Rich Czech presence at Marché du Film 2023

09 May 2023

Czech Film Film Industry

Rich Czech presence at Marché du Film 2023

Czech Film Film Industry

Rich Czech presence at Marché du Film 2023


Czech films and film professionals will participate at various events and special programs of the upcoming Festival de Cannes' Marché du Film. Czech producer Alice Tabery became one of the Producers on the Move, a special Fantastic 7 showcase will screen Robert Hloz's debut feature Restore Point, The Short Film Corner | Rendez-vous Industry dedicated to short film will host two Czech projects, Czech company Artinii will introduce its unique technical solution at Cannes Next, and four Czech films will have a market screening during the Marché du Film.

The Czech producer Alice Tabery is among twenty producers who have been selected this year to participate at PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE. The aim of the initiative organized by European Film Promotion is connecting young, enterprising European producers with potential co-production partners, strengthening their industry networks and providing a solid and visible platform for their work. The selected producers will take part in project pitching, one to one meetings, case studies, social events, and an extensive promotion campaign.

Alice Tabery from Czech Cinepoint production company – this year's Czech Producer on the Move – focuses in her work on international co-productions, development and production of creative documentaries and auteur films. She co-produced Marko Škop’s successful debut feature Eva Nová (FIPRESCI Prize at 2015 Toronto IFF) and produced the recent documentary by Jan Šimánek and Petr Záruba, Adam Ondra: Pushing the Limits. Currently, Alice works on two new coproduction projects: The documentary Kaprálová (Czech Republic/France) by Petr Záruba about Czech composer and conductor Vítězslava Kaprálová and Love and Capitalism (Czech Republic/USA) by Bara Jichova Tyson, a hybrid documentary in development.

A feature debut of young Czech filmmaker Robert Hloz entitled Restore Point will be presented at Marché du Film within its
Fantastic 7 special program, fostering emerging talents by creating a privileged space for dialogue and exchange, supported by top-notch international film festivals. Restore Point, endorsed by Black Nights IFF, is a sci-fi thriller taking place in 2041 Europe, when death is no longer the end of a life. Detective Em Trochinowska has to solve a murder-mystery where the only witness is one of the resurrected victims.

Two Czech projects are participating at The SFC | Rendez-vous Industry, a forum dedicated to short film professionals, aiming to create bonds between the filmmakers and the industry.  The Czech project Hun Tun by Magdalena Hejzlarová, currently in production, will be presented within The Focus WiP section, highlighting short films currently in production or post-production to key decision-makers, international festival programmers, distributors, institutions, producers, and buyers. The short anidoc tells about Magdalena and a mythical king of chaos, named Hun Tun. Magdalena doesn't know about the king yet but when she can´t sleep anymore, her life becomes a mess. But what if this mess is a visit from a king? The Focus SCRIPT section of the forum spots and highlights innovative talents and support them in the first steps to their next short film. Within this section, FAMU will present Gone by Polish director Piotr Jasiński from the FAMU International Department, who attracted attention last year with his short documentary Everything's Fine, Potatoes in Line, the winner of the Short Film Competition in Warsaw.

Cannes Next, an executive conference and innovation-driven business development platform exploring the future of the entertainment sector, is a unique gathering enhancing partnerships and fostering business opportunities by connecting world-class creativity with cutting-edge business and technological innovation. Within the conference, the Czech company Artinii will introduce its innovative technology Artinii.Pro for secure and easy distribution of films for public or theatrical screenings worldwide. Film professionals from around the world, including Jerome Paillard, director of the Marché du Film will discuss the exciting potential of this patent-pending technology with its founders.

Two Czech films will be screened at Marché du film with Artinii.Pro's innovative technology:
The Meaning and Mystery of Life by Petr Vachler, a unique multi-genre film, filmed over the course of the past ten years, presenting world-renowned philosophers, scientists, and spiritual figures, who, with the cast, and one unconventional bumblebee, will guide you through a dreamscape of many stories of life and wonder. Another film is Two Words as the Key by Dan Svátek, a story of five very different characters who begin to change after each of them receives a letter from a French priest Michel, who lives in New York and who unfathomably sees into their lives.

The following four recent Czech and co-production features will be screened within the Marché de film:

Tereza Nvotová’s mystery drama The Nightsiren – the story of a young woman, who returns to her native village in search of answers about her troubled childhood, but when she tries to uncover the truth, the villagers accuse her of witchcraft and murder.
The Slovak-Czech co-production won the Golden Leopard for Best Film at the 2023 Locarno Film Festival.

Princess Cursed in Time: Alchymist´s Quest, a sequel to a successful Czech fantasy Princess Cursed in Time (2020) by Petr Kubík, which was distributed worldwide. Young alchemist Amelia gains a forbidden power which can save her loved ones but also bind her into darkness.

Another Slovakia/Czech Republic coproduction The Chambermaid directed by Mariana Čengel Solčanská will only be screened on-line. Anka and Resi, two girls born in the same year, but at the opposite ends of the social ladder, find a soulmate in each other. They become best friends, lovers, and the only light in a male-dominated Austria-Hungary.

Austria/Switzerland/Germany/Czech Republic coproduction Alma and Oskar (only on-line screening) – the story of the young widow of the world-renowned composer Gustav Mahler Mahler, Alma, who meets the radical artist Oskar Kokoschka, an enfant terrible of Viennese Society. Alma ventures into a wild affair, a love-hate relationship, that threatens both of their existences.

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