlled radio. Events catch up with them when Emil steals a bike and the assassination of the Nazi governor Reinhard Heydrich takes place. The exciting retro style of the film evokes 30s cinema and the unusual focus on the role of the media provides a fresh approach to a story of fateful relationships set against the backdrop of war.

Introduction and Q&A with screenwriter Robert Geisler.


Winner of six Czech Lions (including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay)

If you buy a ticket to this screening you will receive a complimentary bottle of Bernard,  the Premium Czech Lager.
Offer applies to 18+ only.



Protector is also being shown on 16 November, 8.45 pm at the Barbican Centre, London.

Part of the UK Jewish Film Festival (4-21 November 2010).
See www.ukjewishfilmfestival.org.uk.

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FOXES
Friday 12 November, 6.30 pm

Riverside Studios




Mira Fornay, Ireland/Czech Republic/Slovakia 2009, 83

(Reka Derzsi, Tina Banczi, Aaron Monaghan, Jitka Josková)

 

Two Slovak sisters arrive in Dublin seeking a better life. While Tina is settled living with her fiance Steve, Alzběta, an au-pair, jealous of her sister, rebels. Refusing Tinas help she struggles to get a good job and steady boyfriend while partying in immigrant bars. Fornays debut, using her personal experience of Londons au-pair scene, successfully depicts young Eastern Europeans on the move who are confronted by the difficulties their adopted country has in welcoming its economic immigrants.

 

Official Selection, the Venice International Film Festival 2009

+ A Tear is Needed

Kristina Dufková, CZ 2009, 19

A charming animation about a small girl stuck in the underworld.

 

If you buy a ticket to this screening you will receive a complimentary bottle of Bernard,  the Premium Czech Lager.
Offer applies to 18+ only.

 


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SURVIVING LIFE
Friday 12 November, 8.40 pm

Riverside Studios




Jan Švankmajer, CR 2010, 104

(Václav Helšus, Klára Issová, Zuzana Kronerová)

Eugene leads a double life - married to Milada, he also dreams of the beautiful Evgenia. Seeking to perpetuate his dream life, he goes to see a psychoanalyst, who attempts to provide an interpretation of his experiences. Primarily conceived as cut-out animation, the film combines real actors with their animated photographs, providing freedom for imaginative collages. Švankmajers latest film is the most light-hearted so far, appealing to lovers of Terry Gilliam and Jan Lenica as well as admirers of his more rigorous explorations.

Official Selection, Venice International Film Festival 2010

+ Kingdom of Cutlery                                     

Eva Skurská, CZ 2009, 6

What happens when the fork gets fed up with being alone…


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TOMORROW THERE WILL BE…

Saturday 13 November, 3.30 pm
Riverside Studios




Jan Hřebejk, Czech Republic, 2010, 75 min
(Soňa Červená, Jan Mikušek, Kuhn Childrens Choir, Canti di Praga)


Premiered in 2008, Aleš Březina and Jiří Nekvasils opera Tomorrow There Will Be… became one of the most fascinating and successful domestic music productions in recent years due to its topical theme and the powerful perfomances. Written for opera singer Soňa Červená and using period texts it follows the show trial of Dr Milada Horáková, a member of parliament for the Czechoslovak National Socialist Party, who was sentenced to death in 1950 following the Communist putsch. Filmed superbly by Jan Hřebejk, the result is a treat for both opera and film fans.

Introduction and Q&A with stage director and librettist Jiří Nekvasil.

Organised by the Czech Centre in collaboration with the BCSA and The Dvořák Society.


       

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WHO IS AFRAID OF THE WOLF?
Saturday 13 November, 6.15 pm
Riverside Studios



Mária Prochazková, Czech Republic, 2008, 90

(Dorota Dědková, Jitka Čvančarová, Pavel Řezníček, Martin Hofman)

 

Family relationships and fairy stories become intertwined in this charming drama for all ages. Dorotka is a cheerful single child with a rich inner life. When her parents relationship starts to fall apart she doesnt suspect third party involvement and accept her friends explanation that her mother is an alien. Supplemented by animation, drawings and striking visuals the film shows serious family matters from the perspective of a six-year-old who relies on fairy tales for explanations of her observations of the adult world. A must for all parents.

