Czech and Slovak
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.