The Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles and the ELMA Foundation are delighted to announce the lineup selected for its eleventh annual Czech That Film series, designed to celebrate contemporary films from the Czech Republic.
The opening night will take place in partnership with the Lycée Français de Los Angeles on Friday, May 13, 2022 at the Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz. The red carpet event will launch at 7:00 pm with a reception offering Czech inspired cuisine, followed by the enchanting puppet style animation EVEN MICE BELONG IN HEAVEN (2021, 80 minutes, Dir Denisa Grimmová and Jan Bubeníček) at 8:00 pm. Nominated for the European Film Award, this exceptional visual delight will be presented in English.
“Czechs are considered pioneers in film with over 100 years of rich animation tradition. With our opening film selection that is suitable the entire family, we are paying tribute to this craftsmanship and proving that we master animation to the present day” - said Aneta Campbell, Festival Coordinator.
“The Czech Republic will take over the Presidency of the European Union from France in the second half of 2022. For this reason, Czech That Film series is opening with Czech-French co-production. Also, to honor cooperation of these two countries and our upcoming Presidency, we partnered with the Lycée Français de Los Angeles” - explains Amb. Jaroslav Olša, Jr., Consul General.
After the opening celebration, the festival will move to the virtual domain until May 22, in cooperation with the Artinii Film Festival Platform. This “Czech-based technology provider offers a unique hybrid festival solution that provides a smooth transition between offline and online events, -“continues Consul General.
This 11 th edition offers a colorful palette of contemporary Czech films of various formats and genres. The selection is so diverse that everyone can find a movie of their liking. The lineup includes a dark comedy thriller OCCUPATION by Michal Nohejl that dominated Czech Film Critics’ and Czech Lions Awards this year. We are further highlighting an intimate document DREAMS ABOUT STRAY CATS about the celebrated illustrator Petr Sís, directed by his own brother David Sís. For those in the mood for a light comedy, check out the DIARY OF A MODERN DAD, starring popular Czech actors Jiří Mádl and Tereza Ramba. The selection also includes a romantic drama TWO SHIPS or the latest feature by recognized director Olmo Omerzu, BIRD ATLAS.
Czech That Film also features several Czech animated shorts with an international appeal – such as Diana Cam Van Nguyen’s LOVE, DAD which won prizes at AFI Fest, Toronto IFF or BFI London last year, RED SHOES by Anna Podskalská, which premiered in Cannes’ Cinéfondation, or the short RAVEN, directed by rising star Eva Doležalová. In total, the showcase includes 17 titles - 6 feature films, 3 documentaries, and 8 shorts. All films are with English subtitles. You can browse the program here.
The festival is organized by the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Czech Centers, and co-produced by the ELMA Foundation. This year, the festival partnered with the Lycée Français de Los Angeles and the Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz. The series is supported by the Society of Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles (SVU), Artinii, Finále Plzeň Film Festival, and Animation is Film Festival.
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Celebrating its 10th edition this year, Czech That Film traveling series unveils an exciting lineup of epic proportions – featuring 16 films of diverse genres, virtually reaching the whole North America.
The Grand Opening of the 10th festival of contemporary Czech films will take place in partnership with ELMA Foundation on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at 7:00 PM at the the Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica, featuring “Havel”, a vibrant biodramedy about Václav Havel, the prominent Czech playwright, human rights activist turned the first president of Czechoslovakia after the fall of Communism.
A red carpet event, with an in-your-car reception hosted by Amb. Jaroslav Olša, Jr., Consul General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles, will also offer Czech inspired cuisine.
After its official drive-in opening celebration in Santa Monica, the festival will move to the virtual domain from April 23 until May 2, in cooperation with the Artinii Film Festival Platform.
The 10th anniversary feast of films is jam-packed with a broad assortment of films released in 2019-2020, ranging from Emmy winning TV show “Marty is Dead”, Academy Award nominated and Sundance winner animated short “Daughter”, to Oscar shortlisted “Charlatan” directed by legendary Prague-educated Polish director Agnieszka Holland. Film enthusiasts will have the opportunity to enjoy altogether five feature films, two TV series, four documentaries, one music video and four animated shorts. All films are with English subtitles.
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The annual Czech film festival titled “Czech That Film” has been established in 2012. Currently, it is the largest Czech cultural event in the United States. It is a film festival of best recent Czech films held throughout the United States every year, with a range of screenings and discussion with cast and crew. The 11th edition of the Czech That Film will take place ONLINE from May 13 to May 22, 2022 and through several live screenings in the USA. Read more
The event was established to accommodate increased interest in Czech cinema and culture in the United States and is dedicated to raising profile of current Czech films at an international level. It provides an opportunity for American enthusiasts of global cinema to experience successful new Czech films. Members of American Film Academy and Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and other significant representatives of the film business are regularly among the growing audience each year. Prominent local community leaders, journalists, American businessmen, representatives of the diplomatic corps, members of Czech and Slovak communities, students, and university faculty members were also in attendance in previous years.
Special events traditionally complement the festival in each city, such as opening and closing night receptions and Q&A sessions with well-established Czech directors. In previous editions, attendees had an opportunity to personally meet for example the Oscar-winning director Jiří Menzel, the well-known Czech director Jan Hřebejk, nominated with his feature “Divided We Fall” for the Oscar Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2000, and director David Ondříček, who was listed by Variety magazine as one of the Top 10 Directors to Watch. In addition, contemporary directors Andrea Sedláčková (“Fair Play”), Jiří Mádl (“To See The Sea”), and recipients of the Czech Lion Awards for Best Films Radim Špaček (“Walking Too Fast”), and Zdeněk Jiráský (“Flower Buds”) were also among official guests of the festival.end
Czech That Film is a non–profit program designed to expose Czech cinema to an international audience. Sponsoring the film festival not only helps support a unique cultural event in the United States, but also provides an opportunity to effectively advertise to a large audience. All sponsors are included in festival promotional materials, brochures, programs and on the official website. Current sponsors include major international brands including Milk and Honey Pictures, Prague Studios or Slivovice Jelínek.
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