12 Oct 2013 - 25 Nov 2013
Made in Prague: Czech-O-Slovak Film Series
The 17th Made in Prague Film Festival is all about celebration and dialogue. Marking the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Czech and Slovak Republics, this year’s theme explores new approaches in Czech and Slovak cinema while paying homage to its leading directors, Jiri Menzel and Juraj Jakubisko, both celebrating their 75th birthday this year and both coming to London to present their films. The provocative documentary Free Smetana by the director duo Klusak and Remunda, David Ondricek´s award-winning crime thriller In the Shadow and Agnieszka Holland’s excellent docu-drama Burning Bush are amongst the many UK premieres to be featured.
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Sat 12 October 3 pm, Barbican
SILENT GEN & LIVE MUSIC
Jaroslav Siakel, SK/USA, 1921, 62 min
Exploring the legend of the famous East European ´Robin
Hood´ and based on the life of the real historical figure, Janosik tells the
story of seminary student Juraj Janosik, who, upon discovering his mother dead
and his father beaten to death by the local overlord, becomes the highwaymens´
leader robbing the rich and giving to the poor. Set in the 18th century and told
through the memories of an old shepherd, this visually dynamic film combines
narration with humorous situations inspired by American westerns.
LIVE MUSIC ACCOMPANIMENT by Vladimir Merta (voice, guitar, lute, harmonica, pipe, fujara); Jana Lewitova (voice, violin); Julo Fujak (voice, piano, percussions); Jan Kavan (voice, violoncello) and Samo Smetana (violin).
Organised in collaboration with the Barbican. Supported by the Embassies of the Czech and Slovak Republics in London.
IN THE SHADOW (UK PREMIERE)
& Discussion with writer and director David Ondricek (London)
MADE IN PRAGUE & UK JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL GALA
Sat 2 November 7 pm, Tricycle Cinema
Sun 17 November 4 pm, Manchester Corner House
David Ondricek, CZ/SK/PL, 2012, 106 min, English subtitles
It’s Prague, 1953. Police captain Jarda Hakl, investigating
a seemingly routine jewelry-store robbery, uncovers an orchestrated effort by state
security agents to detain and eliminate Jewish citizens. Sensing the charges
are bogus, Hakl embarks on a one-man war against a ruthless regime bolstered by
the arrival of former Nazi officer Zenke, who’s been brought in to help with
the case. Both gripping crime thriller and biting political commentary, Ondricek’s
impressive feature is inspired by Psycho, Blade Runner and Seven.
Winner of five Czech Film Critics Awards.
Preceded by a reception at 6.15 pm.
In partnership with UK Jewish Film Festival 30 October - 17 November 2013. ukjewishfilm.org
Fri 8 November 6.25 pm, Riverside Studios
Martin Krejci, CZ, 2013, 21 min, English subtitles
A boy's lie about an assault becomes a haunting nightmare. Winner of LA Shorts Fest 2013.
MY DOG KILLER
Fri 8 November 6.45 pm, Riverside Studios
Mira Fornay, SK/CZ, 2013, 90 min, English subtitles
18-year-old Marek lives with his father on the Slovak-Moravian border. Having a pit bull for his best friend, Marek spends his time with local skinheads who just about tolerate him. Only when meeting his estranged mother, and his half-brother, does Marek realize the disgrace she brought to the family and the terrible dilemma he faces. An observational directorial style, authentic locations and a cast of nonfactors create a strong documentary feel to this sensitive and disturbing Rotterdam IFF winner about wrong choices and missed chances.
LITTLE BIRDS, ORPHANS AND FOOLS
& Discussion with director Juraj Jakubisko
Fri 8 November 8.40 pm, Riverside Studios
Juraj Jakubisko, Czechoslovakia, 1969, 82 min, English subtitles
After the Prague Spring, drop-outs Yorick, Andrej
and Marta, whose parents were murdered by Nazis, Communists and Jews
respectively, reject the cruelty of adulthood by playing out games of free love
in a derelict house populated by stray dogs, birds and a drunken old man before
setting off on a road trip. Tragically, jealousy and cruelty gnaw away the
walls of this surreal utopia of searching for happiness and freedom.
Stylistically Jakubisko’s most dazzling work, it was seen as an allegory and
Supported by the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in London and the Slovak Film Institute.
Sat 9 November 2.30, Riverside Studios
Zuzana Piussi, SK/CZ, 2012, 75 min, English subtitles
How is national identity constructed? By looking to, or rejecting the past? By differentiation from neighbouring countries? Director Zuzana Piussi, well known for highly political documentaries for which she has faced imprisonment, examines her fellow countrymen's current notions of nationality through the tragicomic stories of several protagonists. While contemplating the sources of contemporary Slovak national pride, Piussi raises concerns about the fragile nature of identity and the fact that it can so easily be politically misused, a vital issue not only for Slovakia.
