Recently, I had the privilege of visiting the set of one of the most exciting film projects shooting in the Czech Republic in recent years, WWII thriller The Painted Bird, based on the controversial WWII novel by Polish author and Jerzy Kosiński, and starring Harvey Keitel, Stellan Skarsgard, Julian Sands and the young Petr Kotlar as the Jewish boy forced to wander a war torn Eastern Europe.
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.
Prague Studios is one of the largest film and television production studios in the Czech Republic and sees a multitude of local and international talent pass through its doors on a day to day basis. I recently took a tour to get a feel for the place, and was treated to some surprising titbits about the complex's intriguing history.
Director Richard Linklater (Boyhood, Before Sunrise) will attend the 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival this year to participate in a special section dedicated to the Austin Film Society.
Prague's Bio OKO will host limited screenings of Wes Anderson films from the 8th - 11th of February.
Despite not having a wide range of generic horror movies, and not being a country that traditionally celebrates Halloween, the Czech Republic's film industry is still known for its wholly original and bizarre taste in film and animation. From the influential and undeniably creepy animations of Karel Zeman and Jan Svankmajer to the philosophical and truly bizarre works in the Czech New Wave era of cinema, these titles will get you in the mood.
The fourth edition of the Be2Can Film Festival is coming this October and promises to be another year rich in diverse titles and broad cinema discussion. Be2Can brings the best of the best from the top European festivals in Berlin, Venice, and of course Cannes.