Films 2018

BAREFOOT | Po strništi bos                         CZ / SK / DK 2017 | Drama/Comedy | 111 min

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                     

 

Czech Box Office 

FESTIVALS: Dubai IFF, Palm Springs IFF

AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

Even in difficult times of war, it may be harder to show courage to your own family. The Oscar winning duo behind the 1997 winner 'Kolya', father and son Zdeněk and Jan Svěrák have made yet another nostalgic return to their characters from their previous Oscar nominated hit movie of 1991, The Elementary School. 

 

Based on Zdenek’s autobiographical novel, and directed, written and produced by Jan, Barefoot describes the wonder of growing up through the eyes of an alert 8-year-old boy whose city family has been forced into rural exile during World War II. Quickly adapting to country life, Eda (luminously played by bright-eyed newcomer Alois Grec) transforms from a precious Prague city boy to a country lad complete with a new set of larrikin pals.

 

With time, unexpected family secrets begin to reveal themselves that little Eda will have to deal with.

 

SHORT FILM Wedding Day / Veselka CZ | 2017 | Animation 3:13 min

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WED  16 MAY  6:30 PM

DIRECTOR            Jan Svěrák                      

LANGUAGE          Czech

                               English subtitles

AGE                       No restriction

CAST                     Tereza Voříšková                                             

                               Alois Grec

                               Ondřej Vetchý

                               Jan Tříska

                               Oldřich Kaiser

                               Viera Pavlíková

                               Zuzana Stivínová

 

ANTHROPOID | Anthropoid                                         CZ / UK/ FR  2016 | Thriller/War | 120 min

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                         

 

 

 

 

 

FESTIVALS: Karlovy Vary IFF, London BFI, Athens IFF 

                                                                             

A mission that changed the face of Europe forever. Sean Ellis’ gripping war epic is based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the World War II mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich.

 

It’s a historical thriller about the efforts of a handful of Czechs to kill the murderous Nazi overlord of their country.

 

The Reich's 3rd in command after Hitler and Himmler, Heydrich was the main architect of the Final Solution and the leader of occupying Nazi forces in Bohemia and Moravia Protectorate. His reign of terror prompted self-exiled Czech and Slovak soldiers (played by Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan) to hatch one of the most daring WWII top-secret missions.

 

Ellis mulled over the idea for a movie adaptation of this top-secret operation for 15 years, during which time he sifted through masses of available material. He knew he wanted to gain insight into the way soldiers Jozef Gabčík and Jan Kubiš felt vis-à-vis an act whose consequences for themselves would most certainly be fatal.

SHORT FILM Mimi & Lisa / Mimi a Líza SK | 2016 | Animation 1:38 min

THU 17 MAY  6:30 PM

DIRECTOR              Sean Ellis                                                      LANGUAGE            Czech/English/German

                                 English/Czech subtitles

AGE                         15+ or accompanied by an adult

CAST                       Cillian Murphy                                              

                                 Jamie Dornan 

                                 Charlotte Le Bon

                                 Toby Jones

                                 Anna Geislerová

 

ALL OR NOTHING | Všetko alebo nič                    SK / CZ / PL  2017| Comedy | 107 min 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Box Office Hit

Are you single and looking for the right person? Finding one is never easy.... 

 

A witty take on a well-oiled life of 3 single friends whose world is unexpectedly turned upside down. Linda is a 30-year-old single mum. Vanda is a 30-year-old independent, free spirited beauty. Edo is an introverted, shy and sensitive gay. They all run a small bookshop together and share their ups and downs. Their single lifestyle is shaken up when three gentlemen appear.

 

Linda meets a charismatic developer, Vanda is charmed by a university professor and Edo is picked up by a vegetarian hipster.  But is their romance going to last?

  

SHORT FILM 39 Weeks, 6 days / 39 Weeks, 6 days SK | 2017 | Animation 7:50 min

FRI 18 MAY  6:30 PM

DIRECTOR              Marta Ferencová                      

LANGUAGE            Slovak

                                 English subtitles

AGE                         15+ or accompanied by an adult

 

CAST                      Táňa Pauhofová                                                                                       Klára Issová

                                Michal Žebrovski

                                Pawel Delag

                                Ondřej Sokol

                                Petr Vaněk

 

OUT | Out                                                                 SK / HU / CZ / LV / EE  2017 | Drama/Comedy | 88 min

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FESTIVALS: Cannes, Thessaloniki IFF, Copenhagen,

Zurich, Cleveland IFF, Trieste

AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

“When one door closes, another opens“.

 

That´s what 50-year-old Ágoston thought when he got sacked from his lifelong job at a power plant of a small Slovak village. Leaving behind his family he sets off north to the Baltics, to Latvia where he wants to find his dream job as a welder in a shipyard and to catch a big sea fish.

