Czechoslovak actor and director Juraj Herz passed away this week at the age of 83. He is responsible for some of the country's most popular cult classic films including Cremator and Beauty and the Beast.
The Prague International Film Festival aka Febiofest will celebrate a landmark 25 years this year with a class selection of new films, as well as some golden oldies. In addition to the festival's epic programme, there will also be workshops, masterclasses and a host of other noteworthy events. Tickets and passes are now on sale.
'Think like a Czech, speak like a Czech and act like a Czech' are just some of the phrases one might think of when watching Bo Hai, the new short film by emerging young Czech-Vietnamese filmmaker Dužan Duong.
Recently I had the pleasure of meeting the extraordinarily talented Czech actress and self-proclaimed 'little weirdo' Petra Bučková to discuss her diverse national and now international acting career, playing Czech film legend Pavel Juráček, speaking Shakespeare's Bard, working with Orlando Bloom, and that element of crazy that's missing from modern female characters.
The 13th annual Prague Shorts will take place from the 17th - 21st of January in Kino Svetozor and Kino Pilotu. For the first time, include a Czech short film competition.
Prague's Kino Lucerna is one of the most beautiful and historical cinema complexes in the Czech Republic, and also the world.
I was lucky enough recently to have a little chat to British actor Julian Sands, who's currently in the Czech Republic shooting new film The Painted Bird. Directed by Václav Marhoul and also starring Harvey Keitel, the film is based on the controversial novel by Jerzy Kosiński which portrays World War II through the eyes of a young Jewish boy.