Paris Film Festival Celebrates Czech Movies
Prague’s French Film Festival will be entering its 20th year later in 2017 at the Czech capital’s French Institute and other venues, but a young Czech Film Festival in Paris is already starting to make some waves.
The Czech-In Film Festival, now in its fourth edition, is being held this week, June 9-16, in the French capital’s Cinéma L'Entrepôt.
Presented as a selection of ‘best of recent Czech and Slovak cinematographic productions’, the Czech-In festival features a number of hit Czech productions from the past year, along with a couple of Hollywood features from Czech director Miloš Forman, who turned 85 earlier this year.
Screening are Forman’s Amadeus and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, which both won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director. After living in L.A. for over a decade, Forman returned to communist Prague to shoot Amadeus in 1984; it remains one of the most famous films ever shot in the city.
Bohdan Sláma’s Ice Mother (Bába z ledu), which won a screenwriting award at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year, will also be screened during the festival.
Other recent Czech films to screen at the fest include Jan Hřebejk’s Soviet-era The Teacher, Jan Němec’s final feature The Wolf of Royal Vineyard Street, Petr Václav’s gritty drama We Are Never Alone, and Michal Kollár's underrated Czech-Slovak co-production The Red Captain.
A total of 15 feature films, documentaries, and short films will be screened during the fest, including the beloved Ferda Mravanec from Hermína Týrlová, often credited as the mother of Czech animation. Týrlová was also honored at this year’s Zlín Film Festival to celebrate a new DVD boxset of her work.
The Czech-In Film Festival is supported by the Czech National Film Fund, the Czech Ministry of Culture, and the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Students from Prague film academy FAMU will also be on hand to present their newest works and debate counterparts from Paris film school La Fémis.
Not in Paris? In Prague, almost all the films being presented can be sourced on DVD with English subtitles. Ice Mother, which hit local cinemas in March, is still occasionally screened with English subs at Prague 10’s Kino Pilot and other locations.
Lead photo via Facebook / Czech-In Film Festival à Paris