13 Jul 2014
Farewell to the Riverside Studios: The Firemen’s Ball & Buttoners
Riverside Studios, beloved home to independent cinema, will close down in August to undergo a major three-year redevelopment. Here, at the Riverside Studios in November 1997, the Czech Centre London launched Made in Prague, its festival of Czech cinema which has quickly became an annual treat for film buffs and lovers of Czech films alike.
The opening double bill of the first festival featured Milos Forman’s masterpiece The Firemen’s Ball. It therefore seems appropriate to say goodbye to a venue which has been always so supportive of Czech cinema with a brand new digital restoration of this Oscar nominated film which represents the pinnacle of Czech cinematography, the Czech New Wave. The difficult task of balancing double bill this time round was given to the brilliantly funny comedy Buttoners which, when first released in 1998, announced the triumphant arrival of Petr Zelenka, a promising director of the Velvet Generation, whose subsequent films (Year of the Devil, Wrong Side Up, The Karamazovs) have delighted future Made in Prague audiences. Come and join us in a fond good bye and thank you to the Riverside Studios with films we all love.
Come and join us in a fond good bye and thank you to the Riverside Studios
with films we all love!
Czech Centre Double Bill
Sunday 13 July, 6.30 pm
The Firemen’s Ball
Milos Forman, Czechoslovakia, 1967, 71M sub-titles
With:Jan Vostrcil, Josef Kolb, František Svet and Marie Jezkova
A ball which goes horribly wrong is the setting for Forman’s compassionate and beautifully controlled satire on organizational ineptitude and Czech provincial life where stealing is rampant and ugliness presented as beauty. UK premiere of the digital restoration.
13 July, 8.05 pm
Petr Zelenka,1998, 104’, subtitles
With: Eva Holubova, Rudolf Hrusinsky, Jiri Kodet
A black comedy about spitting on trains, bad weather, the atom bomb, shooting human sperm into space, infidelity and people who have killed other people. A kaleidoscope of eccentric characters creates a picture of a world in which everything is connected.
Farewell to the Riverside Studios also includes:
Second Run DVD & Czech Centre Single Bill
Wednesday 16 July, 7pm
František Vláčil, Czechoslovakia, 1967, 159 minutes, Czech with English subtitles
Second Run DVD and Czech Centre London present a very special screening of the great Czech filmmaker František Vláčil’s acknowledged masterpiece – Markéta Lazarová. Presented for the first time in the UK from a stunning new 4k restoration of the film, created and supplied by the Czech National Film Archive.
Voted the greatest Czech film ever made, this dark and passionate medieval epic chronicles the rivalry between two warring clans, the Kozlíks and the Lazars, and the doomed love affair of Mikolás Kozlík and Markéta Lazarová. Adapted from Vladislav Vančura’s classic novel, this fierce 13th-Century epic is a meticulously designed evocation of the period. Impressively ambitious and multi-layered, it is the crowning achievement of Vláčil’s career and is one of the great cornerstones of world cinema.
"Marketa Lazarová is without a doubt the best historical film ever made anywhere"
"A stunning work" Variety
"... the most convincing film about the Middle Ages made anywhere" Sight & Sound, 75 Hidden Gems of Cinema
"... stark, daring and often astoundingly dynamic" Time Out
Box Office: 020 8237 1111
Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, Hammersmith, London W6 9RL
13 Jul 2014