Lidice Brings Audience Back to Serious Czech Films

By Michal Procházka

PRAGUE: The Czech WWII drama Lidice scored 121,000 spectators in the first ten days since its premiere on 2 June 2011, improving the balance of local cinema attendance for the first half of the year. It looks certain that the romantic drama based on real life horror of Nazi genocide in the small Czech town of Lidice in 1942 will top even the front runner Jan Hřebejk´s Innocence which reached around 150,000 viewers since January.

The Czech-Slovak coproduction was directed by Petr Nikolaev and written by Zdeněk Mahler for the company Bioscop (www.bioscop.cz), which also handles the domestic distribution.

"We did not target any specific group but we tried to make a film with a war topic that would not be only masculine and for men. Obviously we are very glad and surprised to see the result," said the producer of the film Adam Dvořák.

The mixture of a national tragedy and a story of love and redemtion has proved itself a good recipe. The producer and distributor even rushed the premier in order to catch the end of the school year and launched the film in 70 cinemas.

"It is the first film to show that the home audience does not necessarily need to be afraid of serious films and does not appreciate only comedies. We expect a total result between 300,000 and 550,000 people," added the producer. In recent years, Czech audiences flocked to see domestic comedies, but had not been so supportive of dramas.

The film has already an international sales agent Fabrication films (www.fabricationfilms.com).