New historic drama Charlatan directed by Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa, The Burning Bush) is turning heads everywhere for its tender portrayal of historic Czech healer Jan Mikolášek who cured hundreds with plant-based remedies during occupied Czechoslovakia.
The Zookeeper’s Wife, another addition to the holocaust genre that had potential to be fiercely original and thought-provoking, but just ends up being another Anthropoid.
I’ve been looking forward to this film for quite some time. First of all, it’s a heartwarming World War II story with the Jessica Chastain in a leading role. Second of all, it was filmed in Prague Zoo, one of the world’s best and the perfect backdrop for such an epic – those are real lion cubs! With Whale Rider director Niki Caro at the helm, I wouldn’t be surprised if The Zookeeper’s Wife receives Oscar attention in the near future. A moving trailer with a phenomenal backing track by Icelandic band Sigur Rós. Prague readers make sure you keep an eye out for familiarities, there are a few that pop up.