 

Official Selection, Berlinale 2009, Best Czech Film Finale 2009

+ Whoops, Mistake!

Aneta Kyrova, Czech Republic, 2008,7

An animated story about what happens when a baby and a bear cub are swapped.


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KAWASAKIS ROSE
Saturday 13 November, 8.20 pm

Riverside Studios




Jan Hřebejk, Czech Republic 2009, 100

(Lenka Vlasáková, Martin Huba, Daniela Kolářová, Milan Mikulčík)

 

Well respected university professor Pavel Josek is at the peak of his career with adoring wife and daughter and due to receive a state honour for his dissident past.  But as a TV documentary starts to focus on him, new facts come to life painting a different picture. Comparable to The Lives of Others, Hřebejks gripping study of family secrets, betrayal and reconciliation in the post-Comunist era tackles the subject of Czechs coming to terms with their past.  Brilliantly paced and performed, this is one of 2010s must sees. Presented by the Czech-British Chamber of Commerce, www.cbcc.org.uk



Official Selection, Berlin International Film Festival 2010.

+ Homeland

Juan de Dios Marfil, Czech Republic, 2009, 6

Where theres a will theres a way. An animated film about twisted and interlocked destinies.


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RUMPLCIMPRCAMPR
Sunday 14 November, 2 pm

Riverside Studios



Zdeněk Zelenka, Czech Republic, 1997, 90, In Czech only.

(Jiřina Bohdalová, Julius Satinský, Jaroslav Kepka, Andrea Elsnerová)

Once upon a time in a tiny kingdom ruled by King Valentine and his wise Queen it is time for their son Prince Hubert to get married. While his father struggles to find him the right princess, Hubert falls in love with a poor farmers daughter..... Fortunately with the help of the queen and a man with an unpronouncable name, there is a wedding but also a price to pay in one years time. Will Dorotka find the right name on time?

Followed by a language workshop with tongue twisters, games and other activities for children.

Organised in collaboration with the Czech School without Borders, London.

 

  

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CZECHIN LONDON & LOST IN TRANSLATION? - YOUR STORY
DOCUMENTARY

Sunday 14 November, 4.15 pm

Riverside Studios


Tomáš Doležal and Marta Svobodová, UK, 2010, 20m

 

Seven Czechs, Seven Dreams and Realities: Seven reasons to come and stay in London. 

The documentary follows the lives of seven young Czech people after they settle in London. Told exclusively from their point of view, it provides an intimate insight into their thoughts and lives, and the search for identity in the multicultural London environment.

 

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LOST IN TRANSLATION? – YOUR STORY

MODERATED OPEN DISCUSSION

To celebrate the official opening of the Lost in Translation? exhibition and the premiere of Czechin London join the seven young Czechs and also the artists participating in the exhibition to share your experiences of adapting to another country.

Followed by the opening of the exhibition.

 

Part of London Diverse and Lively organized by Dynama www.dynama.org

Supported by the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 


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COMPETITION

WHAT IS YOUR STORY?

Win two film passes for the New Czech Cinema 2010 season

To enter the competition send an e-mail by 8 November 2010 to info@czechcentre.org.uk describing your experiences of living abroad (In English only). The winner will be announced on 9 November 2010 and the best entries published on www.czechcentre.org.uk.
 

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Part of THE NEW CZECH CINEMA 2010, the 14th Czech Film Festival (11 - 26 November 2010).


Venue:

116 Long Acre
WC2E 9PA London
United Kingdom

Date

From: 1 Nov 2010 00:00
To: 19 Nov 2010 00:00

Organizer:

Czech Centre London


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