 

Instead of warm welcome, Ágoston is faced with another ‘gritty‘ reality altogether. His journey pulls him deeper and deeper into a swell of strange encounters and absurd events.

  

SHORT FILM The Truck / Kamion CZ | 2017 | Fiction 9:00 min

FRI  18 MAY  9:00 PM

DIRECTOR                Győrgy Kristóf                                              LANGUAGE              Slovak/Hungarian/Polish/Latvian/Russian

                                   English subtitles

AGE                           15+ or accompanied by an adult

 

CAST                         Sándor Terhes     

                                   Eva Bandor

                                   Judit Bárdos

                                   Guna Zarina

                                   Victor Nemets

                                   Attila Bocsárszky

 

ODDSOCKEATERS | Lichožrouti        CZ/SK/HR 2016

                                                                                                             Animation/Adventure/Fantasy/Family|83 min

 

 

 

 

 

FESTIVALS: Karlovy Vary IFF, Anima Mundi AFF, Lisbon Animation FF,

Bucheon International FFI   

Film Awards:  2 Czech Lions for Best sound & Best Stage Design              

AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

 

What´s happening with your socks when they’re getting laundered? Find out the ugly truth.

 

Have you ever wondered why there is always one sock left from a pair after doing a laundry?

 

“Never take the whole pair!” is the mantra of the Oddsockeaters, the creatures responsible for our socks just disappearing into thin air,

leaving us with a pile of odd ones.

 

Based on the bestselling book series, this animated-cum-gangster movie set in modern day Prague draws on the tradition of Czech

films for children and adults alike.

 

This truly delightful feature is a must see for children and the young at heart. 

 

SHORT FILM The House / Domek  CZ | 2016 | 5 min 

 

Happy Go Ducky are proud sponsors of this screening - 3 lucky children will each receive a beautiful handmade toy

 

SAT  19 MAY  1:30 PM

DIRECTOR                     Galina Miklínová                                         LANGUAGE                   English

AGE                                No restriction   

CAST                             Kryštof Hádek                                                                                              Jan Maxián

                                       David Novotný

                                       Ondřej Trojan

                                       Tatiana Vilehlmová

 

LARKS ON A STRING | Skřivánci na niti                    CZECHOSLOVAKIA  1969/1990 

                                                                                                                                     Comedy/Drama | 90 min                                                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

 

                   

Film Awards: Berlin IFF Golden Bear Winner 1990, Pilsen FF Winner

FESTIVALS: Berlin IFF 1990, Locarno FF 1990, Pilsen FF 1990

                             

A cinematographic gem that had been banned from screening for 20 years. Winner of the 1990 Berlin International Film Festival.

 

A comedy drama based on the novel by the acclaimed author Bohumil Hrabal is set in the repressive 1950s, a period when many Czechoslovaks were politically persecuted by the Communist dictatorship.

 

The plot evolves around various outcasts – intellectuals, religious people and other dissidents that opposed the regime. They are all forced to work in a junkyard in order to be ‘re-educated’. Included in this group of odd characters are female prisoners who are forced to work in the yard as part of their one-year sentence for trying to defect from the country.

 

However miserable the place is, the characters try to maintain their dignity and never give up on love and life.

 

SHORT FILM Strawberry Days /Jahodové dni  SK | 2016 | Animation 14 min

SAT 19 MAY  4:00 PM

DIRECTOR                   Jiří Menzel                                                    LANGUAGE                 Czech

AGE                              15+ or accompanied by an adult

                                      English Subtitles

CAST                            Rudolf Hrušínský      

                                      Václav Neckář

                                      Jitka Zelenohorská

                                      Vlastimil Brodský

                                      Naďa Urbánková

                                      Jaroslav Satoranský 

                                      Jiřina Štěpničková

 

PRESIDENT BLANIK | Prezident Blaník                           Czech Republic  2018  

                                                                                                                                      Comedy/Satire | 95 min

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

One presidential candidate‘s vision of how to save country from itself – sell it! 

 

President Blanik is a political parody based on the popular satirical web series Office Blanik / Kancelář Blaník.

 

The film is about lobbyist Tonda Blaník's candidacy in the 2018 presidential election mirroring to an extent the real events in recent elections. Tonda discovers that based on one interpretation of the constitution, he would be able to sell the Czech Republic if he were President. He decides to sell the country to China and announces his candidacy for the 2018 presidential

elections.

 

He promises voters corruption available to everybody and lithium for every family.  But being a ‘true’ politician what he promises it’s not always what will happen.

