Films 2022

SERVANTS / Služobníci                                

2020 SK | Drama | 88 min   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                     

 

AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

Awards: Best Direction / Best Original Score at Festival International de Saint-Jean-de-Luz

Festivals: Berlinale, Festival International de Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Ghent IFF, Odesa IFF, Valladolid IFF

The year is 1980, twelve years since the 'Prague Spring' and nine years before the Iron Curtain that divided Europe was crushed down by history. Michal and Juraj are two students of the Faculty of Theology in totalitarian Czechoslovakia. Their teachers, out of fear of cancelling the seminary, educate theologians in a form that suits the Communist Party. Juraj and Michal are thus cast straight into a high-stakes moral battle between church and state — in which sides must be chosen, with severe consequences for body and soul alike. With both being strong believers, adherence to the communists is tough, especially when Catholicism teaches them that they should only listen to the word of God. 

Servants offers both a fascinating insight into the conflicts of the era while managing to bring out the universal struggle between doing what’s right and what’s comfortable.

SHORT FILM: Fibonacci / Fibonacci |2020 CZ | Fiction / Experimental | 8 min

ENJOY A FREE BECHEROVKA COCKTAIL ON ARRIVAL  

WED 30/03/22     7PM  

DIRECTOR           Ivan Ostrochovský                      

LANGUAGE         Slovak | English Subtitles

                               English subtitles

AGE                       15+ 

CAST                     Samuel Skyva,

                               Samuel Polakovič,

                                Vlad Ivanov,

                                Vladimír Strnisko,

                                Milan Mikulčík,

                                Tomáš Turek,               

                                Vladimír Zboroň…

                              

 
 

EMMA IN LOVE / Chyby                                

2021 CZ | Romance | 99 min

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                         

 

 

 

 

 

AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

Everyone makes mistakes sometimes and Emma knows this better than anyone. She is a passionate, energetic 25-year-old saleswoman in a supermarket in a small town while Tomáš is an impulsive but introverted 30-year-old roofer living in a nearby village. One night, from which neither of them expected anything significant, quickly grows into a relationship, love and living together. What initially resembles fairy tale soon turns into nightmare after a chance encounter with Emma’s pornographic past inevitably catches up with them and starts a series of events that turn the lives of the two lovers upside down. 

Taking place in Příbram, Beroun and their surroundings, this story of coming to terms with one’s past and forgiveness brings a different view on what love is and what it means to some of us.

SHORT FILM: Donna Bella / Donna Bella | 2021 SK | Animation | 2:56 min

 

                                                                   

THU 31/03/22     7PM

DIRECTOR              Jan Prušinovský                       

LANGUAGE            Czech | English Subtitles

                                 English subtitles

AGE                         18+ 

CAST                       ​Pavla Gajdošíková,

                                 Jan Jankovský,

                                 Ondřej Kokorský,

                                 Ivo Gogál,

                                 Jan Kolařík,

                                 Eva Hacurová,

                                 Marta Dancingerová,

                                  Slávek Bílský,

                                  Monika Načeva

 

CAUGHT IN THE NET / V Síti                                                                 

 2020 CZ/SK | Documentary | 100 min    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

 

Awards: Audience Award / Best Documentary at Czech Lions, Best IT Documentary Audience Award at Moscow IDFF

FESTIVALS: Moscow IDFF, Vancouver IFF, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma Montreal, Tallinn FF

 

Three actresses, three children’s rooms, 10 days and 2,458 sexual predators. An experiment that shines an urgent light on the taboo subject of the abuse of children on the internet and what the children aged ten to fourteen years face in virtual space. Three over-18 actresses with very young appearances are tasked with pretending they are 12 years old on fake social network profiles. 

The documentary delivers the gripping drama of the protagonists playing “12-year-old girls” from casting to face-to-face meetings with predators watched by security and hidden cameras. Sometimes difficult to watch, Caught in the Net is taut, compelling and a stark warning for parents of both girls and boys & guardians worldwide.

