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2010-“Czech Literature on the Silver Screen“ – an event by the Embassy of the Czech Republic at the National and Kapodistrian University in Athens

On 2 June 2010, the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Greece organised an event oriented on the Czech language and Czech literature entitled “Czech Literature on the Silver Screen“. The event took place at the National and Kapodistrian University in Athens and was organised specifically for students and pedagogues of the Department of Slavic Languages of the University.

During the academic year 2008/09 a new Department of Slavic Studies was opened at the Faculty of Arts of the National and Kapodistrian University in Athens (UOA), in2009/10 the Slavic Studies ran for the 2nd year. The Embassy of the Czech Republic has supported the Department of Slavic Languages since its foundation, by organising annual events thematically oriented on the Czech language and literature for its students and pedagogues.

During this academic year, the Embassy of the Czech Republic organised, in co-operation with the Department of Slavic Languages, a literary and film event consisted of a lecture on “Postřižiny“ (“Cut It Short“), the book by Bohumil Hrabal and the film with the same title by Jiří Menzel, and a screening of this full-length picture.

The event took place on 2 June 2010at the lecture hall “Amfitheatro Drakopoulou“ in the central, historical building of the University. The programme consisted of a biographical contribution on B. Hrabal, a lecture on B. Hrabal and J. Menzel related to the book “Cut It Short” and the film, and a screening of the film “Cut It Short“ in Czech with Greek subtitles.

The main lecture, dedicated to Hrabal and Menzel, was delivered by the director and writer of Cypriot descent, graduate of the Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts “FAMU” in Prague and former, for many years, Principal Programme Officer of the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation Mr. Tassos Georgiou. In his speech he concentrated on the literary model and other works by B. Hrabal, primarily  with respect to themes, language and style, and further on the film version by J. Menzel, his friend and older school-mate from the FAMU. Mr. Georgiou in his lecture combined a literary view and a film approach and at both level he pointed to a number of interesting moments.