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Kapr Code
Kapr Code

Release date
14.12.2022

Director
Lucie Králová

A Documentary Opera featuring the contradictory life of progressive composer and prominent communist Jan Kapr (1914-88), Stalin award laureate, later banned in socialist Czechoslovakia. While Kapr’s life escalates towards pivotal moments, we follow opera songs reflecting these crucial life junctures, those establishing an artist’s fate. The film explores the nature of memory, and narration, using Kapr’s personal, never before seen amateur films manifesting his humor, inner struggles and desire to leave traces for eternity.

America
America

Director
Ofir Raul Graizer

Eli is an Israeli swimming coach living in the United States. A phone call notifies him that his father, who he hasn’t been in touch with, passed away. Eli reluctantly travels to Tel Aviv for the first time in 10 years to deal with the estate. On his short trip he decides to visit his childhood friend, Yotam. Yotam is running a small and beautiful flower shop in Jaffa, together with his fiancée Iris, a talented florist who, like Eli, is not in touch with her family. When Eli comes to visit the two, he will set in motion a serious of events that will affect everyone’s lives. A story set between a flower shop and an ancient monastery, between a swimming pool and the Mediterranean, between life and death - and somewhere in the middle.

8th Day of the War
8th Day of the War

Director
Oksana Moiseniuk

It is exactly a week since the Russian invasion of Ukraine have begun. Our eight cameras are not in the middle of the war, but in Prague with 5 representatives of the Ukrainian diaspora. They have lived and worked in the Czech Republic for a long time, but they have strong bond to their roots.
The war turns everything upside down and everyone reacts to the new situation in their own way. Horrific scenes from their motherland are constantly being poured on them through the displays of their phones, and they are verifying literally live that there is no escape from history.
Ukrainian director Oksana Moiseniuk’s feature length documentary debut was created in a single day and transfers us to a time we will never forget – the first days of a modern war in the heart of Europe.

The Greatest Gift
The Greatest Gift

Director
Marta Santovjáková Gerlíková, Daria Hrubá

In ancient times, our land was ruled by pagan gods and goddesses. Not only well-known Radegast in Wallachia, but many others - good and bad, kind and bickering, cheerful and serious - became the heroes of our story, together with curious inhabitants of a small Wallachian village. What happens when gods start meddling in the lives of men and vice versa? If Morena, the Goddess of Winter, wins over the Goddesses of Spring, Summer and Autumn, will the Earth be dominated by ice and frost forever? Will the chief God Svarožic learn about Morena's spree in time to bring the cycle of the four seasons back into balance? The gods will eventually be able to stop Morena, but they will need something far more powerful than their magic.

Introducing

The 70th running of the San Sebastian International Film Festival will feature Petr Václav’s most accomplished work to date, Il Boemo, an ambitious bio-pic about the forgotten pioneer of opera Josef Mysliveček.

Article by Martin Kudláč for CZECH FILM magazine / Fall 2022

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