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7 Nov 2009 00:00 - 16 Dec 2009 00:00

Velvet ®Evolution – The Best of Czech Cinema 1989–2009

The 13th annual Czech film festival will present an overview of the last 20 years of Czech Cinematography cherry-picking the best films. Director Bohdan Sláma will open the festival with the UK premiere of his film Country Teacher.


7 - 15 November 2009
Prince Charles Cinema & Riverside Studios
London

11 November - 16 December 2009
Filmhouse Cinema Edinburgh


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After the fall of Communism in 1989, it took a few years for Czech cinema to adjust to a denationalised film industry and the new demands of the market. But by 2008, Czech films had achieved a domestic market share second only to France. Over the past twenty years, a generation of new directors has also attracted attention – Petr Zelenka, Jan Hřebejk, Jan Svěrák, and Bohdan Sláma among them – while veterans such as Jan Švankmajer have continued to produce highly innovative work. This selection includes many of the best, ranging from the Oscar-nominated Divided We Fall to Švankmajer’s extraordinary version of the folk tale, Little Otik.

The programme
also features a number of films making their British debuts, including Sláma’s Country Teacher and Karel Vachek’s challenging survey of the state of the nation in Bohemia Docta. From the absurd perspectives of Zelenka’s Buttoners to the poetic observation of Saša Gedeon’s Return of the Idiot, from the Formanesque observation of Morávek’s Bored in Brno to the human touch of Michálek’s Autumn Spring, the programme provides a journey through a society in transition, but also one with a strong awareness of its cultural traditions.

This retrospective of Czech cinema cherry picking the best of Czech fi lms from the past 20 years is a part of a major season organized by the Czech Centre London entitled Velvet ®Evolution celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.

 

Peter Hames

Film Critic

Author of The Czechoslovak New Wave

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Press release

Download Velvet ®Evolution – The Best of Czech Cinema 1989–2009 brochure


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The Karamazovs

SATURDAY 7 NOVEMBER / 8.30 PM

PRINCE CHARLES CINEMA

7 LEICESTER PLACE, LONDON WC2

ADMISSION: Ł5 (Ł3.50 CONCS)

BOX OFFICE: 0870 811 2559

PETR ZELENKA, CZECH REPUBLIC / POLAND 2008, 100’

(IVAN TROJAN, IGOR CHMELA, DAVID NOVOTNÝ)


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A Prague theatre company arrives in Krakow with a stage adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov to be presented in a local steelworks. As rehearsals progress, we observe story lines from the real world, of the cast and of a single worker who observes them. The issues of faith, immortality, and salvation cross borders as the fi lm moves between its alternating perspectives. Focussing on the trial scenes, the film examines the subject of patricide, the complicity of the three younger Karamazovs and the supposedly illegitimate Smerdyakov.

 

CZECH LION 2008 – BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTOR. IFF KARLOVY VARY 2008 – INTERNATIONAL FILM CRITICS AWARD (FIPRESCI)

Introduction and Q&A with director Petr Zelenka.

If you buy a ticket to this screening you will receive a complimentary bottle of Bernard - Premium Czech Lager.*Offer for over 18 only


 

In collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute and Prince Charles Cinema.

   


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Loners

THURSDAY 12 NOVEMBER / 6.25 PM

RIVERSIDE STUDIOS


DAVID ONDŘÍČEK, CZECH REPUBLIC / SLOVENIA 2000, 104’

(MIKULÁŠ KŘEN, JIŘÍ MACHÁČEK, LABINA MITEVSKA)


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Seven Prague-based characters looking for love fi nd themselves alone in this off beat, engaging generation comedy. A very fresh and spontaneous fi lm full of dreamlike absurdity enhanced by the haze of marijuana.

Zelenka’s witty script exploiting and linking situations similar to those in Buttoners (watch out for the Japanese encounter with Czech family life!) is supported by Ondříček’s distinctive visual style. Full of off -beat music and catchy phrases, this is a winner with the younger generation.

