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Made in Prague: ‘Nowhere in Moravia’ (Krobot, 2014) reviewed by Eleanor Janega

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Czech cinema has a long and celebrated tradition of dramatic comedies based on village life.  Director Miroslav Krobot has added the dark, apathetic, and enjoyable Nowhere in Moravia (Dira u Hanusovic)  to this canon, with a cast taken primarily from Prague’s award-winning Dejvice Theater. Set in the Jesenik Mountains in Northern Moravia, the film centres…

Eleanor Janega | 17/11/2014
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Made in Prague: Zdeněk Jiráský’s ‘In Silence’ reviewed by Jonathan Karstadt

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On the 26th November 1941 Anna Flachová, an aspiring ballerina who had been studying the discipline at Ivo Váňa Psota’s prestigious ballet school in Brno, received the order to be transported to the Theresienstadt concentration camp. She was 13 years old. She survived the horrors of internment at Theresienstadt, Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, and went on…

Jonathan Karstadt | 15/11/2014
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Made in Prague: ‘The Great Night’ (Hátle, 2013) reviewed by Eleanor Janega

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The Great Night (Velká Noc) from director Petr Hátle is a hard-hitting documentary centred on the underbelly of Prague’s nightlife, and the 2013 winner of Best Czech Documentary Film at the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, as well as the 2014 Golden Kingfisher Award at the Finále Plzeň.  Shot entirely at night, the film follows…

Eleanor Janega | 15/11/2014
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Play Poland: ‘Parasite’ (Sasnal, 2013) reviewed by Evgeniya Yarkova

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The fuming suburban landscape of Moście district in Poland becomes the scenery for the third film from Polish directors, Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal, Parasite (Huba, 2013). Premiered at the Berlin Film Festival last year, Parasite is now one of the films included in the Play Poland Film Festival in London. Their two previous films, the prize-winning It Looks Pretty…

Evgeniya Yarkova | 15/11/2014
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Made in Prague Special Event: Free Streaming of ‘The Good Driver Smetana’

Made in Prague Bonus film: The Good Driver Smetana (Dobrý řidič Smetana) As a special bonus of the Made in Prague festival the Czech Centre is offering to all the visitors of its website free streaming of The Good Driver Smetana (Dobrý řidič Smetana). The bizarre case of the Olomouc bus driver Roman Smetana, who…

Robin Ashenden | 14/11/2014
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‘The Romanian Imaginarium’ at the RCC, reviewed by Julia Secklehner

The Romanian Imaginarium – a magical title! And indeed, when entering the room on the first floor of the Romanian Cultural Centre, I’m confronted with shadow-creatures, flowery skulls and birds that ride on faceless humans. Even though the exhibition space is not purpose-built, the period-style chandelier and stucco decoration on the ceiling add to the…

Julia Secklehner | 14/11/2014
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Mariinsky Opera’s ‘The Left-Hander’ at the Barbican, reviewed by Eugenia Ellanskaya

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Conductor Valery Gergiev, composer Rodion Shchedrin and the Mariinsky Opera itself – these names have long been brands of quality and style in Russian theatre culture. The title of their latest production at the Barbican – The Left-Hander – is perhaps unfamiliar to many, but its fantastical plot is undoubtedly topical for Russia’s relationship with…

Eugenia Ellanskaya | 12/11/2014

‘Capturing Carpathia’ at the Romanian Cultural Institute, reviewed by Eugenia Ellanskaya

George Butler is a talented young illustrator, with a special focus on travel and current affairs. Having previously explored such hot subjects as the oil fields of Azerbaijan, soldiers in Afghanistan and the Syrian civil war, his latest exhibition at the Romanian Cultural Institute in London was dedicated to the lush region of Transylvania. This…

Eugenia Ellanskaya | 10/11/2014