Days of European Film Festival Kicks off Tonight in Prague
Contemporary cinematic highlights from across Europe are coming to Prague cinemas this week in the form of the annual Days of European Film Festival, which is now in its 25th year.
Tonight, the fest will kick off with a screening of Piotr Domalewski’s Christmas comedy-drama Silent Night at Kino Světozor and Kino Lucerna. The film just swept the 2018 Polish Film Awards, winning nine categories including Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay.
Other English-friendly screenings tonight include Above the Law, a Belgian true crime thriller about one of the country’s most infamous gangs at Kino Pilotů, and Nico, 1988, an international co-production about the final years of the Velvet Underground singer in Machester at Kino Světozor.
Other highlights to follow over the next week include Oscar-nominated features like Ruben Östlund’s The Square and Ildikó Enyedi’s On Body and Soul, which previously screened during Prague’s Be2Can Festival and the internationally acclaimed AIDS activist drama BPM (Beats Per Minute), which was featured at Mezipatra.
Some of the other high-profile features at this year’s Days of European Film Festival include Mary Shelley (pictured at top), a new biopic starring Elle Fanning as the famed Frankenstein author, On Chesil Beach, an adaptation of the Ian McEwan novel starring Saoirse Ronan, and The Wife, starring Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce, which premiered at last year’s Toronto film fest to some enthusiastic reviews.
Alongside Prague, the Days of European Film Fest will also screen in Brno’s Kino Scala from April 6-8. Cinemas in other cities across the Czech Republic will get a selection of films from the festival from April 17-22.
Tickets to each film in Prague and Brno run 110 CZK and can be purchased from the cinema websites or box offices.
Most (but not all) films will be presented in their original language with English subtitles when appropriate; check the cinema website for full details.