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CZECH100 Made in Prague REVIEW: ‘The Limits of Work’ (Rychliková, 2017) + Q&A – ‘Heroism is not to speak out but to stick it out.’

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‘Be glad you have work’, is written on a toilet wall, and added underneath: ‘You know best, asshole.’  In the award-winning documentary The Limits of Work, journalist Saša Uhlová goes undercover to reveal what it’s like to experience working conditions in the lowest paid jobs in the Czech republic. Getting up at 5am and leaving her husband…

Alison Miller | 16/11/2018
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Thom Artway – a rising talent from the Czech Republic

Already one of the most respected young musicians in the Czech music scene, this talented artist is ready to be crowned Czech’s best music export. Having already notched up memorable performances at this year’s Great Escape and Europe’s largest music and cultural festival Sziget and won the first Czech Fresh – the music project led…

Julia Secklehner | 14/11/2018
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Book and Film Adaptation REVIEW: ‘Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead’ (Tokarczuk, 2009) vs. ‘Spoor’ (Holland, 2017)

On 16 October, Curzon Bloomsbury hosted a screening of a Spoor, a film adaptation of Olga Tokarczuk’s novel Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, which was translated into English this year, just after its author won the Man Booker International Prize for her constellation novel Flights (2007, translated in 2018).  The Screening was followed…

Iga Szczodrowska | 08/11/2018
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CZECH100 Made in Prague REVIEW: ‘Insects’ (Švankmajer, 2018) – ‘an extraordinary project’

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Jan Švankmajer adapting a play by the Čapek brothers: this combination alone suggests that Insects must be an extraordinary project. Based on Karel and Josef Capek’s Pictures from the Insects’ Life (1922), filmmaker and artist Švankmajer has created a surreal comedy, which is pieced together by scenes from the actual film and behind-the-scenes insights. It starts…

Julia Secklehner | 07/11/2018
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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
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New East Photo Prize 2018 – ‘challenging labels of uniformity’

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At Calvert 22, The New East tells its own story. The New East Photo Prize 2018 brings an exhibition of the finalist sixteen entries from a total of six hundred from Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia and central Asia. The selection distils down portraits of the Eastern regions that continue to be underrepresented in Western narratives. Works…

Camelia Ciobanu | 28/10/2018