Premieres in Czech cinemas

D is for Division
D is for Division

Release Date
04.10.2018

Director
Davis Simanis

On an archival black and white photograph, a Latvian woman – Hermine Purina, the first victim of the Soviet invasion of Latvia in 1940 – is trying to save her son Voldemärs by covering him with her own body. This photograph became an inspiration for contemplating over film’s boundaries – geographical as well as metaphorical. Russians and Latvians sense the import of…

Domestique
Domestique

Release Date
27.09.2018

Director
Adam Sedlák

Roman is a top level cyclist recovering from an injury through hard work and strict regimen. To improve his performance, he even sleeps in an oxygen tent installed in his bedroom. That is a bitter pill to swallow for his wife, Šarlota, whose long-time wish is to conceive a child. And so they both brim with determination, get lost in their obsessions, and improve their bodies to a point…

King Skate
King Skate

Director
Šimon Šafránek

The story of beginnings and development of skateboarding in Czechoslovakia during 1975 - 1989. The skateboarding is for the director a starting point in looking for signs of freedom outside the mainstream society controlled by the communist regime. This new western sport became quite attractive and contagious kind of entertainment for young people in otherwise greyish environment of socialist…

Toman
Toman

Release Date
04.10.2018

Director
Ondřej Trojan

A historical drama about the controversial Zdeněk Toman, the head of the Czechoslovak Department of Foreign Intelligence Agency. This institution significantly influenced the political development in Czechoslovakia between 1945 and 1948, and contributed greatly to the takeover of political powers and the government by the Communist Party. Jiří Macháček plays in the lead role.

What Men Long For
What Men Long For

Director
Rudolf Havlík

The film tells a story charismatic and self-confident Karel Král. At first sight a successful man, a bit chauvinist maybe, but still very popular with women, however struggles in his personal life. He is arguing with his ex-wife all the time over his 17 year-old daughter, who hates him because of the way he is living his life. And one day, the consequences of his behaviour finally come. He…

Supervising the Meaning of Dreams
Supervising the Meaning of Dreams

Release Date
27.09.2018

Director
Pavel Göbl

Three old friends – Musician, Thief and Circus Performer, former inmates of the communist prison, who after being widowed, live together in a house close to the Czech-German border. They share a need to pay revenge on someone who hurt them in the past – which is summarized in the previous film – Sunrise Supervising. But because the one who had hurt them, the former state police…

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Vladimír Smutný (b. 1942), winner of seven Czech Lions for Best Cinematography, has worked with legendary domestic directors František Vláčil, Jiří Menzel, and Karel Kachyňa, as well as with international crews on genre pics including Love Lies Bleeding, starring Faye Dunaway, and the French TV series Maigret. Recently he wrapped up shooting on two much-awaited features: a cinematic adaptation of Jerzy Kosiński’s war story The Painted Bird, by director Václav Marhoul, and the sports film The Golden Betrayal, with Radim Špaček.

Interview by Pavel Sladký for CZECH FILM Magazine / Fall 2018

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