After more than four months, the 2015 Czech That Film festival will reach its final destination. The touring series of Czech films will be presented in Seattle in July.
The festival of current Czech films is going to kick off on July 7th, 2015 at the SIFF Film Center (305 Harrison Street, Seattle Center Campus) with screening of the directorial debut of the popular Czech actor Jiří Mádl „To See the Sea.” We are honored to announce that Mr. Mádl will attend a Q&A session that follows the screening. Mr. Mádl perfectly proves that he is not only an outstanding actor, but also a really talented director. The story of 12-year-old boy, who uses camera to document his world, will really touch you.
Jiří Mádl has already accomplished a significant acting career. His breakthrough role was in the movie Snowboarders in 2004, his most prominent performance was displayed in the 2008 film Night Owls, for which he received the Best Actor Award at the 2008 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
The festival program will also include Czech entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards “Fair Play” directed by Andrea Sedláčková and her documentary „Václav Havel – A Life in Freedom“ (both July 10th).
Moreover, you can enjoy Czech comedy/drama „Clownwise (July 12th), directed by the director/producer Viktor Tauš; another great feature of well-recognized director Jan Hřebejk “The Icing” (July 11th), a story following a not so perfect wedding, during which the moviegoers are sure to have some laugh.
Another film worth seeing is the dark comedy “Krásno” (July 11th) directed by Ondřej Sokol and centered around two childhood friends trying to solve a family mystery, while featuring famous Czech actor Karel Roden.
The festival in Seattle is organized by the SIFF Cinema with support of the Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic in Seattle, Mr. Wayne Jehlik.
Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27, 2015 are dates, every Czech cinema fan should remember! The Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles in partnership with the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library,will present the Czech That Film festival in Cedar Rapids. All the screenings will be set at the Collins Road Theatres (1462 Twixt Town Rd NE, Marion, IA 52302) and include English subtitles. It would not be possible to realize the festival in Cedar Rapids without generous sponsorship by Gary & Cathy Rozek, to whom belongs a big thanks.
“To See the Sea” (“Pojedeme k moři”) did not launch only Jiři Mádl’s directorial career, but also will be the first movie to start the festival. The delightful story of Tomáš, who would like to at the age of 11 become a filmmaker, will definitely make you laugh as it shows the kids’ world in the adults’ one.
As a great honor, we will be glad to welcome actor and director Jiří Mádl personally to the screening, which will be followed by his Q&A session. The opening night will be accompanied by a reception as well. For reservations, please call 319-362-8500 or send an email to SJacobmeyer@NCSML.org.
The festival will continue also on Saturday, June 27. At 12:30 p.m. Viktor Tauš’ drama “Clownwise” (“Klauni”) will be the first screening of the day. The story of former professional clowns and friends will reveal if they are still able to entertain, even after 30 years.
“Icing” (“Zakázané uvolnění”), a bittersweet comedy directed by Jan Hřebejk, will start at 3 p.m. Based on a theatre play, “Icing” is a story of a not that typical wedding which will make you laugh through tears.
Another movie to follow is “Krásno”, the thrilling story directed by Ondřej Sokol. Two best lifelong friends will start investigating family secret, commemorating children memories and experience.
Successful drama of Andrea Sedláčková “Fair Play” will close up the festival at 7 p.m. The story of a young athlete, included into a secret state-controlled doping program, was selected to represent the Czech Republic at the 87th Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
For the first time, the famous Ron Robinson Theater (100 River Market Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201) in Little Rock will become one of the settings for the Czech That Film festival! The display of the best current Czech cinema will be presented in Arkansas on June 5 and 6, 2015. You can look forward to a selection of five movies, which achieved success not only in the Czech Republic, but also abroad. Come and enjoy the complimentary screenings with English subtitles and meet renowned Czech actress Eva Jeníčková, who will travel to Little Rock from Los Angeles.
