Coming This Spring: Czech That Film 2014 Coast to Coast USA Tour

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The annual Czech film festival Czech That Film continues its US tour in Phoenix. A special sold-out showcase screening of Lousy Bastards (Všiváci, 2013) at the Phoenix International Film Festival kicked off the Arizona leg of the festival on Monday, April 7th, 2014 in Scottsdale. The opening night featured a special guest, the promising young Czech director Roman Kašparovský. He participated in Q&A session after screening of his film which held its world-premiere in Los Angeles just a few days earlier.


The Czech That Film festival in Phoenix will continue in coming weeks at the Film Bar in downtown Phoenix (815 N Street). The series will present Jiří Menzel’s Don Juans (Donšajni, 2013), the Czech entry for the 86th Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film category, (April 26th at 2 pm and April 29th at 7 pm), Honeymoon (Líbánky, 2013) by Jan Hřebejk for which he won the best director award at the IFF in Karlovy Vary (May 3rd at 2 pm and May 6th at 7 pm) and psychological drama by Zdeněk Tyc Like Never Before (Jako Nikdy, 2013) (May 10th at 2 pm and May 13th at 7 pm).

This year, the festival has been exceeding all expectations. It has had an incredible turnout in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Salt Lake City, also several sreenings in Denver and in Cedar Rapids were sold-out.

Czech That Film 2014 would like to thank the invaluable contributions of all partners involved, without which the festival would not have been possible. The festival is sponsored by Milk & Honey Pictures, ELMA, Prague Studios and Czech Tourism, with local contributions from the SVU in Los Angeles and bayczech.com

Czech That Film festival in 2014 is exceeding all expectations. It has had an incredible turnout in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Salt Lake City each day so far. In order to accommodate all attendees at the Opening night of the festival in Los Angeles, an additional screening room had to be opened at the University of Southern California.


As a special treat to all three cities, the well-known Czech director Jan Hřebejk presented in person his latest film Honeymoon (Líbánky, 2013) during Opening nights. During the following Q&A session, he explained development of his characters and his creative process during the shooting. Popular receptions attended by local VIPs as well as film lovers of all ages attracted large crowds willing to taste free Czech Pilsner Urquell and to discuss with Jan Hrebejk his masterpiece.

World premiere of modern Czech feature Lousy Bastard (Všiváci, 2014) with promising Czech director Roman Kašparovský on stage at USC successfully concluded the festival in Los Angeles and in San Francisco on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014. Sold-out screening of Collette (2013), a dramatic love story from Auschwitz based on the novel by Pulitzer Prize nominee Arnošt Lusting, closed the Salt Lake City leg of the festival.

On Friday April 4th, the festival continues in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with screening of Lousy Bastards and on Saturday April 5th the festival opens in Denver with Honeymoon and Jan Hřebejk in person. Other screenings throughout the festival include Jiří Menzel’s Don Juans (Donšajni, 2013), the Czech entry for the 86th Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film category, and psychological drama by Zdeněk Tyc Like Never Before (Jako Nikdy, 2013) Czech director Roman Kašparovský will present in person his Lousy Bastards in Phoenix on Monday, April 7th as a special showcase at the Phoenix International Film Festival.

The opening night of Czech That Film in San Francisco surpassed all expectations. The exciting touring program of current Czech films drew large audience on Sunday, March 30, 2014 to check out Honeymoon (Líbánky, 2013), the newest feature of the Oscar nominated director Jan Hřebejk. The legendary Czech director was available in person for post-screening Q&A session that lasted half an hour. The screening was followed by an after-party that was held in local restaurant.

Jan Hřebejk

The festival continues on Tuesday, April 1 at 7 pm with a breathtaking love story from Auschwitz Collette (2013) based on the novel by one of the world’s most renowned literary authors Arnošt Lustig. This screening is supported by AJC San Francisco.

The San Francisco’s offshoot of the film series will conclude on Wednesday, April 2 at 7 pm with a Roman Kašparovský feature debut Lousy Bastards (Všiváci, 2013).

The fest then travels to Salt Lake City, where it solemnly starts on Tuesday, April 1st with the opening film of the festival Honeymoon.

Los Angeles, CA – Monday, March 31st, 2014

The third year of touring film festival of recent Czech films titled: Czech That Film continues on Tuesday with a screening of Milan Cieslar’s Colette (2013) supported by AJC Los Angeles. The festival will conclude on Wednesday, April 2nd with the world premiere of Lousy Bastards (Všiváci, 2013), the debut feature by Roman Kašparovský, who will be available for Q&A session.

Czech That Film festival, which successfully kicked off its 2014 showing on March 27th with a sold out house featuring the newest film of Academy nominee director Jan Hřebejk Honeymoon (Líbánky, 2013) continues in Los Angeles through April 2nd, 2014 with other great hits. On Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 at 7 pm at the Ray Stark Theater at the USC campus will be showing a breathtaking love story from Auschwitz Collette based on the novel by one of the world’s most renowned literary authors Arnošt Lustig.

I was not interested in making a shocking document on the holocaust. Rather, I wanted to pull the spectators into the world of lovers in cruel times and carry them through the story's big dramatic curve to its catharsis. I wanted to capture on film the feeling I had in reading the novel—the depth of emotion and the tension of a classic thriller drama.
Milan Cieslar, Director

One of the highlights of the festival is the visit of a special guest - promising Czech director Roman Kašparovský, who will present at the closing night of the festival on Wednesday, April 2nd at 7 pm at Ray Stark Theater a world premiere of his feature debut Lousy Bastards.

