This year the festival of Czech and Slovak cinema in Paris will commemorate the anniversary dates that constitute the history of Czechoslovakia, notably its creation in 1918 and the Prague Spring in 1968.
Under the patronage of the Ambassador for the Czech Republic, S. Exc. M. Petr Drulák and the Ambassador for the Slovak Republic, S. Exc. M. Igor Slobodník, the festival will be held this year at the cinema Christine 21 situated in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. A range of formats and genres will pay homage to the history of Czechoslovakia in the way Czech-In knows how, through film.
It is the historical film Masaryk by Julius Ševcík that will open the festival and take a look at the life of Jan Masaryk, a diplomat and minister of foreign affairs as well as the son of Czechoslovakia’s first president, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk. The former can be spotted in the projection of Czech National Film Archive footage which is to be accompanied by the live music of Czech artists Irena and Vojtech Havlovi. This will be a unique occasion to discover the rare material that documents the personalities and events involved in the creation of Czechoslovakia in 1918. One of the extracts even shows Czech legions in France during the First World War.
Czech-In also invites you to discover the unedited 1990 documentary on T. G. Masaryk, TGM the Liberator, directed by the great Věra Chytilová. Also on offer is the Jan Němec documentary filmed live during the August 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia during the repression of the Prague Spring, Oratorio for Prague.
The new generation of Czech and Slovak cinema will be represented by Karlovy Vary IFF winner Václav Kadrnka; who will present his film, Little Crusader, in person. There will also be Peter Bebjak’s The Line, whose win at the Arras Film Festival among many. Two talented female directors from Slovakia will enrich the programme even further. The first is Tereza Nvotová, whose drama Filthy was voted the best film of 2017 by Czech critics and the second is Iveta Grófová with Little Harbour a film that premiered and was awarded at the Berlinale IFF. The films will be introduced by a range of guests, including several French film professionals, Kristina Aschenbrennerová from the Slovak Film Institute and producer Jiří Konečný.
To conclude the festival, there will be a debate at the Czech Cultural Centre (18 rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris) between our special guests and their fellow Parisian colleagues. The topic of focus is the heritage of the centenary of Czech and Slovak independence.
The festival is an official part of the centenary celebrations for the independence of the Czech and Slovak Republics and has been made possible by the help of Safran and Česká Zbrojovka. Our other supporters include the Ministry of Czech Culture, Czech Tourism, UPP Prague and the Czech and Slovak ministries of foreign affairs.