Los Angeles, CA, Friday, March 17, 2017 – The Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles is delighted to unveil the exciting program of the 6th edition of Czech That Film festival (CTF) in Los Angeles as well as announce the festival’s new traveling film series. This year’s Czech That Film offers a wide selection of critically acclaimed films spanning multiple genres that will present in 15 new venues across North America.
Regarding the 2017 CTF, Pavol Šepeľák, Consul General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles said, “C.S. Lewis said that art is something of a “window” into worlds unseen. The films that you will see during this edition of the festival are exactly that: “windows” to times and places that are out of reach, yet so significant for better understanding our daily lives. We would like to thank and honor the talented Czech directors whom we welcome at our Festival, such as Ivan Passer, Filip Renč and Mr. Radek Bajgar, for their compelling achievements. Thus, I invite you to join us in this journey through some of the best moments of Czech cinema.”
The Grand Opening of the 6th CTF festival will take place on March 23rd, 2017 at Laemmle’s Monica Film Center with screening of the compelling “dramedy” The Teacher. Set in the last decade of the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia, The Teacher is a social satire woven around the abuse of power taking place at an elementary school and is the latest collaboration of director-writer duo Jan Hřebejk and Petr Jarchovský (creators of the Academy award nominated Divided We Fall). Main actress Zuzana Mauréry won Best Actress Award at Karlovy Vary film festival. A red carpet event before the opening night screening of The Teacher is under the auspices of Ambassador Pavol Šepeľák, Consul General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles.
The evening of March 23rd will also serve as the official launch of the Czech That Film traveling series that will reach 15 major cities in North America. Apart from Los Angeles, CTF will screen at participating theaters in San Francisco (CA), Salt Lake City (UT), Austin (TX), Washington D.C., Denver (CO), Dallas (TX), Atlanta (GA), Toronto (Canada), New York City, Little Rock (AK), Portland (OR), Minneapolis (MS), Chicago (IL) and Seattle (WA).
On March 26th, the leading figure of the Czech New Wave, Ivan Passer, will attend the double-feature screening of his 1965 masterpiece and feature debut, Intimate Lighting preceded by Milos Forman’s Firemen’s Ball – whose script Passer has co-written. This screening is at the New Beverly Cinema.
Established Czech Director, Filip Renč, will introduce his latest feature, Devil’s Mistress, on March 30th at USC. This drama brings back to life one of the most intriguing love stories of the 20th century, based on the turbulent life of the famous Czech actress Lída Baarová and her love affair with one of the Third Reich’s most powerful man, Joseph Goebbles, the Nazi Minister of Propaganda.
The program will also include a genre in which Czech filmmaking excels, showcasing the phenomenally crafted stop-motion animation feature Little from the Fish Shop, a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid.
On April 13th, we will present in cooperation with Chapman University the social drama Snake Brothers, by Jan Prušinovský. The moviegoers will have the opportunity to enjoy the explosive comedy Tiger Theory in the presence of its director, Radek Bajgar.
The 2017 Czech That Film Festival has also partnered with iShorts Film Festival to bring film lovers selection of critically acclaimed contemporary short Czech films.
2017 Czech That Film Festival is sponsored by: ELMA Foundation, Milk& Honey Films, the Czechoslovak Society of Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles, Jelinek, LASVIT Glass Company, Pilsner Urquell, and MEDIAPLAN PR.
For the full programming schedule, please visit the official website of the festival at: www.czechthatfilm.com