The festival will launch on Friday, June 5 at 7 p.m. with “Clownwise” (“Klauni”), directed by Viktor Tauš. The drama describes a story of three professional clowns, former close friends. Accompanied by great performance of Jiří Lábus, Oldřich Kaiser and Didier Flamand and Eva Jeníčková, the movie answers the question if they are still, after such a long time, able to see eye to eye. Eva Jeníčková will be available for question and answer session after the screening.
The second day of the festival, Saturday, June 6, will present four movies! As the first one, “To See the Sea” (“Pojedeme k moři”) will be screened at noon. The delightful story by popular Czech actor and director Jiří Mádl describes a story of 11-year-old Tomáš who starts revealing family secrets after recording them on a camera.
Following at 1:45 p.m will be a comedy called “Icing” (“Zakázané uvolnění”). Jan Hřebejk’s latest feature is an adaptation of a theatre, where an unusual story is told.
The festival continues at 3:30 p.m. by screening of sports drama “Fair Play”. Andrea Sedláčková’s story represented the Czech Republic at the 87th Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
Crime-comedy “Krásno” will end the festival at 5:45 p.m. The story is an investigation of several-year-old murder, based on personal experience of Ondřej Sokol, director of the movie also acting as one of the leading characters.
Screenings in Little Rock are complimentary but reservations are required at: eventbrite.com
For the first time, the Czech That Film festival will newly reach five major US cities (Oklahoma City, Cleveland and Columbus in Ohio, Houston and Dallas in Texas). The stirring selection of the best current Czech cinema will visit all of these new locations during the eventful weekend of May 16-17, 2015. Screenings will be accompanied in most locations with debates with filmmakers.
The established Czech director Andrea Sedláčková will personally introduce her last feature “Fair Play” in Cleveland (May 15). The story presents a personal dilemma of a young athlete Anna (Judit Bárdos) who stands for her belief that the competition needs to be fair, even when her decision puts her into a difficult situation. „Fair Play“ was selected to represent the Czech Republic at the 87th Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
Popular Czech actress Eva Jeníčková, starring in a movie “Clownwise” (“Klauni”) will reveal more about the movie and share her experience with the audience during the Q&A sessions in Houston (May 15), Oklahoma City (May 16), and Dallas (May 18). The newest feature of director Viktor Tauš, the unrivaled Czech comedy/drama “Clownwise”, offers a story of three former clowns and friends, meeting after thirty years of separation. Their irresistible sense of humor is challenged by their aging bodies and other difficulties of senior age.
After the successful screenings in Salt Lake City, the Czech That Film festival cannot miss out the City of Roses – Portland! Enjoy the fantastic display of the best current Czech cinema from May 8 till May 11. The Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles, in partnership with the Northwest Film Center, cordially invites all film fans to the festival venue the Whitsell Auditorium in the Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205).
Do not miss the opening of the festival, which will be launched by Andrea Sedláčková’s drama “Fair Play” on Friday, May 8 at 7 p.m. The director will personally introduce the delicate story of a young athlete included into the secret state-controlled doping program. Do not forget to join us at the reception after the screening, which will be attended by H.E. Czech Ambassador Petr Gandalovič and former Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg.
The festival in Portland will be accompanied by another Andrea’s piece “Václav Havel – A Life In Freedom”! The unique screening, introduced by Ms. Sedláčková personally, will take place on Saturday, May 9 at 4:30 p.m. The 70-minutes documentary will allow you to discover the world of Václav Havel’s personal life.
The successful directorial debut of popular Czech actor Jiří Mádl “To See The Sea” (“Pojedeme k moři”) is to follow on Saturday, May 9 at 7 p.m.
On Sunday, May 10 there are two screenings planned: “Clownwise” (“Klauni”) and “Icing” (“Zakázané uvolnění”). Come at 4:30 p.m. and enjoy established actors Jiří Lábus, Oldřich Kaiser and Didier Flamand in leading roles.
