PRODUCTION: Lidice plans June shoot

By Irena Zemanová

    Lidice, a Czech-Polish war drama from director Alice Nellis, will begin shooting in June, producer Adam Dvořák, head of production/distribution company Bioscop (www.bioscop.cz), announced.

    {mosimage}The start of filming was delayed due to difficulties in financing the final part of the budget. A four-season shoot is planned, postponing the world release of Lidice to June 2011. Previously, a Febuary start of shooting was planned with a release in late 2010.

    Lidice had already an extraordinary long pre-production, due to the complicated one year shooting plan and budget of more than CZK 70 million (2.6 million euros) for the World War II set. One third of the amount, a record CZK 20 million (770,000 euros) grant, was provided by the Czech State Fund for Cinematography.

    The films is coproduced by Polish producer Dariusz Jablonski and Apple Film (www.applefilm.pl).

    The town of Kladno, where part of the exteriors will be filmed, also helped with the financing, providing 150,000 CZK (5,800 euros). The town also provided free rent for shooting in the historical school building and former Nazi Gestapo police station, Dan Jiránek of the municipal house of Kladno confirmed.

    The screenplay, which won a Sazka award, was written by Czech historian Zdeněk Mahler. The story is based on the infamous massacre in the Czech village of Lidice near Kladno, central Bohemia. Lidice was exterminated and burnt by Nazis in retaliation for the assasination of Reinhard Heydrich in June 1942. Nellis is not planning a classic war movie, but a full-bodied psychological drama based on the true story of man who survived the massacre.

    The cast includes Karel Roden, Ivan Trojan, Zuzana Bydžovská, Martha Issová and Václav Jiráček, who played the lead in Jánošík, the Polish/Slovak/Czech/Hungarian coproduction by directors Agniezska Holland and Kasia Adamek.

    Czech Television (www.ceskatelevize.cz) is co-producing and the Czech Ministry of Defence (www.army.cz), is providing historical weapons and army materials. Several private companies also helped with the producing.

    {mosimage}Production contact:

    Produccer: Adam Dvořák

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