Experience the best of Czech and Slovak cinematography and embrace Czech and Slovak culture and humor in Perth
Perth (Nov 21-24, 2019)
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It is unbelievable how fast this year has passed... And we are announcing already the 5th Czech and Slovak Film Festival of WA. The year 2019 is also a year
It is unbelievable how fast this year has passed…
And we are announcing already the 5th Czech and Slovak Film Festival of WA.
The year 2019 is also a year of momentous anniversaries and yet Full of Stories. Stories which has to be told and spread. So we are bringing you 6 of the best of Czech and Slovak contemporary movies which reflect ubiquitous explosive political and social tensions which could be seen now or 30 and either 70 years ago. All the movies are uncovering, in their unique way, the humble truth about us.
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Wednesday | 14 Nov | 6:30 pm | The Backlot Perth
Citizen Havel | Document
Thursday | 21 Nov | 6:00 pm | Luna Palace Leederville
On the Roof | Drama – Comedy
Friday | 22 Nov | 6:30 pm | Luna Palace Leederville
The Lady Terrorist | Comedy
Saturday | 23 Non | 4:30 pm | Luna Palace Leederville
The Magic Quill | Animation – Family – Fantasy
Saturday | 23 Nov | 6:30 pm | Luna Palace Leederville
Loli Paradicka | Comedy – Family – Fantasy
Sunday | 24 NOV | 5:30 pm | Luna Palace Leederville
Toman | Drama – History
14 (Thursday) 6:30 pm - 24 (Sunday) 9:30 pm
Czech&Slovak Film Festival WA
The Lady Terrorist (Teroristka) WA premiere Comedy / Crime / Drama The black comedy The Lady Terrorist is about Marie (played by the unforgettable Iva Janžurová), a retired teacher, who had taught her
The Lady Terrorist (Teroristka)
Comedy / Crime / Drama
The black comedy The Lady Terrorist is about Marie (played by the unforgettable Iva Janžurová), a retired teacher, who had taught her pupils that decency was essential and violence did not solve problems. However, with the borders of arrogance and rudeness shifting dramatically in recent years, criminals have come to dominate society, counting on the blind acceptance and lack of resistance of the ordinary people, she reaches to her breaking point. From that moment, she can no longer tolerate those circumstances and does not hesitate to break her ethical boundaries, in order to restore justice.
Marie, a loving friend and a grandmother, is living an ordinary life in a small village, until her municipality fails her and the whole community. Corruption does not pick a place by itself, there is always someone who pulls the strings. In this case, it is a local businessman, Mr Mach, her former pupil (starred by brilliant Martin Hofmann) who teases and blackmails the villagers, while bribing the council. Marie cannot withstand the injustice and decides to take matters into her own hands, supported by another of her ex-pupils, currently on parole. “Retired teachers don’t shoot people,” the crook says. “Right. But now, no one will ever be so sure about that,” Marie replies, unlocking the weapon…
Come and enjoy this juicy black comedy which takes a humorous look at serious social issues.
Czech republic 2019, 95 min
CZECH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
(Friday) 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Magic Quill (Čertí brko) Australian premiere Comedy / Family / Fantasy The Magic Quill is an extraordinary family movie that combines the traditional themes of a classic Czech fairy tale with sharp
The Magic Quill (Čertí brko)
Comedy / Family / Fantasy
The Magic Quill is an extraordinary family movie that combines the traditional themes of a classic Czech fairy tale with sharp political satire.
The story takes us to the town of Pytlov where the local craftsmen and peasants live their lives, under the watchful eye of the local Hell office. The righteous Hell records sins fairly and accurately with the Devil’s Magic Quill. However, one day the Quill stops working. So, Lucifer sends a young devil Bonifac, who is a clumsy inventor rather than an ambitious devil, to deliver a new one. However, soon after he arrives, Bonifac is robbed of the new quill, triggering a chain of events leading to the town being taken over by corrupt councillors and a sly lazy tailor and eventually to the imprisonment of the lord of the Hell. It is at this moment that Bonifac has to step up, find the best qualities in himself and put things back in order, to eventually gain the love of a beautiful woman, Marketa.
The Magic Quill is a perfect choice for the entire family with lots of allusions and lessons for everyone. Because when sins are not seen, when evil is not punished, when the chaos reigns, only love can endure.
Czech republic / Slovakia
2018, 99 min
Rating: All ages
CZECH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
(Saturday) 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Loli Paradicka (Loli paradička) Australian premiere Drama / Comedy Loli paradicka, a bitter-sweet romantic comedy written by well-known Slovakian father-son duo Víťo and Richard Staviarsky, is their first feature-length movie about a complicated
Loli Paradicka (Loli paradička)
Drama / Comedy
Loli paradicka, a bitter-sweet romantic comedy written by well-known Slovakian father-son duo Víťo and Richard Staviarsky, is their first feature-length movie about a complicated love affair between a handicapped man and a Romany woman.
Milan, an amputee fairground salesman, discovers that Veronika, a Romany girl, has stolen one of his caramel cakes because she was hungry. He takes pity on her and decides to buy her lunch. In return, Veronika offers him her services as a sales assistant in order to pay off her debt. The spark generated between the two leads to a tremendous night and they instantly fall for each other and start making plans for a future together. Veronika does not mind that Milan has only one leg and Milan does not mind that Veronika is a gypsy… Would Society accept their unconventional relationship? Could such a relationship work?
The story touches upon current topics of discrimination and racism and offers an unusual take on Romany-Slovak relationship stories, that more often focus on serious aspects of the lives and cultural clashes between the divided communities. Loli Paradicka won the Audience Award after its premiere at the 2019 Kosice Art Film Fest and became
a box office hit.
This greatly reviewed film is also unique in the language used – dialogues are presented with a strong Eastern Slovak dialect. This film is definitely not one to be missed!
2019, 86 min
SLOVAK WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
(Saturday) 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Toman (Toman) Australian premiere Drama / History Toman is a historical drama about the controversial person Zdenek Toman who, whilst a dirty politician and a dubious entrepreneur, was also the saviour of hundreds
Drama / History
Toman is a historical drama about the controversial person Zdenek Toman who, whilst a dirty politician and a dubious entrepreneur, was also the saviour of hundreds of Eastern European Jews – known occasionally as The Czech Schindler. The film takes place in Czechoslovakia, after the conclusion of World War ll.
The film follows this unscrupulous careerist as he works his way up from a low-level bureaucrat in the Czech government-in-exile during World War II, to the head of Foreign Intelligence in Czechoslovakia. In this position he blackmails, intimidates, and levies false accusations, in order to strengthen the communist presence in the bureau. Toman also exploits his diplomatic passport and international contacts to fraudulently raise money for him and The Communist Party.
This fascinating biopic is directed by Ondrej Trojan, the director of film Zelary, an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film (2014). Jiri Machacek, widely acknowledged for his comedic roles, delivers a standout performance as Toman.
Toman, the real-life contrary person, significantly influenced political developments in Czechoslovakia between the years 1945 – 48, during so-called Third Republic, which led to the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia seizing power by way of a political coup. Toman is an attempt at a precise historical reconstruction, providing viewers a window into history and allowing them to understand its meaning and consequences for the present.
Czech Republic / Slovakia
2018, 145 min
Czech and Slovak WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
(Sunday) 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm