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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
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***CZECH100: MADE IN PRAGUE FILM FESTIVAL***

28 October – 9 December 2018 This October marks the 100thyear anniversary since the foundation of Czechoslovakia.  To inaugurate this momentous occasion the Czech Centre presents CZECH100 – a festival of art, design, fashion, theatre and film celebrating the country’s cultural achievements. Running from 28 October until 9 December, events are programmed to take place…

Julia Secklehner | 21/10/2018
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Projecting Czech History 1918 – 2018, Film Review: ‘Lost in Munich’ (Zelenka, 2015) and discussion with Vít Smetana and Peter Neville – ‘A triumph for its writer director Zelenka’

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The awarding winning Lost in Munich (Zelenka 2015) is a fast paced mix of documentary and farce.  Director Petr Zelenka takes an absurdist look at the Munich Agreement of 1938, lauded as a diplomatic victory at the time, but still seen by Czechs as a total disaster and a betrayal.  In the opening sequence newsreels of…

Alison Miller | 12/10/2018
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Polish films at Raindance Film Festival in London

‘UK Premieres and Best Discoveries 4-5 October 2018 Raindance Film Festival Vue Piccadilly 19 Lower Regent Street London SW1Y 4LR Tower. A Bright Day dir. Jagoda Szelc, Poland, 106 min BOOK NOW  In an small rural community, Kaja returns to her family after a six-year absence, during which time her daughter Nina has been raised…

Julia Secklehner | 27/09/2018
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Book Launch showcasing the work of fourteen Hungarian artists living in Britain: Robert Waterhouse’s ‘Their Safe Haven: British-Hungarian Artists 1930 – 1980’ (Baguis Press 2018)

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‘There’s an ever-increasing interest in the Hitler émigrés, but the role of the Hungarians has yet to be discovered,’ said Matthias Sarkozi, former BBC newscaster in the Hungarian section, who introduced the fully booked launch event of Their Safe Haven: British-Hungarian Artists 1930 – 1980.  In April 1943 and in the midst of war time…

Alison Miller | 27/09/2018
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New East Photo Prize 2018: An exhibition celebrating photography from Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia at Calvert 22 Foundation

2018’s New East Photo Prize exhibition showcases selected work by the finalists nominated for the second edition of the New East Photo Prize. A Calvert 22 Foundation initiative supported by The Calvert Journal, the Prize champions contemporary perspectives on the people and countries of the New East – Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia and Central…

Julia Secklehner | 08/09/2018