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Czech Animation Hot Contender for Oscar

Czech animated feature film My Sunny Maad (81 minuntes) to be screened in Los Angeles area from 17 to 23 November, 2021, and in Orange County´s Chapman University on 15 November, 2021.

This Annecy International Animation Film Festival Jury Award winner follows a story of a young Czech woman who assimilates to life in today's Afghanistan after falling in love with and marrying an Afghan man.

Directed by internationally acclaimed animator and Academy Award nominee Michaela Pavlátová it is based on the novel Frišta (Freshta) by famous Czech journalist Petra Procházková.


Monday, November 15, 7pm at Chapman University -Digital and Media Arts Center, 220 N Cypress St. Orange, CA 92866, Q&A session with director / complimentary screening, first come first serve basis.  
In order to gain access to the Chapman University, please fill out the Daily Health Screening Survey at the day of the visit, please use this link https://chapmanu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eVx4H7TOlNNChsa 

Monday, November 22, 6:30 pm at  MRC Screening room (formely know as RealD Theater) at 100 N Crescent Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 /complimentary screening - Due to limited space RSVP is mandatory by Friday, November 19, 2021 at: czechconsulatela@gmail.com. Tickets avialability will be confirmed on a first come first serve basis. All guests must show proof of vaccination or a negative covid test, taken within the previous 72 hours.

Wednesday, November 17 - Tuesday, November 23, 2021 - Daily Showings at Laemmle Monica Film Center (Complimentary tickets for AMPAS members). For more information and tickets: https://www.laemmle.com/film/my-sunny-maad

MY SUNNY MAAD -  When a young Czech woman named Helena falls in love with Nazir, an Afghan man, her world is turned upside down. Set in the interim period between Taliban rule, "Helena" becomes "Herra" as she moves in with her husband's family in Kabul and attempts to integrate into her new culture and way of life. There, she faces challenges she never expected - such as the duty to hide inside a closet when guests are present, and many unexpected blessings as well, like the adoption of a precocious, socially outcast son, Maad.

Her new family includes a progressive grandfather, a mourning mother-in-law, and Freshta, her troubled sister-in-law whose efforts to escape her husband's violent grip come at a steep cost. Visually stunning and emotive, My Sunny Maad is a personal and poignant reflection on the diverse experiences of Afhan women -and the reality that not everyone in Afhanistan is waiting to be saved.

Michaela Pavlátová is an internationally acclaimed animation director from the Czech Republic. Her films have received numerous awards at international film festivals, including an Oscar nomination for Reci, reci, reci / Words, words, words. Film Repete  won a series of awards including the Golden Bear in Berlin. Her last short film Tram premiered in Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes and won Annecy Cristal in 2012. In 2021 she has premiered at Annecy her first feature animation My Sunny Maad which won the Jury Award.


Besides animation, she has directed two live action feature films awarded in San Sebastian and Karlovy Vary.

Since 2016 she is the head of the Animation Department at FAMU, Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.


For additional information email: czechconsulatela@gmail.com