Tag: czech

Review: In SKOKAN, Czech Director Petr Václav Seals His Filmmaking Versatility

Czech helmer Petr Václav pushes the envelope of his filmmaking in an uplifting road movie with universal message

WASTELAND: Quality Television Made in the Czech Republic

HBO Europe rolls out a bleak mystery miniseries Wasteland

Made in Prague Film Festival 2016 Preview: A Rundown of the New Czech Cinema Presented in the UK

Made in Prague summarizes the last two years in the Czech film production

Fantasia 2016 Review: I, OLGA HEPNAROVA, A Meticulous And Confrontational Look At A Mass Murderer

At one point over the course of this haunting and difficult film, the lead character is reading the Graham Greene novel, The Quiet American. She highlights a passage from the novel that is the lynchpin to understanding the unanswerable questions left...

Crowdfund This: Jan Švankmajer's Farewell Feature

Czech surrealist and legendary filmmaker Jan Švankmajer´s is bracing for Insects, a project that will be his last feature film. The project got stalled a bit being announced as in development as early as 2011 (with the premiere date set...

Berlinale 2016 Review: WE ARE NEVER ALONE Delivers A Powerful, Harrowing And Way Too Vivid Parable

Petr Václav, the Czech filmmaker living and working in France, returns to the theme of racial discrimination already addressed in his feature debut Marian (1996). Prejudice based on race persists as a hot topic in the Czech Republic, attracting ever...

Review: LOST IN MUNICH, A French Parrot In The Czech Republic

As the year 2015 drew to a conclusion, Czech film critics had to do their homework to round up domestic titles suitable for annual awards bearing their name. (The awards ceremony will be held on January 23). Out of...

Trailer For New Czech-Slovak Film WILSON CITY Promises Black Comedy And Genre Pastiche

New Czech-Slovak film Wilson City has an English subbed trailer that promises a comedic genre romp come its domestic release in October. Originally based on a story by Slovak writer Michal Hvorecký, "The Worst Crime in Wilson City", dubbed...

Review: JOURNEY TO ROME, Imaginary Embroidery Reigns Over Spiritual Comedy

One of the most common mistakes of filmmaking neophytes is an adamant effort to ram a wagon of ideas into their first outing even at the cost of crippling the final result. The credo, 'I am doing a big film...

Review: THE GREEDY TIFFANY, A Feat In Czech Genre Production

Genre production does not really thrive in Czech Republic. The contrary seems to be the case, and it appears to be rather an endangered species. This year saw the release of two horror films of the same breed (found footage). While...

GHOUL: Watch An Exclusive Clip From Petr Jakl's Czech / Ukrainian Horror

Czech director Petr Jakl bucked trends throughout the arthouse oriented markets of Eastern Europe with his Czech / Ukrainian produced - though largely English language - horror picture Ghoul and ended up with a minor hit on his hands, one...

Crowdfund This! Help Czech Director Tomáš Krejčí Finish The Most Expensive Film In Czech History

Czech director Tomáš Krejčí has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise 50k USD for the final VFX compositing along as well as grading, music recording, sound design and sound mix to his already shot and edited film. The Tower...

Review: GHOUL Feeds on Tried-and-Trusted Formulas

Horror films form a very niche and minor part of Czech cinema. Despite boasting a small list of interesting horror films, such as Juraj Herz famous The Cremator or his gothic tale Morgiana, contemporary endeavours failed to please audiences and...

Review: HOURLY HUSBAND, A Low-Brow Comedy About Midlife Relationships

The Czech comedy Hourly Husband, a feature debut by Tomáš Svoboda, who comes from a theatre environment, falls into the niche of easy-going comedies designed after a rather folksy blueprint. Hourly Husband addresses the very particular issues of a very particular...

Review: NOWHERE IN MORAVIA, Czech Gothic Painted In Bleak Comedy

Czech actor, theatre director and chief of the theatre Dejvické Divadlo, Miroslav Krobot, possessing as diverse acting experience on top of the directing work as playing the lead in Bela Tarr´s The Man from London or having himself rotoscoped for the Alois...

Karel Roden Kisses Asses in New Trailer for THE PHOTOGRAPH

Czech actor Karel Roden - who can be seen as Grigori Rasputin in del Toro´s Hellboy or as Viktor in Frankenstein´s Army - becomes infamous Czech photographer Jan Saudek in a film inspired by his life, The Photograph. Saudek´s...

Review: It's Baudrillard Revisited In Czech Anti-Rom DELIGHT

Czech director Jitka Rudolfová rejoins the ranks of emerging filmmakers worth following. Her feature debut, a sort of generational observation piece called Dreamers, focuses on a group of friends in their 30's who decide to change their aimless lives. Delight...

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Dispatch: West Meets East For The 49th Time

The famous Czech spa town of Karlovy Vary hosted for the 49th time, the well known international film festival, which caters especially to Central and Eastern European cinema. But that's not all, as the fest hosts plenty of world and...

Review: THE UNI (Vejška) Awkwardly Balances Generational Manifesto And Capitalist Fairy-tale

In 2007, Czech director Tomáš Vorel sr. made a film called The Can, an adaption of the book Graffiti Rules. As the name of the source material suggests, the main motif was graffiti and hip hop subculture, something that...