Czech film fest educates audiences

Cinephiles turn out for Summer Film School

PRAGUE — Czech cinema programmers and their future auds wrapped up nine days of crash courses July 28 at the annual fest known as the Summer Film School.

Seven decades of Brazilian film, a focus on the Caucasus, overlooked French pics and pre-1989 Czechoslovak gems filled out the program of more than 300 screenings, drawing hundreds to the sleepy town of Uherske Hradiste in the eastern Czech province of Moravia.

Non-competitive fest, first established in 1964, unspooled its 33rd edition this year; its focus continues to be educating independent exhibs and Czech auds regarding world cinema old and new. As such, it draws crowds of youths, many camping out in the shadow of former communist monuments to attend orkshops on digital editing or catch pics like Brazilian eco-doc “The Charcoal People,” about the 60,000 inhabitants of the Amazon rain forest forced to cut down trees for the iron industry.

“Things you don’t get in Brazil you find here. I’m amazed at the curiosity of the Czech people,” the pic’s producer, Marcos Prado, said of the fest’s programming mix.

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