SHORT FILM The Little One / Malá CZ | 2017 | Animation 10 min

SAT  19 MAY  7:00 PM

DIRECTOR                    Marek Najbrt                                                 LANGUAGE                  Czech

                                       English Subtitles

AGE                               15+ or accompanied by an adult

CAST                             Tomáš Sedláček    

                                       Marek Daniel

                                       Michal Dalecký

                                       Halka Třešňáková

                                      Jakub Železný

                                      Jan Potměšil

 

FORGET MOZART | Zabudnite na Mozarta          SLOVAKIA | GERMANY  1985 

                                                                                                                                     Drama/Mystery/Suspense | 95 Min

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                           

 

 

                                                  

FESTIVALS: Chicago IFF 1985, Venice FF 1985 

AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

 

An intriguing mystery of the great composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart death. Forman’s Amadeus only speculated on the probable causes of the spiritual and actual death of the 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The Slovak-German Forget Mozart,  goes several steps further.

 

When Mozart (Max Tidorf) is found dead at the age of 35 in the dead of night, Austrian police investigator Count Pergen (Armin Mueller-Stahl)) is the man expected to get to the bottom of the musical genius' demise. Unsure exactly how the composer met his end and contemplating foul Play as a possibility, Pergen gathers Mozart's wife and several people who knew him intimately. His questioning of each reveals titbits from the great man's past.

 

As events unfold however, it is clear that "guilt" is a relative term and the conclusion of his investigation is at once definitive and opaque.

 

SHORT FILM  Night in a Hotel: Room No. 306 / Noc v hoteli SK | 2014 | Fiction 7 min

SUN 20 MAY  1:30 PM

DIRECTOR                   Miloslav Luther                                             LANGUAGE                 Slovak/German

                                      English Subtitles

AGE                              15+ or accompanied by an adult

CAST                            Andrej Hryc                                                 

                                      Max Tidorf

                                      Armin Mueller-Stahl

                                      Delia Catarina Raacke

                                      Ladislav Chudík

                                      Wolfgang Preiss

 

OKHWAN’S MISSION IMPOSSIBLE | Okhwan, na cestě za slobodou

                                                                                   SLOVAKIA | UK  2016 | Documentary/Adventure/Sport | 71 min                                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

This 2016 documentary tells the Don Quijote-like story of Okhwan Yoon, a law graduate and a successful businessman, a dreamer who gave up his career and set off on a bike trip around the world with one simple purpose - to draw attention to the absurd division of his homeland into South and North Korea.

 

His entire life in one small backpack, Okhwan spent more than 10 years on his bicycle, crossed 192 countries and clocked 10,000 kilometres.

 

Director Marek Mackovič project became famous even before the documentary was finished. The shots he made with Okhwan in July 2010 in Nepal were used by directors Kevin Macdonald (awarded with an Oscar) and Loressa Clisby in their project Life in a Day, streamed during the prestigious 2011 Sundance festival. 

 

SHORT FILM  Awaker / Prebúdzač  CZ | 2017 | Animation 9:30 min 

SUN 20 MAY  4:00 PM

DIRECTOR               Marek Mackovič                                               LANGUAGE             English/Slovak

                                  English Subtitles

AGE                          15+ or accompanied by an adult

CAST                        Okhwan Soon                                                                     

 

BACKSTAGE / Backstage                                                     SLOVAKIA/CZECH REPUBLIC  2018 

                                                                                                                                      Drama/Music/Dance | 90 min       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

               

                                                                                       

FESTIVALS:  Zlin IFF  

INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

LIVE YOUR LIFE!

Hip hop, street dance and urban culture mashup...feel the rhythm of backstage!

 

A thrilling dance movie full of energy, dance, passion and music. Film about young people for young people.

 

A talented dance group from a small Slovak town strives for a breakthrough in showbusiness.  But once they enter this crazy world and take part in a TV dance competition, their friendship, loves and outlook on life are changed.

 

Backstage is a contemporary story about passion for dance, the power of friendship, dreaming big and the sacrifices you have to make to achieveyour goals. 

 

 

SHORT FILM Tots / Drobci  SK  | 2016 | Animation 8:00 min

Q&A WITH FILM PRODUCER SILVIA PANÁKOVÁ

Following the screening of the Backstage

SUN 20 MAY  7:00 PM

DIRECTOR                  Andrea Sedláčková                                       LANGUAGE                Slovak/Czech

                                     English Subtitles

AGE                             15+ or accompanied by an adult

CAST                            Ben Cristovao                                                                                             Mária Havranová

                                      Tony Porucha

                                      The Pastels

                                      Ondrej Hraška

                                      Judit Bárdos

                                      Roman Luknár

 

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