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SEOUL – festival covers 50 years of Czech cinematography

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Most important Czech films of the last half century are at show at Seoul Cinemateque and Korea National University of Arts in next weeks. Every film at „Czech FIlm Showcase“ has also an introduction and Q+A section by Czech film critic Michal Procházka.


Series of lectures on the history of Czech cinematography accompanied by
screenings of some of the most important films of the last half a century „Czech Cinema Showcase“ is to be shown at Seoul Cinematheque and KNUA. Czech film critic Michal Procházka will try to tackle some of Czech cinema history issues occuring in the period of 50 years from Czechoslovak New Wave untill nowadays in his lectures.

The “Czech Cinema Showcase” main part screens at Seoul Cinematheque on November 4 and 18, 2012. The lineup includes an early film by Czech film director Miloš Forman, who is perhaps best known for his movies made in the United States, among others the five-time Academy Award winner “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975). “Black Peter” by Forman screens at Seoul Cinematheque on Nov. 4. “Diamonds of the Night” (1964) by Jan Němec and “Adelheid” (1969) by František Vláčil will also be screened that day.

Second part of the festival at Seoul Cinematheque takes place on November 18. There will be screened three more recent Czech films: “Prague Five” (1989) by Tomáš Vorel, “Little Girl Blue” (2007) by Alice Nellis and “Fruit of Paradise” (1970) by Věra Chytilová.

Some films are also to be screened at Korean National University of Arts (KNUA) with a screening of “Markéta Lazarová” by filmmaker František Vláčil on October 29. The 1967 historical drama was voted the all-time best Czech movie in a prestigious 1998 poll of Czech film critics and publicists. KNUA will also screen Academy Award winning film “Kolya” (1996) by Jan Svěrák on Nov. 12.

All films have Korean and English subtitles and film critic Michal Prochazka will introduce each film.

Complete list and the information about the films are here

Outsiders against the history, Banality of intimacy, Ideology and history. The program is organised for local academics, friends of Art Cinema Seoul, students and cinephiles.by Seoul Cinematheque in cooperation with the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul and Embassy of the Czech Republic.

Every year Czech films are part of BIFF’s lineup as well as many other Korean festivals. The Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival included a Czech animation section this year in cooperation with the Czech Embassy, and two more Czech films won the main awards at the Green Film Festival and the EBS Documentary Film Festival this year only.