SHORT FILM: rauu / rauu | 2021 SK | Animation | 4:51 min

 

 

FRI 1/04/22     6:30PM

 

DIRECTOR              Barbora Chalupová & Vít Klusák

LANGUAGE            Czech | English Subtitles

AGE                         18+


CAST                       Tereza Těžká

                                 Anežka Pithartová

                                 Sabina Dlouhá

                               

 

BIRD ATLAS / Atlas ptáků

2021 CZ/SI/SK | Drama | 92 min

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

Festivals: Karlovy Vary IFF, Cottbus FF

 

A huge money embezzlement in a multi-million company creates a domino effect of suspicion between the members of the family who run the business. Ivo Rona, a long-time CEO, has dedicated his whole life to work, so it comes as a big blow when things suddenly start to fall apart at the seams. It is when Marie, one of his most trusted employees, goes missing that Ivo and his family start looking for the one to blame... A revenge plan, a corporate sabotage or well-played internet fraud? One thing is certain: someone among them can’t be trusted. Believing he can solve the crime better and quicker than Police, Ivo embarks on a journey that will lead him to discover unexpected truths about his employees as well as his adult children.

The film intertwines complicated family relationships with the world of modern communication technologies, which can take advantage of our weaknesses.

SHORT FILM: Old Gramophone’s Ghostly Tones / Hrůza v tónu gramofónu | 2021 CZ | Animation | 9 min

 

 

FRI 1/04/22     9PM

 

DIRECTOR                Olmo Omerzu                                               LANGUAGE              Czech | English Subtitles

AGE                            15+

CAST                         Miroslav Donutil

                                   Alena Mihulová

                                   Martin Pechlát,

                                   Eliška Křenková

                                   Vojtěch Kotek,

                                   Pavla Beretová

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EVEN MICE BELONG IN HEAVEN / Myši patří do nebe         

2021 CZ/FR/PL/SK | Children & Family / Animation | 87 min  

                                                                                                               

                

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awards: Best Animation Film at Shanghai IFF, Jury Special Mention / Audience Award at Anifilm IFAF
Festivals: Annecy Animation FF, Shanghai IFF, Brussels IFF, Edinburgh IFF, Rome IFF, Sydney FF, KVIFF, Anifilm IFAF

 

Almost ten years in the making, this highly original puppet film will enchant young and adult viewers alike with its poignant twisty tale filled with emotion, its beguiling artistic design, and its precise animation. 

Following an unfortunate accident, a feisty little mouse and a shy young fox cub unwittingly find themselves in animal heaven. In this strange environment, the mouse and the fox share many adventures and unexpected surprises; they will have to put aside their natural instincts and work together to succeed on their journey through this new world, ultimately becoming the best of friends. The story is based on a children’s novel that has received numerous literary awards and it has been used in several psychological studies on childhood because of its ability to address sensitive subjects, offering a possible answer to what happens after death. It is also a quest for love and courage to help heal old wounds

SHORT FILM: The Gypsy Dance / Cikánský tanec | 2021 CZ | Animation | 3 min

SAT 2/04/22     1:30PM

 

DIRECTOR                     Jan Bubeníček, Denisa Grimmová              LANGUAGE                   Czech | English Subtitles

                                        English subtitles

AGE                                No restriction  

CAST                              Pavlína Balner,

                                        Matouš Ruml

                                        Ondřej Vetchý

                                        Lukáš Pavlásek,

                                        Martin Stránský

                                        Jiří Klem

                                        Jiří Lábus

                                         

                                                                                  

 

PACHO, THIEF OF HYBE / Pacho, hybský zbojník                                                       

1975 CZSK | Comedy | 85 min

                                                                                                                                                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

This bittersweet cult comedy about oppression of poor Slovakian people by Austro-Hungarian aristocracy is inspired by the stories about the legendary outlaw Jánošík and traditional folk humour. Pacho from the mountain village of Hybe is in almost every way the exact opposite of his predecessor however: he is small and weak and not known for big words or big deeds. Detesting injustice and feudal oppression, as well as arrogance of the local nobility, he begins to stand up for his subjects. Being no ordinary outlaw, he copes with each troublesome situation with the help of his cleverness and wit. Armed only with a severed mouth, healthy impudence, clever brain, and a deadly French frenzy brandy, Pacho eventually wins the battle for the position of bandit leader.

