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Czech films at CPH:DOX 2009

Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival CPH:DOX 2009, which took place 6 - 15 November 2009, introduced a number of films in connection with the Czech Republic.

An interesting film evening took place on 9 November 2009 at the Danish Film Institute - Cinemateket, where the documentary The Affair in Prague was shown under the presence of director Christoffer Emil Bruun. The main theme is the mission of journalist Niels Barfoed to Czechoslovakia in order to hand over the Prize of Freedom of the newspapers Politiken and Dagens Nyheter to Václav Havel in 1986. A discussion with the director, the main actors of the film Niels Barfoed and Martina Schepelern and the Danish writer and journalist Samuel Rachlin followed after the screening. The Danish television channel DR 2 showed the documentary the following evening. On the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the fall of Communism the publishing house Gyldendal published a book Tomis-A – My Secret Life Behind the Iron Curtain by Niels Barfoed.

From the left: Journalist Niels Barfoed, Czech Ambassador Zdeněk Lyčka, writer Martina Schepelern and director Christoffer Emil Bruun. Photo: Hasse Ferrold

The film and music evening, which took place on 10 November 2009 at DOX:CLUB, offered an extraordinary cultural experience. During the screening of the film Little Blue Nothing by Vincent Moon and Antoine Viviani, the main protagonists of the film - the Czech viola players Irena and Vojtěch Havel – performed live music. The Czech musicians achieved great success and continued at a meditation evening.

From the left: Czech Ambassador Zdeněk Lyčka, Czech musicians Irena and Vojtěch Havel, the lead singer of the Danish band Nephew Simon Kvamm. Photo: Hasse Ferrold

Moreover, Czech documentary Auto*Mate by Martin Mareček was screened at the CPH:DOX 2009. A time-collecting documentary, combining genres of documentary film, animation film, music film and home video, offers a personal message of the director about the life and movement in the city and the attempts to change the environment.