MADE IN PRAGUE Filmfestival: ‘President Blaník’ (Najbrt, 2018)

In this spin-off of the popular Blanik Bureau series , lobbyist Tonda Blanik sets off to become the Czech president in the 2018 presidential election and sell the country to China. Tonda Blanik, a fictional Czech lobbyist and spin doctor, announces his candidacy for the 2018 Czech presidential elections promising corruption, butter and lithium to…

Julia Secklehner | 02/11/2018
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CZECH100 Made in Prague PREVIEW: ‘Winter Flies’ (Olmerzu, 2018) – ‘you could call it a road movie, but it’s actually much more’

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Strange noises. Suddenly, a clumsy boy in camouflage appears out of nowhere. He carries a toy gun, taking aim at passing cars. An Audi appears on the horizon, and Heduš (Jan František Uher), the camouflaged boy, recognises the driver, Mára (Tomáš Mrvík). The car’s stolen and Mára’s on the run. Not because he’s stolen the…

Julia Secklehner | 02/11/2018
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CZECH100 Made in Prague PREVIEW: ‘Barefoot’ (Svěrák, 2017) – ‘child’s story in midst of a war that changed the course of history

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Wartime, circa 1943. Young Eda (Alois Grec) and his family live in an apartment block in Prague. From the window, Eda can see the barracks of Nazi soldiers occupying Prague. In the backyard, people from the house play volleyball in the afternoons. Eda’s father (Ondřej Vetchý) secretly listens to resistance radio programmes and refuses to…

Julia Secklehner | 31/10/2018
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CZECH100 Made in Prague PREVIEW: ‘President Blaník’ (Najbrt, 2018) – ‘a crazy ride not to be missed’

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Tonda Blaník’s a lobbyist. His hobby’s fashion at its boldest. His best friend’s his mum. And he’s running for President. This brief profile’s what we see in the first minutes of Marek Najbrt’s President Blaník (2018), a political satire that plays somewhere between fiction and reality: Blaník’s not real, but the elections are. So are…

Julia Secklehner | 31/10/2018
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CZECH100 Made in Prague PREVIEW: ‘The White World According to Daliborek’ (Klusák, 2017) – ‘more relevant than ever’

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With the rise of right-wing politics in Central Europe in recent years, the ‘filter bubble’, meaning that all-encompassing social media rarely confronts people with opinions that oppose their own, has led to growing division between those to the left, the right and at the centre. Should you be standing in a left or centre bubble,…

Julia Secklehner | 30/10/2018