Czech and Slovak

Film Festival

WA 2017

The 2017 Czech and Slovak Film Festival was presented by The Czech and Slovak Association of Western Australia, which has been contributing to and preserving WA’s Czech and Slovak cultural heritage for over half a century and organised under the honorary patronage of the Consulate General of The Czech Republic in Sydney and Czech and Slovak Embassies in Canberra and with the support of many wonderful sponsors.

Showcasing an eclectic range of latest movies and genres, the festival is bringing  inspiring and entertaining films that pay homage to the sophistication and sensuality of the Czechoslovak cinematography.

The 2017 Festival  opened with the compelling comedy drama The Teacher by the Oscar-nominated prolific director-writer duo Jan Hrebejk and Petr Jarchovsky, nominated for ten awards at the 2017 Czech Lion Award, including the Award for the Best Film, the Best Director Award and the Award for the Best Screenplay.

Closing Night  screened a  masterpiece, a story of the diplomat Jan Masaryk, son of the first president of Czechoslovakia A Prominent Patient, one of the latest Czech and Slovak internationally awarded films, winning not only twelve Czech Lions but also a prize at Berlinale.

The highlight of the program includes the critically acclaimed historical thriller Anthropoid, based on the extraordinary true story of “Operation Anthropoid” that would change the face of Europe forever.

Our very special guest, the renowned Czech film director, and actor Jiri Strach l presented his very popular ‘Christmas fairy tale’, a comedy for the whole family that won several festival awards at the Czech Lion Awards, Angel of the Lord 2.

Whilst Strach’s Santini’s Enigma is a mysterious thriller, set amongst visually compelling and beautiful Czech towns and picturesque nature and heralds the arrival of a new breed of intelligent thriller, his film Eights describes an ordinary man with an ordinary job and ordinary affair who has an unordinary day after he signs the Charter 77. An exceptional film directed by Jiri Strach that won several festival awards for the Best Actor, Actress, and the Best Television Comedy.

Slovak film Kidnapping is a very powerful and well-made political thriller, based on a real story from wild 90s in newly-independent Slovakia.

A short, independent movie Roots in Ego is set in one of Prague’s dodgiest suburbs. The film is a playful follow up of British films about the dancing generation. Teamed up with a DJ BBoss, it provided  a unique movie night/party experience no one could forget.

On the lighter note, every film was  preceded by a short animation of a children’s story before bed. And as in the past years, every festival visitor had a chance to win one of our fabulous prizes.

Movies 2017

The Teacher

The Teacher / Učiteľka | Comedy – Drama

Opening night

A middle school teacher manipulates her students parents into doing favours for her in exchange for previews of test questions and good grades for their children. Based on a true story.

A Prominent Patient

A Prominent Patient / Masaryk | Biography – Drama – History

Closing night

Karel Roden plays the reluctant diplomat and unwilling Czech hero Jan Masaryk, as the politics of appeasement catapults Europe into WWII. Not to be missed masterpiece.

Anthropoid

Anthropoid / Anthropoid | Biography – History – Thriller – War

Based on the extraordinary true story of “Operation Anthropoid”, in December 1941, two Czech soldiers parachute into their occupied homeland to assassinate Nazi officer Reinhard Heydrich.

Angel of the Lord

Angel of the lord 2 / Anděl Páně 2 | Fantasy – Family

Confused angel Petronel, the guardian of the Heaven’s gate, and devil-temper Uriah get into trouble when they try to find the lost fruit of knowledge. Comedy for the whole family.

Kidnapping

Kidnapping / Únos | Drama

In the 90s, when Czechoslovakia split up to the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the son of Slovakian president gets abducted by Mafia in a political scheme of the prime minister.

Eights

Eights / Osmy | Comedy

An ordinary man with an ordinary job, ordinary family and ordinary affair has an unordinary day after he signs the Charter 77, a day in which Richard can either lose everything or find himself.

Santini's Enigma

Santini’s Enigma / Santiniho Jazyk | Drama – Thriller – Mystery

The path to discovery of cryptic messages inscribed by the genius architect Santini into his structures is lined with mysterious murders connected to the search.

Roots in Ego

Roots in Ego / Roots in Ego | Drama + DJ BBoss

A short, independent movie about debauched life of a group of friends and electronic music. Teamed up with a DJ, it will provide you with a unique movie night/party experience.

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