CZECH LION 2000 – BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR


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Country Teacher

THURSDAY 12 NOVEMBER / 8.30 PM

RIVERSIDE STUDIOS

BOHDAN SLÁMA, CZECH REPUBLIC / FRANCE / GERMANY 2008, 120’

(PAVEL LIŠKA, ZUZANA BYDŽOVSKÁ, LADISLAV ŠEDIVÝ)


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A gifted young teacher looking for love leaves the city to teach natural science in the country. He befriends local farmer Marie but falls in love with her unruly 17-year old son and chooses not to tell her, fending off her advances. The rural idyll is shattered when his jealous ex-boyfriend turns up and sets in motion a series of events testing the strength and compassion of all three main characters to breaking point. A beautifully shot, powerfully acted story of desire, responsibility, forgiveness and the need to belong.

 

CZECH LION 2008 - BEST SCREENPLAY, BEST ACTRESS.

Introduction and Q&A with director Bohdan Sláma.


If you buy a ticket to this screening you will receive a complimentary bottle of Bernard - Premium Czech Lager.*Offer for over 18 only


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Buttoners


FRIDAY 13 NOVEMBER / 6.25 PM

RIVERSIDE STUDIOS

PETR ZELENKA, CZECH REPUBLIC 1998, 104’

(JIŘÍ KODET, RUDOLF HRUŠÍNSKÝ, EVA HOLUBOVÁ)


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A black comedy about ordinary people who bargain with fate at the end of the 20th century. It’s a funny fi lm about spitting on trains, bad weather, the atom bomb, shooting human sperm into space, infi delity and people who have killed other people. A kaleidoscope of eccentric characters makes up a picture of a cruel world where everything is connected with everything else and events seem to repeat themselves.

CZECH LION 1997 – BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST SCREENPLAY, BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR.

GRAND PRIX AT AT THE ROTTERDAM AND BERGAM FILM FESTIVALS.


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Something Like Happiness

FRIDAY 13 NOVEMBER / 8.30 PM

RIVERSIDE STUDIOS


BOHDAN SLÁMA , CZECH REPUBLIC 2005, 102’

(ANNA GEISLEROVÁ, PAVEL LIŠKA, TATIANA VILHELMOVÁ)


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A poignant drama examining the intertwining stories of three childhood friends trying to fi nd their place in life. Monika has a boyfriend in the US and plans to emigrate. Toník loves her and lives with his aunt on rundown

farm. Dáša has got two children. When Dáša suff ers a breakdown and is confined to a psychiatric ward, they take charge of her children and new opportunities open up…

CZECH LION 2005 – BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST SCREENPLAY, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, BEST ACTRESS, BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, BEST ACTOR. WINNER AT SAN SEBASTIAN AND MONTREAL FILM FESTIVALS 2005.

Introduction and Q&A with director Bohdan Sláma.


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Bohemia Docta or The Labyrinth of the World and the Paradise of the Heart (Divine Comedy)

DOCUMENTARY

SATURDAY 14 NOVEMBER/ 1.30 PM

RIVERSIDE STUDIOS


KAREL VACHEK, CZECH REPUBLIC 2000, 254’

(EGON BONDY, VRATISLAV BRABENEC, IVAN MARTIN JIROUS)


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The fringes of politics and mushrooms feature in this portrait of ‘national character and soul’ refl ecting the shifts in Czech democracy after 1989. Handheld cinema vérité is combined with staged sections and the often provocative director provides the uniting element through its episodic structure which is based on conversations. The film experiments with the idea of creating a new state and a new government and raises questions about the future of Czech society as well as individuals. The third part of an extraordinary philosophical tetralogy Small Capitalist.

This is the first UK presentation of work by a doyen of Czech documentary filmmaking, Karel Vachek.

MFDF JIHLAVA 2000 – BEST CZECH DOCUMENTARY FILM


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Bored in Brno

SATURDAY 14 NOVEMBER / 6.30 PM

RIVERSIDE STUDIOS

VLADIMÍR MORÁVEK, CZECH REPUBLIC 2003, 104’

(JAN BUDAŘ, MIROSLAV DONUTIL, KATEŘINA HOLANOVÁ).


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Standa doesn’t want to be a virgin any more and is preparing for his fi rst real date. A middle-aged psychologist meets a local TV soap star, nicknamed General Orgasm, but no longer in his sexual prime. Honza secretly loves his friend Pavel and there is also likable Jaroslava, who is unlucky in her choice of men. This intertwining story of four couples planning to make love on a Saturday night full of farcical situations has reached cult status amongst Czech audiences.

CZECH LION 2003 – BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST SCREENPLAY, BEST ACTOR.


