10 January 2023
Trieste Film Festival (21–28 January, 2023) will present in various sections 8 new Czech films and more than 20 Czechoslovak classics will be included in the retrospective called Beyond the Boundaries: The Fringes of Czech and Slovak Cinema, organized in cooperation with Národní filmový archiv, Prague.
Documentary Competition gives floor to Italian premiere of The Visitors, a documentary of Veronika Lišková following a Czech anthropologist who moved her family for limited period of time at Svalbard. Short Film Competition introduces Paradise on Earth to See by FAMU student Vojtěch Novotný and in Feature Film Competition will be showed Butterfly Vision, a debut feature of Maksym Nakonechnyi world-premiered last year in Cannes.
Furthermore, Somewhere Over the Chemtrails by Adam Koloman Rybanský and Victim by Michal Blaško will be presented Out of Competition and Petr Vaclav’s Il Boemo, strongly connected to Italy through the story, will be presented within Special Events. Finally, TSFF of the Little Ones will showcase animated feature Journey to Yourland by Peter Budinský and a selection of short stories Pat & Mat: Handymen’s Adventures directed by Marek Beneš.
Trieste Film Festival has this year prepared an extensive retrospective of Czechoslovak cinema called Beyond the Boundaries: The Fringes of Czech and Slovak Cinema reflecting the major trends in the development of Czechoslovak cinema between 1930s and 1960s. The program features both famous classics such as Eroticon by Gustav Machatý or the adaptation of Karel Čapek's novel The White Disease by Hugo Haas as well as less known titles such as The White Dove by František Vláčil or My Friend the Gipsy by Jiří Weiss. The space will be also given to major personalities of Czech animation such as Jiří Trnka (The Hand), Hermína Týrlová (The Revolt of the Toys) or Jan Švankmajer (A Quiet Week in the House). To make the program complete, few documentaries have been chosen as well – for example the experimental documentary about urban lighting of 1930s Prague The Light Penetrates the Darkness by Czech veteran director Otakar Vávra or Karel Plicka’s ethnographic doc The Earth Sings. The full list of films selected can be found here.