Year of the Devil is a 2002 Czech “Mockumentary” film directed by Petr Zelenka. It stars musicians who act as themselves: Czech folk music band Čechomor, musicians and poets Jaromír Nohavica, Karel Plihal and British/NZ musician and composer Jaz Coleman.It was awarded the Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and won the Findling Award and the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cottbus Film Festival of Young East European Cinema in 2002. In 2003 it won 6 Czech Lions, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Editing, and was nominated for 5 more, including Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography. In the same year it won the Prize Trieste at the Trieste Film Festival.
Dedicated home care nurse Vlasta attends her whimsical patients in her Southern Moravia country region. But when she learns that she is ill and needs help herself she has to reach for it outside of her comfort zone.The film was selected as the Czech entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards but it was not nominated.
Prague 1983. The eighteen-year-old sprinter Anna, a top athlete, is placed on the Programme of “Specialized Care”. She only finds out that she is being doped after some months, by accident. Anna refuses the doping, but her mother Irena decides to keep her daughter on doping without her knowledge in order to allow her the chance to run in the Olympic Games and emigrate.
The main character of the story is a ten-year-old boy named Thomas who receives a video camera for his birthday and decides to shoot a movie just like the famous director Miloš Forman. Therefore, he becomes the narrator, cameraman and director of a deeply human story, thanks to which we get to know his family, mommy, daddy, grandma, school, friends…
The Central Asian Przewalski’s Horse is the very last surviving wild horse species. The world learned of its existence only in 1881 – but less than a hundred years later it had already been driven to extinction in the wild, surviving only in the care of zoological gardens.Extraordinary credit for the preservation of the Przewalski’s horse goes to Prague Zoo, which in 1959 was charged with managing the international studbook for the species and which has bred over two hundred foals. Under the leadership of the late Prof. Veselovský, a former director of Prague Zoo, the Czech Republic became one of the leading organizers of international transports of Przewalski’s horses back to their original homeland.
A documentary about Karel Zeman, a magician of the big screen. Without digital effects he brought audiences around the world back to prehistory, forward to the Moon and deep under the Sea. 'Why do I make movies? I'm looking for terra incognita, a land on which no filmmaker has yet set foot, a planet where no director has planted his flag of conquest, a world that exists only in fairy tales.'
Beautifully done Czechoslovak/East German co-produced version of the classical fairy-tale, unusually set in winter.A young woman is put upon by her stepmother and stepsister. The film employs a twist, though, when a handsome prince comes knocking. Cinderella does not simply fall into the prince's arms. In this version, he must actively pursue the young woman who is a skilled sharpshooter prone to wearing hunting outfits. Cinderella also has three wishes at her disposal, gained from three magic nuts.
Welcome to the official website of the 1st Czech Film Festival in Queenstown, to be held on the week of 10-16th October 2016 in the legendary Dorothy Browns Cinema in Arrowtown.
The Czech cinematography industry has always been well recognised and respected in the film world and some internationally renowned movies, actors and directors have originated in the Czech Republic, or earlier Czechoslovakia.
Over the last decade the Wakatipu area has become an attractive hub for many Czechs and despite of the fact that there is not (yet!) a well-defined Czech-Slovakian Queenstown community, there are many Czech/Slovak expats living, working, studying, long-term holidaying or just visiting the region.
Not only for these people, but also for their children to keep in touch with their parents’ homeland, as well as for New Zealand friends and partners, who are interested in getting to know a little bit more about the Czech culture, history and lifestyle, the idea to organize a film festival became rather burning.
After some months of shaping the concept, selecting the right movies so they represent the country well and can be understood here in New Zealand, and with the priceless support of our dear sponsors, I am very proud to be able to invite you to a week where you can...
Czech it all out!
I hope that both my fellow citizens here as well as the born & bred Wakatipians will make most of the movies.
Let’s make the festival a successful annual event so everyone can taste a little bit of the Middle European cinema art.
Here is to the 1st Czech Film Festival in Queenstown, see you all there!
Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic in Queenstown