At this year's Írán:ci Film Festival, happening throughout the Czech Republic and Slovakia until January 31st, I was fortunate enough to meet Farsi Cinema Center founder Amir Endalah and project coordinator Marisa Sittheeamorn to discuss their INCREDIBLE work with the non-profit non-partisan platform, dubbed FCC, and how they bring Farsi film industries with Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan together with the rest of the world.
The Iranian Film Festival is upon us once again and has fast become one of the Czech Republic's best new film festivals. From recent award-winning features like Bani Khoshnoudi's immigrant tale Fireflies to classics like Asghar Farhadi's Fireworks Wednesday, the festival boasts a diverse programme able to cater the likes of anyone.
This month, to celebrate Film Europe's Scandi Film Festival, we'll be screening four Nordic titles with both Czech AND English subtitles at my weekly film night Movie Barf Monday in Edison Filmhub! From erotic drama and laugh-out-loud comedy to toxic relationships and a powerful documentary on body shaming - we've got your January sorted! Get your tickets!
Ladj Ly's debut feature film Les Misérables is less musical than its name suggests... It's a tense little gang thriller set in the modern-day Montfermeil district of Paris, where Victor Hugo's classic novel 'Les Misérables' was written, whose explosive third act feels wholly original and timely.
This year, the Prague French Film Festival boasts a number of titles with both Czech AND English subtitles. From competition films like Cannes hit comedy On a Magical Night to Ladj Ly's visceral Parisian gang thriller Les Misérables, and a retrospective on French auteur Henri-Georges Clouzot. Prague based cinemas Kino Lucerna, Kino Svetozor, Kino 35 and Edison Filmhub will host the festival from November 20th - 27th.
New Czech LGBT film distributor Queer Kino will bring Xavier Dolan's new film Matthias & Maxime to Czech cinemas this Thursday the 14th of November after a sold-out premiere at Prague's Mezipatra Queer Film Festival this week.
This year, Czech Republic's queer film festival Mezipatra will celebrate its 20th anniversary from November 7th - 14th with a wonderfully diverse programme carefully selected in line with this year's theme 'Winds of Change' - a focus on the persistence and drive one must have to bring continuous change to a world that is still far from perfect. Check out this year's festival trailer by Jay Walker.