Film roundup: Czech Republic


Director: Marek Najbrt

Producers: Milan Kuchynka, Pavel Strnad

Stars: Jana Plodkova, Marek Daniel

The scoop: A $3 million drama set in Nazi-occupied Prague. In order to protect his Jewish wife, Hana, journalist Emil joins a radio station that broadcasts German propaganda. As he is drawn deeper into the world of a collaborator, the Nazi “protectorate” rule in Czechoslovakia unfolds and with it Emil’s own devolution in his relationship with his dependent wife.

Sales: None

“Three Seasons in Hell”

Director: Tomas Masin

Producers: Monika Kristlova (Dawson Prods.); Trigon Prod., Slovakia; Babelsberg Film, Germany

Stars: Krystof Hadek, Karolina Gruszka, Lubos Kostelny, Martin Huba, Tomas Tyndyk, Jan Kraus

The scoop: It is 1947 and 19-year-old poet and nonconformist Ivan Heinz, unaware of the inexorable approach of the postwar Communist juggernaut, lives a life of bohemian abandon where sexually liberated girls, erotic games and hedonism are sharply at odds with the darkening times around him. Pic was inspired by the memoirs of Egon Bondy, the poet, philosopher, writer and lyricist behind many of the hits of underground Communist-era Czech rock band the Plastic People of the Universe, which was heavily influenced by Frank Zappa and the Velvet Underground. Bondy died in 2007 at the age of 77.

Sales: None

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety