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  1. In 2017, his feature film Filthy (Špína, directed by Tereza Nvotová) appeared in cinemas. Filthy premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam and won several awards, including the Czech Film Critics´ Award in 2017 and the Czech Lion award for Best Editing.

  2. Panaji, 28 November 2021 . It is often said that all good things should come to an end; well, not for film festivals, definitely not for the International Film Festival of India, known fondly among film lovers and connoisseurs as IFFI. Yes, as the metaphorical curtains come down on the 52 nd edition of Asia’s oldest and largest film festival, the quintessential IFFI delegate will continue to ...

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  4. The 14th Batumi International Arthouse Film Festival (15-22 September) wrapped last night with a ceremony in the Black Sea city's State Musical Centre. Marko Škop's Karlovy Vary title Let There Be Light picked up the Grand Prix, just two days after winning the same, main award at the Almaty Film Festival.

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    The first Czech film director and cinematographer was Jan Kříženecký, who started filming short documentaries in Prague in the second half of 1898. The first permanent cinema house was founded by Viktor Ponrepoin 1907 in Prague.

    List of Czechoslovak films1898–1990
    List of Czech films(List of Czech Republic films) 1990–today
    List of Czech animated films
    List of Czech films considered the best
    List of most expensive Czech films
    List of highest-grossing Czech films

    Nominations for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film

    1. 1965 - The Shop on Main Street by Ján Kadár and Elmar Klos - Won Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film 2. 1966 - Loves of a Blonde by Miloš Forman 3. 1967 - Closely Watched Trains by Jiří Menzel - Won Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film 4. 1968 - The Firemen's Ball by Miloš Forman 5. 1986 - My Sweet Little Village by Jiří Menzel 6. 1991 - The Elementary School by Jan Svěrák 7. 1996 - Kolya by Jan Svěrák - Won Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film 8. 2000 - Divided We...

    Contenders at Cannes Film Festival

    1. 1946 - Men Without Wings by František Čáp - Won Palm d'Or 2. 1946 - Vánoční sen by Karel Zeman - Won Grand Prix International for best short fiction film 3. 1946 - Springman and the SS by Jiří Trnka 4. 1951 - The Trap by Martin Frič 5. 1954 - A Drop Too Much by Břetislav Pojar - Won Best Puppet Film 6. 1955 - Dog's Heads by Martin Frič 7. 1955 - The Good Soldier Schweik by Jiří Trnka 8. 1956 - Dalibor by Václav Krška 9. 1956 - The Dolls of Jiří Trnka by Bruno Šefranka - Won Special Mention...

    Contenders at Venice Film Festival

    1. 1934 - Ecstasy by Gustav Machatý - Won Best Director 2. 1934 - The River by Josef Rovenský - Won Best Director 3. 1934 - Bouře nad Tatrami by Tomáš Trnka - Won Best Director 4. 1934 - Maryša by Josef Rovenský - Won Special Recommendation 5. 1937 - Batalion by Miroslav Cikán - Won Special Recommendation 6. 1939 - Humoreska by Otakar Vávra 7. 1939 - Macoun the Tramp by Ladislav Brom 8. 1939 - Sklenice i chléb by Jaroslav Tuzar 9. 1940 - Muž z neznáma by Martin Frič 10. 1941 - Nocturnal Butte...

    Passek, Jean-Loup; Zaoralová, Eva, eds. (1996). Le cinéma tchèque et slovaque. Paris: Centre national d'art et de culture Georges Pompidou. ISBN 9782858508921. OCLC 415079480.

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    Tatiana Huezo’s “Prayers for the Stolen” (“Noche de Fuego”) has been selected by Mexico’s Oscar committee to represent the country in the international feature film race. The drama, which follows three girls as they come of age in a village rampant with human trafficking and the drug trade, competed in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section and was awarded a special mention. “Prayers for the Stolen” also took home the best Latin American film award at San Sebastian. The film stars Mayra Batalla, Norma Pablo and Olivia Lagunas and was produced by Nicolás Célis and Jim Stark. “Prayers for the Stolen” has been acquired by Netflix.

    Julia Ducournau’s Palme d’Or Winning “Titane” has been selected by France’s Oscar committee to represent the country in the international feature film race. “Titane” recently won the people’s choice award at Toronto, where is played in the Midnight Madness section. This year’s French Oscar committee includes Julie Delpy; Zeller; producers Iris Knobloch and Alain Goldman, whose credits include the Oscar-winning film “La Vie En Rose”; Emilie Georges, the Oscar-winning producer of “Call Me by Your Name” and founder of Memento International; and Grégory Chambet, co-founder of the sales company WTFilms. The committee also has three permanent members: Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Frémaux; UniFrance president Serge Toubiana; and Elisabeth Tanner, talent agent and representative of the Cesar Academy. ICELAND Valdimar Jóhannsson’s “Lamb” has been selected by Iceland’s Oscar committee to represent the country in the international feature film race. The body horror film, which was rec...

    Austria has picked director Sebastian Meise’s drama “Great Freedom” as its official submission for Best International Feature Film Oscars race. The decision was announced by Austrian Films and the Film and Music Austria industry association of the Austrian Economic Chambers, and confirmed by the film’s distributor MUBI. The somber drama world premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes, where it won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize, before going on to win the award for best feature at the Sarajevo Film Festival. Set in Germany after World War II, it tells the story of Hans, a man repeatedly sent to prison over multiple decades for his homosexuality. With each return, he grows ever-closer with his cellmate Viktor, a convicted murderer serving a life sentence, and what begins as revulsion blossoms over time to something far more tender. The film stars Franz Rogowski (“Victoria,” “Undine,” “Transit,” “A Hidden Life”) and Silver Bear winner Georg Friedrich (“Helle Nächte,” “The...

    Japan has selected Hamaguchi Ryusuke’s “Drive My Car” as its contender for the Academy Awards’ best international film category. The selection was made by the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan (Eiren). The news was first reported by Japan’s Sankei News organization and confirmed by the film’s local distributor Bitters End. The three-hour film debuted in competition at the Cannes film festival in July, where it won a handful of prizes including the best screenplay award for Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe’s adaptation of Murakami Haruki short story. It tells the tale of a widower director and his stoical female chauffeur as they drive to Hiroshima. It is now a star attraction on the fall festival circuit, with appearances at Toronto, San Sebastian, New York, Busan, London, Sydney and the New Zealand festivals. International sales are handled by Germany’s The Match Factory. Japanese theatrical distribution began in August. For nearly two decades, a group of slightly more establi...

    Sports biopic “Zatopek” has been selected to represent the Czech Republic. The film is directed by David Ondricek and had its world premiere at this year’s 55th Karlovy Vary International Festival. The selection was announced by the Czech Film and Television Academy, which said that it had weighed up 13 eligible fiction, documentary, and animated films. Nicknamed the Czech Locomotive, the real life Emil Zatopek was one of the most famous long distance runners of all time. He won the 5,000 metre, 10,000 metre races and the marathon at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki. The achievement has never been repeated. TAIWAN Taiwan has selected Chung Mong-hong’s pandemic-set drama “The Falls” as its contender in the international feature film race at the 94th Academy Awards. It is the third time that a film by Chung has represented Taiwan and the second time in succession. In the 2019—20 race Taiwan selected Chung’s family drama “A Sun,” which was retained on the Oscars shortlist, but ultima...

    Péter Bergendy’s period horror film “Post Mortem” has been selected to represent Hungary in the international feature film race of the 94th Academy Awards. The film tells the supernatural story of a post-mortem photographer and a young girl confronting ghosts in a haunted village after World War I. The decision to select the film was made by the Hungarian Oscar Committee, whose members included Csaba Káel, the government commissioner for the development of the Hungarian motion picture industry, and chairman of the National Film Institute, director Csaba Bereczki, director Kristóf Deák, screenwriter Tibor Fonyódi, film distribution expert András Kálmán, producer Ákos Pesti and Emil Novák, a cinematographer. “Post Mortem” premiered at the Warsaw and Sitges film festivals last year, and went on to screen at more than 20 genre festivals. The film picked up prizes at the Trieste, Fantasporto, Sombra and Parma genre festivals, and was the winner of this year’s Hungarian Motion Picture Awa...

    On Tuesday, “The Gravedigger’s Wife,” Khadar Ahmed’s drama which opened at Cannes’ Critics Week, was chosen as the first official submission from Somalia at the Oscars. The critically acclaimed movie was unanimously selected by Somalia’s first Oscar selection committee, which was created this year with six artists working in different entertainment fields. The film, directed by Khadar Ayderus Ahmed, was inspired by a personal tragedy that happened in the filmmaker’s family 10 years ago in Helsinki, and follows a gravedigger (Omar Abdi) and family man living in the outskirts of Djibouti city who sets off to save his wife who needs expensive surgery. It was produced by Misha Jaari, Mark Lwoff and Risto Nikkilä at Helsinki-based Bufo. “The Gravedigger’s Wife” will screen at the BFI London Film Festival in October ahead of its U.S. premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival. The film will then have its African premiere at the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadou...

    On Tuesday, South Korea selected action drama “Escape From Mogadishu” as its contender. Directed by Ryoo Seung-wan, “Escape From Mogadishu” is based on real events in the 1990s when normally antagonistic diplomats from North and South Korea joined forces to escape civil war in Somalia. The film has been one of the few bright spots for local movies this year at a depressed and battered Korean box office. It is the year’s highest-grossing film, local or international, with a gross of $28.9 million. The Korean Film Council, which announced the selection, said that it had picked “Mogadishu” from a shortlist of six. Last year Korean film “Parasite” won the international feature category and a total haul of four Oscars, including best picture. — Patrick Frater

    Also on Tuesday, Spain picked Javier Bardem-starring “The Good Boss” as its hopeful in the Oscars category. Directed by Fernando León de Aranoa, “The Good Boss” (aka “El Buen Patron”) is the story of an industrial scales manufacturer who races to try to resolve his workers’ problems ahead of a factory visit by an awards committee. It recently enjoyed its world premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival and followed that with an appearance at the Zurich festival last week. It will enjoy its commercial debut later this month in Spain (Oct. 15). Its selection was a major surprise in some quarters, as Pedro Almodóvar’s “Parallel Mothers” which debuted last month as the opening title of the Venice Film Festival, had been the overwhelming favorite. — John Hopewell

    On Monday, Canada announced that “Drunken Birds” [a.k.a. “Les Oiseaux Ivres], by director and co-writer Ivan Grbovic and co-writer Sara Mishara, will be its flagbearer. The film premiered last month in the Platform section of the Toronto Film Festival. Telefilm Canada, which announced the selection, said that “Birds” was the Canadian film “with the best chance of being nominated for this prestigious award.” “It is a film with which we wanted to celebrate the power of film, while taking the audience on a journey through the beauty, absurdity and injustice of our lives today. We would like to share this honor with the rest of the film team, but also with the seasonal workers who leave their families every year to better their lives,” said Grbovic on behalf of himself and Mishara. — Patrick Frater

  5. Nov 10, 2021 · November 10, 2021, 10:32 a.m. China has decided on Zhang Yimou’s snowy spy thriller “Cliff Walkers” as its official entrant to the 2022 Oscars Best International Feature Film race. Zhang is one of China’s best-known directors abroad, having become so after looming large as China’s representative at the Academy Awards.

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