The bittersweet comedy “Icing” (”Zakázané uvolnění”) based on a theatre play, describes a wedding, bar and ice-hockey championship. To see what a mess these things can cause, come and watch Jan Hřebejk’s feature on Sunday, at 7 p.m.
Thrilling story “Krásno” will end the festival on Monday, May 11 at 7 p.m. Talented Ondřej Sokol, directed an amazing piece full of his own childhood memories, and starred in one of the leading roles as well.
Tickets are available at the box office or online at nwfilm.org.
After successful screenings in several West-Coast cities (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Denver and Portland), the Czech director Andrea Sedláčková presents her latest feature "Fair Play" in New York, Washington D.C. and Cleveland in upcoming days. Called "a gripping tale of grace under pressure" by The Hollywood Reporter, this movie explores just how far government would go to pursue Olympic medals. Enjoy “Fair Play”, a film nominated for 15 Czech Lions, and meet its director in person during Q&A session after screenings in all three cities.
On Tuesday, May 12 at 7 pm, Ms. Sedláčková will complement the screening with discussion at the Bohemian National Hall in New York. Andrea’s next stop will be Washington D.C., where “Fair Play” will be presented on May 13 at 8 pm at the Avalon Theatre. Further, Ms. Andrea Sedláčková will travel to Cleveland to attend double screenings on May 15 at 6:45 pm and a day later for an afternoon showing on May 16 at 1:50 pm. Both screenings will take place at the Sokol Greater Cleveland’s Czech Cultural Center.
Andrea Sedláčková studied screenwriting at the Film and Television Academy in Prague (FAMU) before emigrating to France in 1989, where she studied editing and directing at FEMIS film academy in Paris. She made several documentaries and TV films for Czech TV. In 2000, she wrote and directed her feature debut Victims and Murderers (2000). In France, she worked as an editor on a number of feature films, including the Oscar-nominated drama Joyeux Noël. She also recently completed the documentary Life According to Václav Havel, which has been nominated for a Czech Lion for Best Documentary. Among many other achievements, “Fair Play” was selected to represent the Czech Republic in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 87th Academy Awards.
Czech That Film is coming back to Salt Lake City and Denver! After a year of waiting, we are delighted to present the touring display of the best current Czech features in the Mountain West!
At its fourth stop of the 2015 in Salt Lake City, the festival will present five movies starting on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 and in Denver from Thursday, May 7 till Sunday, May 10, 2015. In Salt Lake City, the festival is being held at the Broadway Centre Cinemas (111 E Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT 84111), and in Denver, the fest takes place at the Sie Film Center Center (2510 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206).
Kicking off the festival in both destinations will be Andrea Sedláčková and her latest piece “Fair Play”. The movie was selected to represent the Czech Republic at the 87th Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The great experience of the film will be underlined by a Q&A session with Ms. Sedláčková personally!
The moviegoers can further experience such film hits as “Clownwise” (“Klauni”), “Krásno”, “Icing” (“Zakázané uvolnění”) and “To See the Sea” (“Pojedeme k moři” - in Denver only). The films represent a colorful spectrum of pieces made by the young Czech talent. Do not miss this presentation of the best current Czech movies in the USA! English subtitles included!
Although there is only one last screening ahead of us, Los Angeles was just the first stop of this year’s touring display. Yet, there is still a chance to say goodbye to the festival on Tuesday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m. Come and enjoy the bittersweet and not that typical comedy “Icing” (“Zakázané uvolnění”, 2014). Jan Hřebejk’s last feature tells an unusual story of one wedding, a remote village bar and an ice hockey match. The film, based on the theatre play by Petr Kolečko, is for sure a great farewell to the festival in Los Angeles. As the end in closer, we are definitely starting to look forward to kick off in 2016 again!