Admission to all screenings is complimentary. The festival takes place at the campus of the University of Southern California, who is festival’s partner in 2014. The fest then travels to Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Phoenix, Seattle, Denver, Portland, Salt Lake City, and Cedar Rapids.

Czech That Film would like to thank the invaluable contributions of all partners involved, without which the festival would not have been possible. The festival is sponsored by Milk & Honey Pictures, ELMA, Prague Studios, Czech Tourism and Pilsner Urquell with local contributions from the SVU in Los Angeles and support from AJC. The series in Los Angeles is organized by the Czech Consulate in L.A. and Czech Center in New York in cooperation with the University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts.

2014 festival screenings

All films are with english subtitles

Screenings are complimentary but reservations are required at cinema.usc.edu/CzechThatFilm

USC School of Cinematic Arts/the Ray Stark Family Theatre/the Albert & Dana Broccoli Theatre, George Lucas Building, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Honeymoon

Thursday, March 27th at 7 pm
Q&A with director after the screening


Don Juans

Friday, March 28th at 7 pm


Like Never Before

Saturday, March 29th at 7 pm


Colette

Tuesday, April 1st at 7 pm


Lousy Bastards - WORLD PREMIERE

Wednesday, April 2nd at 7 pm
Q&A with director after the screening


For more information, Please check: cinema.usc.edu/CzechThatFilm or czechthatfilm.com For press inquiries and interviews with the directors please contact US Publicist: Tatiana Detlofson at 310 663-3465 or tatsfilm@gmail.com

The Opening Night of the third edition of popular Czech film touring series titled Czech That Film exceeded all expections. The Oscar nominated director Jan Hřebejk in person introduced to a sold-out Ray Stark Family Theater at USC his newest feature Honeymoon (Líbánky, 2013) on Thursday, March 27, 2014. The legendary Czech director also participated in the post-screening Q&A session during which he mainly disucssed development of his characters and his creative process. To accomodate all the lovers of Czech cinema, additional screening room had to be opened and utilized.

Jan Hřebejk

An after-party followed the screening at the grounds of USC and was heavily attended by fans of Czech moviemaking of all ages, film professionals, and students of USC. Several Consul Generals from LA Consular Corp and Czech and Slovak expatriates also visited start of this week-long series of best what current Czech cinema has to offer.

The Czech That Film festival continues today, on Friday, March 28 at 7 pm with a screening of the latest feature of the Oscar winning director Jiří Menzel Don Juans (Donšajni, 2013), the Czech entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards. Psychological drama directed by Zdeněk Tyc Like Never Before (Jako nikdy, 2013) starring acclaimed actors Jiří Schmitzer, Taťjana Medvecká and Petra Špálková will be featured on Saturday, March 29th at 7 pm.

The fest will run in Los Angeles through April 2nd, 2014. All the LA screenings take entirely place at the campus of the University of Southern California, are with English subtitles, and are complimentary but reservations are required at cinema.usc.edu

Even though we are a small country in the middle of Europe with roughly the same population as the state of Michigan, our contributions to the world are sizable. Not only are we home to world-class athletes and scientists, but Czech filmmakers have also made their mark on the world, their unique and innovative perspectives winning numerous Oscars through the years. We here at the Czech Centers appreciate the opportunity to showcase exceptional Czech films, directors and actors at festivals and shows worldwide.

I am honored to invite you to Czech That Film 2014, one of the central festivals in the Czech film industry, taking place throughout the USA for a second year. We have prepared a program of films for you in over ten different cities, the highlight of which will be the world premiere of Roman Kašparovský’s directorial debut. Kašparovský, like our other festival guest, director and screenwriter Jan Hřebejk, studied at Prague’s FAMU Film and TV School, one of the most prestigious film schools in the world.

On behalf of the Czech Centers worldwide, I wish you well on your journey exploring Czech cinema and I hope you have a great time at the festival.

Vilma Anýžová, General director of the Czech Centres

Vilma Anýžová
General director of the Czech Centres
Czech That Film 2014 comes back this spring

The 2014 program for the international film festival Czech That Film is in progress. This year, be prepared for a great lineup of the newest films, cultural insights and award-winning presenters.

This year, the festival will kick off its tour in Los Angeles on March 27th. The festival will then travel to San Francisco, where it opens on Sunday, March 30th and will continue through April 2nd at the Roxie Theater.

The festival will further tour other major American metropolitan areas such as Washington, D.C., New York City, Phoenix, Chicago, Seattle, Denver, Portland or Salt Lake City. This year, the film series will also have its debut in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

In each city, screenings are traditionally complemented with special events, such as opening and closing receptions and Q&A sessions with well-established Czech directors. In the 2014 edition, attendees will have an opportunity to personally meet top Czech director Jan Hřebejk, who will unveil his recent drama Honeymoon (Líbánky, 2013). The film won the Best Director Award at the 48th International Film Festival of Karlovy Vary. Czech That Film will also host another special guest - promising Czech director Roman Kašparovský, who will present the world premiere of his feature debut Lousy Bastards (Všiváci, 2013). The program of the 2014 Czech That Film will include a diverse assortment of the newest and greatest Czech films, a must-see for any enthusiast of international cinema.

Czech That Film is organized by the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles and the Czech Center in New York in cooperation with the University of Southern California (USC).

Michal Sedláček
Consul General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles