Director bids to join Czech senate

Troska is known for fairy tale pics

MOSCOW — A Czech filmmaker with a reputation for directing lavish children’s fairy tales is to stand for the country’s senate on a social democrat ticket.

Zdenek Troska, who is currently shooting fairy tale “The Most Beautiful Riddle” (Nejkrasnejsi hadance) at Prague’s Barrandov studios, said Monday that he intended to stand as a candidate for the Czech upper house of parliament for the social democratic party the CSSD.

Troska told Czech daily Mlada fronta dnes: “I (shall) try to facilitate and improve the every day life of the people,” adding that he would continue making films.

Earlier this year Troska, whose films revolve around fantasy lands populated by princesses and goblins, was among several dozen Czech cultural and academic leaders who signed a petition requesting the country’s president Vaclav Klaus and government to support a demand for a referendum on the placing of U.S. “Star Wars” radar bases on Czech territory.

Troska’s films include 2001’s “Goblins and Good Luck 2” and 1994’s “The Princess from the Mill.”

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