However, the festival is still not over! After Los Angeles, the festival successfully kicked off in San Francisco. Yet much more stops are still waiting! We are truly glad that the festival has found during its 4 years a lot of fans and can continue across the US. As the next stop of the touring display, there are waiting three screening throughout April in Phoenix. Afterwards, the festival will continue during the whole May and June in cities such as Salt Lake City, Denver, Portland, Washington, Cleveland, Houston, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Chicago, Little Rock, New York City, Minneapolis, Cedar Rapids and Seattle.
All the Czech That Film fans are cordially invited to join our festival in Phoenix! We can not wait to take off our festival on its third stop this April. Throughout the whole month, you can catch screenings of three successful Czech features of 2014, including “To See the Sea” (“Pojedeme k moři”), “Fair Play” (“Fair Play”) and “Icing” (“Zakázané uvolněni”). The screenings will take place in Film Bar (815 n. 2th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004) and all of them will include English subtitles!
The festival will be launched on Saturday, April 11 at 3 p.m. You can enjoy a directorial debut of famous Czech actor Jiří Mádl “To See The Sea” (“Pojedeme k moři”), which has been a delightful surprise for all filmgoers and film critics. In the original story of 11-year-old Tomáš (Petr Šimčák), whose biggest dream is to become a well-known film director, we can see the perfect combination of two worlds: kids and adults.
The next part of the festival is a controversial “Fair Play” (“Fair Play”) on Saturday, April 18 at 3 p.m. A young athlete Anna (Judit Bárdos) gets stuck into a moral dilemma: whether to join the state-controlled doping program or try to play fair. The story is accompanied by psychical pressure of Anna’s mother (Anna Geislerová) and her trainer (Roman Luknár), whose acting is just stunning. The film was selected to represent the Czech Republic in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 87th Academy Awards!
As the last screening, Jan Hřebejk’s “Icing” (“Zakázané uvolnění”) will be presented on Saturday, April 25 at 3 p.m. Come and enjoy not that typical comedy, based on the successful theatre play by Petr Kolečko, describing a story of one wedding, a remote village bar and ice-hockey championship.
Tickets are available at thefilmbarphx.com.
After a long year of waiting, Czech That Film 2015 finally kicked off its fourth year in Los Angeles! On Friday, March 27, we were honored to welcome at the Norris Cinema Theatre another great number of current Czech cinema fans.
Once The Consul General of the Czech Republic Michal Sedláček cordially welcomed all the guests, Mr. Alex Ago of the USC was our host throughout the evening. This year of the festival was launched by a successful piece of 2014 – a controversial drama “Fair Play”. Its director Andrea Sedláčková, who was personally introduced as a significant part of the festival, said a few words about the movie and gladly answered every curious question of the attendees during the Q&A session that followed the screening. Amazing atmosphere of the opening night was concluded by a pleasant reception where delicious Czech beer was offered.
Hopefully this experience will stay in your minds at least for another year and you will not miss Czech That Film 2016! The festival continues in Los Angeles till Monday, March 31. For those who were have not been able to make in LA, there is still a chance! You can catch this amazing display of Czech cinema at other stops of the festival: San Francisco, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Denver, Portland, New York City, Washington D.C., Cleveland, Houston, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Chicago, Little Rock, Minneapolis, Cedar Rapids or Seattle.
Andrea Sedláčková, the director of controversial drama “Fair Play” (2014), is currently in California to personally present her movie during touring of the 2015 Czech That Film festival. She will attend screening in Los Angeles and San Francisco this weekend.
The story of “Fair Play” captures personal drama of a young athlete Anna (Judit Bárdos) alongside with moral dilemma. The movie transmits us to Czechoslovakia of the 80’s and uncovers a topic of state-controlled doping, considered more or less as a public secret. Among many other achievements, “Fair Play” was selected by the to represent the Czech Republic in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 87th Academy Awards.
We are truly honored that as a part of the Opening Night of the Czech That Film festival in Los Angeles, Andrea Sedláčková will present “Fair Play” on March 27 at 7:00 p.m. at the USC Norris Cinema Theatre (3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007).
