'White Countess' makes Czech premiere

PRAGUE — Prague’s Febio Film Festival wrapped Friday, having scored the biggest turnout yet in its 14-year history.

More than 50,000 discounted tickets were sold to crowds, who took over the Village Cinemas multiplex in the city’s up-and-coming Andel district for nine days.

Though not competitive, fest saw Polish actor Daniel Olbrychski take the kudo for contribution to world cinema, while Sophie Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette” was the hottest ticket.

Fest closed with the Czech premiere of James Ivory’s “The White Countess,” whose story amid the Bolshevik revolution in China is of interest to post-Communist, consumer-mad Czechs.

Febio now tours other Czech cities on its way to Slovakia, the home of founder Fero Fenic.

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