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Return of the Idiot

SATURDAY 14 NOVEMBER / 8.35 PM

RIVERSIDE STUDIOS


SAŠA GEDEON, CZECH REPUBLIC 1999, 99’

(PAVEL LIŠKA, ANNA GEISLEROVÁ, TATIANA VILHELMOVÁ)


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František, the hero of this beautifully observed gentle comedy, loosely inspired by Dostoyevsky’s character, can’t orientate himself in a world full of love as well as hypocrisy and deceit. He has just been released from a mental hospital and experiences everything for the fi rst time while living with distant relatives. Entangled in confl icts and revelations between lovers, siblings and parents he often lands in awkward, funny and embarrassing situations. Feeling for everybody and touched by everything, he understands them better than they understands themselves.

 

CZECH LION 1999 – BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST SCREENPLAY, BEST SOUNDTRACK ,

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS.

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Hell with the Princess

SUNDAY 15 NOVEMBER / 2 PM

RIVERSIDE STUDIOS

ADMISSION: Ł3,50 ALL

MILOSLAV ŠMÍDMAJER, CZECH REPUBLIC 2009, 96’, IN CZECH ONLY.

(TEREZA VOŘÍŠKOVÁ, JIŘÍ MÁDL, PETR NÁROŽNÝ)


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A brand new fairy tale about beautiful princess Anette and her doting father, clumsy Prince Jeronym to whom Anette is betrothed, and hell full of devils led by Lucifer and his jealous fi ancée Muribana. When it comes

to the wedding the human and devils’ worlds clash and it is only thanks to Jeronym‘s courage that there is a happy conlusion.

Fancy dress screening for princesses and devils followed by a creative workshop.

In collaboration with Kids‘ Art Club - Czech School without Borders.

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Autumn Spring

SUNDAY 15 NOVEMBER/ 3.55 PM

RIVERSIDE STUDIOS

VLADIMÍR MICHÁLEK, CZECH REPUBLIC 2001, 95´

(VLASTIMIL BRODSKÝ, STELLA ZÁZVORKOVÁ, STANISLAV ZINDULKA)


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An uplifting comedy about a retired couple, Fanda and his wife, Emílie. Fanda and his friend, Eda like to spend their time playing elaborate practical jokes. From Emílie’s viewpoint, he is refusing to accept the realities of his age; she is more concerned with the possibility of moving to a retirement home and saving up for their funerals. When Fanda robs their funeral fund to pay off his debts, they are forced to re-evaluate. An actors’ masterclass in the art of understated comedy.

CZECH LION 2001 – BEST SCREENPLAY, BEST ACTRESS, BEST ACTOR, BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR.

BEST FILM AT FINÁLE PLZEŇ 2002 AND IFF CLEVELAND 2002 (USA).


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Divided We Fall

SUNDAY 15 NOVEMBER / 6 PM

RIVERSIDE STUDIOS

JAN HŘEBEJK, CZECH REPUBLIC 2000, 117’

(BOLEK POLÍVKA, ANNA ŠIŠKOVÁ, JAROSLAV DUŠEK)


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An ordinary Czech couple wants to survive the German occupation during the WWII as unobtrusively as possible. Their situation is complicated not only by frequent visits of their collaborator friend but also by the Jew hidden in their larder. In order to divert any suspicion they try to fi t in and are accused of collaborating. As the war is near its end their initial burden becomes their protection. Based on true story this is a black comedy full of

sympathy for human weaknesses.

CZECH LION 2000 – BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST SCREENPLAY, BEST ACTRESS, BEST ACTOR.

NOMINATED FOR THE ACADEMY AWARD FOR THE BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM.

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Little Otik

SUNDAY 15 NOVEMBER / 8.20 PM

RIVERSIDE STUDIOS

JAN ŠVANKMAJER, CZECH REPUBLIC / UNITED KINGDOM / JAPAN 2001, 127’

(KRISTINA ADAMCOVÁ, JAN HARTL, VERONIKA ŽILKOVÁ)


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A comedy horror by surrealist Jan Švankmajer based on the classic Czech fairy tale of the same name, but transferred to contemporary Prague. A childless couple decides to raise a voracious tree stump as a substitute

for the child they so desire but cannot have. When ‘Otik’ comes to life he develops a lethal appetite. A deliciously dark satire on parental love combining acted scenes with animation full of nightmare visions.