SHORT FILM: Overboard / Přes palubu | 2019 SK / CZ | Animation | 12 min

 

 

SAT 2/04/22     4:30 PM

DIRECTOR                   Martin Ťapák                                               LANGUAGE                 Slovak | English Subtitles

AGE                              15+ 

CAST                            ​​Jozef Kroner

                                      Dušan Blaškovič

                                      Karol Čálik

                                      Slávo Záhradník,

                                      Július Vašek

                                      Peter Debnár

                                      František Velecký

 

THE EAR / Ucho                  

1970 CZSK | Drama / Thriller | 91 min

                             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awards: Golden Kingfisher at Pilsen Film Festival

Festivals: Cannes Film Festival 1990, Prague IFF – Febiofest, Pilsen Film Festival

The master psychological drama The Ear, an openly accusing totalitarian regime practice, belongs to the so-called vault films. It was shot in a freer atmosphere in the late 1960s, but the film did not reach the audience until after 1990. 

The Deputy Minister Ludvík and his wife Anna have become accustomed to the constant spying and eavesdropping of state security. Even at home, they have an all-hearing "ear" recording their conversations… One day after a late return home, when the electricity goes out and Ludvik sees a group of shady men waiting outside his house, he fears nothing but the worst – he must be the next one to go. Watching The Ear, one feels uncomfortably anxious experiencing how difficult it is to live in a country where freedom of expression is neither valued nor protected.

 

SHORT FILM: Sami / Sami | 2020 SK | Feature | 18:00 min

 

 

SAT 2/04/22     7 PM

DIRECTOR                    Karel Kachyňa                                                LANGUAGE                  Czech | English Subtitles

AGE                               15+ 

CAST                             Jiřina Bohdalová 

                                       Radoslav Brzobohatý

                                       Gustav Opočenský

                                       Miloslav Holub,

                                       Lubor Tokoš,

                                       Bořivoj Navrátil

 

THE IMPOSSIBLE VOYAGE / Cesta do nemožna        

 2019 CZ/SK | Docudrama | 90 min   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                           

 

 

 

Awards: IGRIC Award – Slovak National Film & TV Awards

Commissioned as part of the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia, The Impossible Voyage is a novel approach to telling the story of Štefánik's short but impressive life. Although he died at the age of 38 in a plane crash, his short life is in many ways reminiscent of an adventure novel. Globetrotter, Doctor of Philosophy in Astronomy, Researcher, Mathematician, Pilot, Knight of the Legion of Honour, French General, Diplomat and First Minister of War of the Czechoslovak Republic - all this was Milan Rastislav Štefánik. Being a dreamer and an adventurer, despite his many successes he also had a lot of enemies... The film is a combination of adventure, historical drama and animated grotesque that brings closer a key figure in Czechoslovak history without any national pathos.

SHORT FILM: Tomato Hairytage / Tomato Hairytage | 2021 SK | Animation | 5:23 min

 

 

SUN 3/04/22     4:30PM

DIRECTOR                   Noro Držiak

LANGUAGE                 Czech, Slovak | English Subtitles

AGE                              15+ 

CAST                            ​Tomáš Mischura,

                                      Jana Stryková,

                                      Petr Vaněk,

                                      Kristína Svarinská,

                                      Arnošt Goldflam,

                                      Judit Bárdos,

                                      Ján Greššo

                               

 

BET ON FRIENDSHIP / Prvok, Šampón, Tečka a Karel     

2021 CZ | Comedy | 118 min  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

Four friends - Prvok, Šampón, Tečka a Karel, find out 20 years after graduation that they don't live the way they imagined at 18. That is when they declare war on shrinking testicles and against the middle age crisis by committing to perform several rather bold and challenging tasks. How does a man in his forties find out if he's a real guy? How does he prevent the corrosion of his ideals or the fading of his dreams? This is a film about friendship, the male view of the world, the middle age crisis, the determination to change one's life and improve the relationships one cares about. It also outlines a crisis of one's own identity that does not escape any age group or gender. 

 

SHORT FILM: Shoot / Shoot | 2020 CZ | Animation | 3 min

 SUN 3/04/22     7PM

DIRECTOR              Patrik Hartl                                              LANGUAGE            Czech | English Subtitles

AGE                         15+ 

CAST                       Martin Pechlát,

                                 David Švehlík, 

                                 Hynek Čermák,

                                 Martina Hofmann,

                                 Daniela Kolářová,

                                 Kristýna Boko