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CZECH THAT FILM Festival is back!

Czech Film Madness Starts in April!

by Michal Sedlacek,

Director of the Festival

March 30, 2016

The Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka will open the annual Czech That Film Festival in Roxie Theater in San Francisco on April 4, 2016 and than movie theaters across the US will follow the suit.

The long wait is finally over. The annual Czech That Film festival is coming back this spring. Starting in San Francisco this time, the festival will offer a highly regarded slate of new Czech movies. Now in its fifth year, this showcase of the best what the current Czech cinema has to offer will reach 18 major American cities and for the first time also the capital of Canada – Ottawa. We are honored that the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, H. E. Bohuslav Sobotka will open this annual celluloid celebration that will include various selection of Czech features, including a documentary, animated movie for children and adults alike and one archival classic - “The Invention of Destruction” by renowned animator Karel Zeman - the most successful film in the Czech moviemaking history.

The Czech Prime Minister Sobotka will join the audience in Roxie Theater in San Francisco for the question and answer session after the Opening Night film “Life according to Havel” by the Czech director Andrea Sedláčková on April 4, 2016. This documentary paints an elegant portrait of the playwright, dissident and President, the late Václav Havel, whose life was rich in paradoxes and meant so much to his country.

This highly anticipated film series will also include the Czech entry in this year’s Oscar competition “Home Care” directed by Stanislav Horák who will visit many of the participating cities as a special guest of the festival and will discuss with the audiences all over the United States the making of his acclaimed title. "The Czech That Film Festival is a fantastic project which contributes to the promotion of Czech cinema in the United States. I heard many positive remarks regarding the festival from my fellow directors and I look forward to participating in the festival with my debut Home Care,” said the director Slavek Horak. Besides above mentioned three titles, the fest will also include “The Way Out”, a drama by Petr Václav which represented the Czech Republic at the Cannes film festival last year, the successful Czech – German coproduction “Schmitke”, the directorial debut of Vojtěch Kotek “Fifty” and the political thriller about Czech Mafioso “GangsterKa”. The little ones as well as the adults will enjoy “The Little Man”, the unconventional fairy tale that continues a long tradition of superb Czech live-action puppet features.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the many special events!

Michal Sedláček

Director of the festival

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