CZECH LION 2001 – BEST FILM


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Peter Sís: The Wall;
Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

EXHIBITION


SUNDAY 9–29 NOVEMBER

RIVERSIDE STUDIOS

ADMISSION FREE



An exhibition of illustrations from an award-winning book by Peter Sís, a Czech illustrator based in New York, providing a highly personal and imaginative account of life behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. Through annotated illustrations, journals, maps, and dreamscapes, Peter Sís shows what life was like for a child who loved to draw, proudly wore the red scarf of a Young Pioneer and believed whatever he was told to believe.

PART OF THE VELVET ®EVOLUTION 1989–2009 SEASON.

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Heroes Like Us

THEATRE - WORLD PREMIERE

24 NOVEMBER / 7.30 PM

RIVERSIDE STUDIOS

BOX OFFICE: 020 8237 1111

ADMISSION: Ł12 (Ł9 CONCS)


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Klaus Uhltzscht, the son of a secret police officer was never expected to make a significant contribution to the fall of socialism. He has never done anything his teachers or television warned him against waiting his whole life for a big task. An adaptable supporter of the State, he follows in his father’s footsteps until the Wall comes along. Now his past is haunting him and he a wants to talk about it. From Thomas Brussig‘s award winning novel Heroes like Us adapted and directed by Kamila Polívková. With Jiří Štrébl and Tereza Hofová.

In Czech with English subtitles. 90 mins.

PRESENTED BY THE PRAGUE CHAMBER THEATRE AND THE CZECH CENTRE LONDON, PART OF THE FEEAST 09‘ & VELVET ®EVOLUTION 1989–2009 SEASON.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

SATURDAY 7 NOVEMBER

8.30 PM

The Karamazovs

PRINCE CHARLES CINEMA

Q&A with Petr Zelenka

THURSDAY 12 NOVEMBER


6.25 PM

Loners

RIVERSIDE STUDIOS


8.30 PM

Country Teacher

RIVERSIDE STUDIOS

Q&A with Bohdan Sláma



FRIDAY 13 NOVEMBER 

6.25 PM

Buttoners

RIVERSIDE STUDIOS


8.30 PM

Something Like Happiness

RIVERSIDE STUDIOS

Q&A with Bohdan Sláma



SATURDAY 14 NOVEMBER

1.30 PM

Bohemia Docta …

RIVERSIDE STUDIOS

 

6.30 PM

Bored in Brno

RIVERSIDE STUDIOS


8.35 PM

Return of the Idiot

RIVERSIDE STUDIOS



SUNDAY 15 NOVEMBER

2 PM

Hell with the Princess

RIVERSIDE STUDIOS

Fancy Dress event followed by a workshop.

Admission: Ł3.50


3.55 PM

Autumn Spring

RIVERSIDE STUDIOS


6 PM

Divided We Fall

RIVERSIDE STUDIOS


8.20 PM

Little Otik

RIVERSIDE STUDIOS



9–29 NOVEMBER

Peter Sís:

The Wall; Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

RIVERSIDE STUDIOS

EXHIBITION


24 NOVEMBER / 7.30 PM

Heroes Like Us

RIVERSIDE STUDIOS

THEATRE


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VENUES

PRINCE CHARLES CINEMA

7 Leicester Place

London WC2H 7BY
www.princecharlescinema.com

Box Office: 0870 811 2559

Admission:Ł5 (Ł3.50 concs.)

 

RIVERSIDE STUDIOS

Crisp Road

Hammersmith

London W6 9RL

Box Office: 020 8237 1111

www.riversidestudios.co.uk

Admission:

One film Ł7.50 (Ł6.50 concs.)

Two films Ł10 (Ł8 concs.) exluding

the family screening on Sunday.

Sunday 2 pm screening Ł3.50 all.



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SCREENINGS IN FILMHOUSE CINEMA IN EDINBURGH

11 November - The Karamazovs
18 November - Little Otik

25 November - The Return of the Idiot
2 December - Bored in Brno
9 December - Divided We Fall 
16 December - Autumn Spring

www.filhousecinema.com

Filmhouse Cinema Edinburgh
88 Lothian Road
Edinburgh EH3 9BZ
Box Office: 0131 228 2688



Venue:

116 Long Acre
WC2E 9PA London
United Kingdom

Date

From: 7 Nov 2009 00:00
To: 16 Dec 2009 00:00

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