22 Feb 2011 - 27 Apr 2011
Made in Prague, The New Czech Cinema UK Tour
FOUR CZECH FILMS, TWO MONTHS, 12 UK DESTINATIONS! Already in its third year, Made in Prague, the biannual New Czech Cinema UK Tour, is a showcase of the best of contemporary Czech films, cherry-picked from festivals all over the world.
This year’s selection consists of four films, ranging from WWII drama (Protektor), literary adaptation (The Karamazovs) and documentary (Katka) to contemporary road movie (Twosome) and presents works by directors Marek Najbrt, Petr ´Buttoners´ Zelenka, Helena Trestikova and Jaroslav Fuit respectively. While Protektor is inspired by real characters and examines the lives of a Jewish film star and her husband while focusing on the role of the media during the war, The Karamazovs weaves the real world with fiction when a theatre company stages the work in a Polish steelworks. In heartfelt Katka we trace - from hope via despair to a crossroads marked by pregnancy - 14 years in the life of a young junkie, while Twosome offers an exciting debut with universal appeal about a young couple’s relationship fatigue.
Launching at the Glasgow Film Festival on 22 February with the screening of Protektor, the Made in Prague season will be seen in Aberystwyth, Bath, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hereford, London – Greenwich, Newcastle and Swansea, becoming part of the WOW, New Europe and Bordelines Film Festivals.
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Organised by the Czech Centre London in collaboration with Czech Film Centre and Picturehouse Cinemas.
Sat 12 Mar – Aberystwyth
Sat 9, Wed 13 Apr – Cambridge
Thu 10 Mar – Cardiff
Thu 31 Mar, Sat 2 Apr – Hereford
Wed 6 April – Edinburgh
Mon 28 Feb – Bath
Mon 18 Apr – Oxford
Thu 17 Mar – Liverpool
Mon 14 Mar – SwanseaWed 23 Mar – Newcastle
Thu 5 May - Stratford, London
Marek Najbrt, Czech Republic 2009, 100 min, Czech with subtitles
This is one of the first Czech films to deal with the treatment of Jews during the pre-WWII Nazi occupation and the ensuing Protectorate. It deserves to be seen for this alone, not to mention the fact that it received six Czech Lion awards and the Krzysztof Kieślowski Award. In 1938 Prague, reporter Emil and his actress wife Hana are both young and successful. However, the occupation and war deprive Hana, a Jew, of work and any sort of normal life. Emil tries to save her by entering the German propaganda machine, but in a twist of roles and fate, in order to protect his beloved, he betrays love itself. His ‘protectorship’ becomes the same lie as the ‘protectoral’ role of Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich instituted for the good of the Czech nation. PROTEKTOR offers a gorgeously stylistic evocation of the era with samplings of Gershwin as it develops a bitterly sceptical reflection of the dark side of an imaginary Czech character. In Emil, human dignity loses out to careerism and attempts to compromise between the demands of those in power and his inviolable privacy.
Fri 11 Mar – Aberystwyth
Sun 10 Apr – Cambridge
Wed 9 Mar – Cardiff
Wed 6 Apr – Hereford
Sat 2 Apr – Edinburgh
Mon 14 Mar – Bath
Mon 21 Mar – Oxford
Thu 3 Mar – Liverpool
Wed 27 Apr – Newcastle
Sun 24 Apr – Cambridge
Mon 14 Mar – Oxford
Thu 24 Mar – Liverpool
Wed 13 Apr – Newcastle
Jaroslav Fuit, Czech Republic 2009, 89‘, Czech with subtitles
(Kristyna Fuitova-Novaková, Jakub Wagner, David Maj)
Czech independent films don’t usually come like this - both experimental and endearing - which is why TWOSOME has been chosen for this tour. In this intimate and honest road movie, shot in its own version of the Dogma manifesto, the titular twosome, Michal and Veronika, go through the uncertainty of any relationship at its first crossroads. The trip brings unexpected situations and of course confronts our protagonists with their own attitudes to life, making them either conform or resist, improvise or take action. The tension of the pair’s constant bickering leads them to realise just how much their personalities and interests differ. The road movie is a natural format in which this develops and, as in life, simply continues. What the film does well is to capture the hollow emptiness and boredom that we all feel at times, but also a sense of vitality, an appetite for enjoyment and an unwillingness to take responsibility for one‘s behaviour. There will be something that will ring true for most couples, and the young at heart of any age
Sat 23, Wed 27 Apr – Cambridge
Mon 21 Mar – Bath
Mon 11 Apr – Oxford
Thu 10 Mar – Liverpool
Mon 14 Mar – SwanseaWed 20 Apr – Newcastle
Thu 28 Apr - Stratford, London
Fri 29 Apr - Genesis Cinema, London
Helena Trestikova, Czech Republic, 2009, 90´, Czech with subtitles
Premiered at IDFA 2010, awarded two prices at RIDM, Montréal International Documentary Festival.
Venue:Aberystwyth, Bath, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hereford, London – Greenwich, Liverpool, Newcastle, Oxford, Swansea
From: 22 Feb 2011
To: 27 Apr 2011