14 May 2018
The fifth edition of the Czech-In Film Festival will present the best of recent Czech and Slovak cinema in May 18-23 at cinema Christine 21, Paris. The year of 2018 is a very important year for the Czech Republic, as the magical number eight has played fundamental role in modern Czech history. This year’s festival will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia, where France played the major role. The 50th anniversary of the Prague Spring will commemorate the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968.
The festival will open with a showcase of Julius Ševčík’s drama A Prominent Patient which was presented at the Berlinale IFF last year. The National Film Archive will provide archive footage of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk that will be screened as a part of the Ciné concert, accompanied by the live music of Czech artists Irena and Vojtech Havlovi, bearers of the Czech Lion Award 2017 for the Best Original Score of Little Crusader.
Czech-In invites to discover the documentary on T. G. Masaryk, TGM the Liberator, directed by Czech film’s first lady Věra Chytilová. Festival also offers a unique documentary by another representative of the Czechoslovak New Wave - Jan Němec‘s Oratorio for Prague, which was shot during the occupation week in August 1968. After this follows the debate with invited guests on "Film production and a 100th anniversary of the independence of Czechoslovakia" in the Czech Center in Paris.
„It's a unique occasion to discover the rare material that documents the personalities and events involved in the creation of Czechoslovakia in 1918. One of the extracts even shows Czech legions in France during the First World War“, says the festival director Markéta Hodoušková.
Current Czech and Slovak film directors will be represented in Paris. The Karlovy Vary IFF 2017 winner Little Crusader will be presented by the director Václav Kadrnka in person. The Peter Bebjak’s film The Line, the debut feature Filthy by Tereza Nvotová or the film Little Harbour by Iveta Grófová, which won the Bear Crystal at Berlinale 2017, are new comers in Paris this year. The films will be introduced by two guests, Kristina Aschenbrennerová from the Slovak Film Institute and Czech producer Jiří Konečný (endorfilm).
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