& Discussion with journalists Ondrej Kundra (Respekt) and Edward Lucas (The Economist)
Sat 9 November, 4.05 pm, Riverside Studios
Vit Klusak, Filip Remunda, CZ, 2013, 53 min, English subtitles
The bizarre case of Olomouc bus driver Roman Smetana, who received a jail sentence in 2012 for drawing antennae on politicians' heads on pre-election posters, caused an uproar in Czech society, and raised questions about the Czech legal system and judicial mechanisms. The humorous documentary not only captures Smetana's frustration at the political situation, the wave of incredible support his case created, and the comments and reactions of his colleagues, fans and politicians but also shows the filmmakers taking a very strong personal stand.
Organised in collaboration with the British Czech and Slovak Association.
Sat 9 November 6.05 pm, Riverside Studios
Matus Vizar, CZ, 2013, 12 min, no dialogue
An animated theory about the nature of evolution based on the example of pandas. Awarded 3rd Prize at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival.
CLOSELY OBSERVED TRAINS
Sat 9 November 6.20 pm, Riverside Studios
Jiri Menzel, Czechoslovakia, 1966, 92 min, English subtitles
Milos, an awkward young man, gets a job as an apprentice
platform guard at a small country railway station in occupied Czechoslovakia during
the war in this Oscar-winning film. Desperate to lose his virginity, Milos, oblivious
to the war and the resistance around him while hero-worshipping his amorous colleague,
is repeatedly frustrated on his journey only to become an unexpected hero when faced with a challenge.
A masterpiece of human observation.
Free glass of wine for all ticket holders 18+. Supported by VinoVitaj.
THE DON JUANS (UK PREMIERE)
& Discussion with director Jiri Menzel
Sat 9 November 8.20 pm, Riverside Studios
Jiri Menzel, CZ, 2013, 98 min, English subtitles
A rehearsal of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at a regional Czech theatre is the starting point for the latest fi lm by Academy Award Winning Director Jiri Menzel. The contrasting storylines of the opera director Vitek, who doesn’t like opera but loves sopranos, with that of musical director Marketa, the head of four generations of single mothers, all seduced and abandoned by singing Don Juans, provide inventive gags in this brilliant combination of comedy and drama where opera rules.
THE LITTLE MERMAID
Sun 10 November 2.30 pm, Riverside Studios
Karel Kachyna, Czechoslovakia, 1976, 84 min, in Czech only
A young mermaid comes of age with dreams of the
surface world. To be with a handsome prince whom she saved and fell in love with she
strikes a terrible bargain with a sea witch. She gives up her mesmerizing voice
for his love, only to see him marrying another. Stunning imagery evokes the
magic and terror in this great cinematic in this great cinematic Hans Christian
To be followed by an art workshop for children.
Organised in collaboration with Czech School Without Borders.
BURNING BUSH GALA
BURNING BUSH I-III (UK PREMIERE)
& Discussion with screenwriter Stepan Hulik and actress Tana Pauhofova
Sun 10 November 5 pm, Riverside Studios
Agnieszka Holland, CZ, 2013, 231 min, English subtitles
In January 1969 student Jan Palach set himself on
fire in Prague in protest against the Soviet occupation. While the police searched for his
followers, the government commenced a denunciation campaign forcing Palach’s family to
hire charismatic attorney Dagmar Buresova (Tatiana Pauhofova) to defend his
reputation. Concentrating on the impact his sacrifice had within the social and
political climate, Holland acutely depicts a web of conflicts among the student
protesters, the police and the media, all trying to advance their own interests
while watching their backs. Using authentic period footage, this three-part docudrama
presents a panoramic and highly dramatic portrayal of the Czech experience at
the beginning of Normalisation, evoking the atmosphere of fear and the
paralysis of a country.
Screened with an interval after the 2nd part.
Supported by the Polish Cultural Institute.
A free bottle of Staropramen beer for all ticket holders 18+.
NEW LIFE OF A FAMILY ALBUM
& Discussion with director Adam Olha
Mon 25 November 8 pm, Riverside Studios
Adam Olha, CZ/SK, 2012, 80 min, English subtitles
On becoming the only man in a family of seven women
after his father leaves to start a new life, Adam, using old photos and family home movies,
starts mapping the relationship of his parents. He observes the impact of their
split on the lives of his sisters while contemplating relationships between men
and women in general. Based on long-term observation and shot over a period of three
years, this is a rich and assured exploration of family life. Part of the DocHouse
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Organised by the Czech Centre London. Supported by the Embassies of the Slovak and Czech Republics in London, Slovak Film Institute, Staropramen and Techo.
PART OF MADE IN PRAGUE: CZECH-O-SLOVAK FILM SERIES, CZECH-O-SLOVAK JAZZ SERIES AND CZECH-O-SLOVAK MUSIC SERIES
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Barbican, Riverside Studios, Tricycle Cinema
From: 12 Oct 2013
To: 25 Nov 2013