Andrea’s next stop will be San Francisco, where “Fair Play” will be presented on Saturday, March 28 at 5:00 p.m. at the Roxie Theatre (3117 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103).
Both of these special screenings will be followed by the Q&A sessions with the director.
Andrea Sedláčková, who studied screenwriting and dramaturgy at Prague’s Film Academy (1986-89) and editing and directing at prestigious La Fémis in Paris (1990-93), belongs to the most established and successful Czech directors and screenwriters. Her directing work features a wide range of film genres such as documentaries (“Life According to Václav Havel”, 2014; “What Did You Do in November”, 1994), TV series (“Bachelors”, 1997) and features (“Fair Play”, 2014; “Victims and Murderers”, 2000). As an editor, Andrea was nominated for the César Award for her work on the French movie “Welcome”(2009).
The annual celebration of the Czech cinema, the Czech That Film festival 2015, has stood for the largest presentation of Czech culture in the United States this year. The festival has become an irreplaceable part of cultural life for international film enthusiasts in its destinations, consisting not only of Czech compatriots but of many Americans appreciating a good work of art. The main aim of the festival has always been to introduce the Czech cinema to American audience and its raising attendance throughout the four years of festival’s existence is underlining interest in quality moviemaking.
We would like to thank to all of you who attended screening in 18 American cities, supported the festival during past four months and helped to make the Czech That Film 2015 such a success.
Special thanks belong to all three guest of the festival: Andrea Sedláčková, Eva Jeníčková and Jiří Mádl, who made the festival, such a wonderful experience for everyone.
Czech That Film team would also like to thank the invaluable contributions of all partners involved, without which the festival would not have been possible.
Festival was jointly organized by the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles and Czech Center in NYC with local contribution of the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago, Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington D.C. and Honorary Consulates.
ELMA (European Language and Movies in America), Prague Studios, Milk & Honey Films, Czech Tourism and The Czechoslovak Society of Arts & Science – Los Angeles. The series was locally supported by organization BayCzech, BayCzech Pro, Czech Tech in San Francisco. Oregon Cultural Trust & Multnomah Country Cultural Coalition, Eyelevel Company and Czech School in Portland financed screening in Portland and Czech School in Dallas provided financial aid for screening in Texas.
The next Czech That Film Festival will be held in spring of 2016
I am honored to invite you to the Czech That Film Festival, a colorful display of my homeland’s modern achievements in film. Although directors like Miloš Forman, Ivan Passer, and Jiří Menzel became household names in the United States long time ago, unbeknownst to most, however, are the young Czech artistic leaders in existence today. This year’s films are exceptional. While their flavoring remains uniquely Czech, these movies will speak to everyone, young and old, American or Czech.
The Consulate General of the Czech Republic in LA and the Czech Centers in Prague in collaboration with many local partners in 20 different cities across the United States and Canada proudly present an international roster of established and emerging directors, including award-winning presenters.
The festival is committed to exhibiting films that not only expose participants to Czech culture, but also enlighten audiences, bring people together, and present inspired entertainment for all. Partnering with the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and other cultural organizations in the United States, we especially strive to bring cultural awareness to students and a younger audience.
Besides Los Angeles, the tour will reach 18 major American cities. At each location, screenings will be complemented by special events, such as opening and closing receptions and Q&A sessions with well-established Czech directors. The program will include these special sessions with Andrea Sedláčková, well-known director of Fair Play, Jiří Mádl, popular Czech actor and director of To See the Sea, and Eva Jeníčková, leading actress from Clownwise. The program as a whole will feature a diverse assortment of the newest and greatest Czech films, a must-see for any enthusiast of international cinema.
On behalf of the Czech Consulate of Los Angeles, I encourage you to explore Czech cinema and partake in a festival dedicated to spreading cultural appreciation.