Czech films and co-productions beyond borders of the Czech Republic: What successes did Czech films achieve during the autumn so far? In the near future, what premieres await us at film festivals? Here is the summary of what is important to know.

    Czech films at festivals

    The hottest news involving the Czech film came from Tallinn. Czech-Slovak Cook F**K Kill, directed by Mira Fornay (also a producer of the film along with Viktor Schwarcz from Cineart TV Prague), will premiere in Rebel with a Cause section at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.

    This autumn is very busy for The Painted Bird by Václav Marhoul, as the film has already been selected for more than 20 festivals. In Chicago, Vladimír Smutný, the DOP of the film, was honored with Best Cinematography Award. Documentary Forman vs. Forman, directed by Helena Třeštíková and Jakub Hejna, attends 10 festivals these months, and in Frankfurt, it reached the award for best directing. Slovak-Czech Let There Be Light won the main prize at Almaty Film Festival, and A Certain Kind of Silence by first time director Michal Hogenauer won the Audience Award in Milano, while Solo by Artemio Benki won Golden Leaf for Best World Documentary Film at Duhok IFF.


    In early autumn, Czech Film and Television Academy (ČFTA) selected The Painted Bird as this year's Czech Oscar candidate. Czech-Ukrainian-Slovak drama written, directed and produced by Václav Marhoul, represents the Czech Republic as the official submission for the 92nd Academy Awards in the category Best International Feature Film.

    The film premiered in Venice earlier this fall, and was acquired the U.S. rights by IFC Films. Lisa Schwartz, co-president of the distributor, said: “IFC is committed to providing thought-provoking and challenging films, and this is a prime example of maintaining this core mission and continuing our legacy for nearly 20 years now.”

    On October 17, Daria Kashcheeva was honored with the student Oscar, and became the third ever Czech author who achieved the prize. With her film Daughter, Kashcheeva dominated Annecy IAFF in early summer, winning two major awards, and also shined at Toronto IFF along with The Painted Bird. Since then, Daughter attended or was confirmed as a part of more than 30 festivals all over the world, including Denver IFF or Helsinki IFF.


    A Certain Kind of Silence
    directed by: Michal Hogenauer

    produced by: Negativ
    Czech Republic, Netherlands, Latvia 2019 / 96 min

    Raindance IFF (Great Britain) | Absurdities
    CinEast (Luxembourg) | Cinéscope
    Busan IFF (South Korea) | World Cinema
    Pingyao IFF (China) | Competition 
    Milano Film Festival (Italy) | Competition (Audience Award)
    Haifa IFF (Israel) | Golden Anchor – Competition for Debuts
    Nuovo Cinema Europa (Italy)
    FIFIB Bordeaux (France) | Competition
    Seminci – Valladolid International Film Festival (Spain) | Meeting Point
    Scanorama FF (Latvia)

    By a Sharp Knife
    directed by: Teodor Kuhn
    produced by: Nutprodukcia
    Slovak Republic, Czech Republic 2019 / 89 min

    Cinematik Piešťany (Slovakia) | In the House
    Tirana IFF (Albania) | Competition
    CinEast (Luxembourg) | Cinéscope
    Cottbus Film Festival (Germany) | Competition

    Forman vs. Forman
    directed by: Helena Třeštíková, Jakub Hejna
    produced by: Negativ
    Czech Republic, France 2019 / 77 min

    Haifa International Film Festival (Israel)
    Golden Tree IDFF Frankfurt (Germany) | Competition (award for best directing)
    DocLisboa (Portugal) | Heart Beat
    Chicago International Film Festival (USA) | Documentary Films Competition
    Denver International Film Festival (USA) | Film Studies
    Minsk IFF Listapad (Belarus) | Films about the Cinema
    Leeds International Film Festival (Great Britain)
    Havana Film Festival (Cuba)
    The Classics Colombia (Colombia)
    UK Jewish Film Festival (Great Britain)

    Let There Be Light
    directed by: Marko Škop
    produced by: Artileria, Negativ
    Slovak Republic, Czech Republic 2019 / 93 min

    Almaty Film Festival (Kazakhstan) | Competition (The Grand Prix)
    Batumi International Art Film Festival (Georgia) | International Competition
    Busan International Film Festival (South Korea) | World Cinema
    Haifa International Film Festival (Israel)
    Seminci – Valladolid International Film Festival (Spain) | Meeting Point
    Cork Film Festival (Ireland) | International Competition
    Cottbus Film Festival (Germany) | U 18 Competition
    East by Southeast (Netherlands)

    Over the Hills
    directed by: Martin Mareček
    produced by: Negativ 
    CZ 2019 / 78 min

    Jeden Svet SK (Slovakia) | Competition
    Minsk IFF Listapad (Belarus)| Documentary Films Competition

    directed by: Artemio Benki
    produced by: Artcam Films
    Czech Republic, France, Argentina, Austria 2019 / 84 min

    Duhok IFF (Iraq) | World Documentaries (Golden Leaf for Best World Documentary Film)
    MFDF Ji.hlava (Czech Republic) | Czech Joy (Best Czech Documentary)
    Bergamo Film Meeting (Italy) | Close up

    The Painted Bird
    directed by: Václav Marhoul
    produced by: Silver Screen
    Czech Republic, Ukraine, Slovak Republic 2019 / 169 min

    Message to Man IFF (Russia)
    Vancouver IFF (Canada)
    BFI London IFF (Great Britain) | Love
    CinEast (Luxembourg) | Cinéscope
    Istanbul Filmekimi (Turkey)
    Film Festival Cologne (Germany) | Look
    Warsaw IFF (Poland) | Special Mention
    Chicago IFF (USA) | International Competition (Best Cinematography Award)
    Toti Fest (Mexico)
    Tokyo IFF (Japan) | World Focus
    Denver IFF (USA) | Special Mention
    Thessaloniki IFF (Greece) | Main programme
    Minsk IFF Listapad (Belarus) | Competition
    Visegrad Cinema Days Kyiv (Ukraine)
    Kolkata IFF (India)
    Cork Film Festival (Ireland)
    Camerimage (Poland)
    Cairo IFF (Egypt)

    Last modified on 04-11-2019