The 19th edition of FebioFest will offer as many films and events as in previous years, despite cutbacks in art funding. The 182 films will certainly have something for everyone, whether you are interested current politics, 3D chills or lesbians from outer space.
A smash hit at home, “Alois Nebel,” the debut mixed animation film of director Tomáš Luňák selected by the Czech Film and Television Academy (ČFTA) to compete in Best Foreign Language Film category at the 84th Annual Academy Awards — the Oscars — has failed to make that short list. It still has a chance, albeit a slim one, of taking home an Oscar in the Best Animated Film category.
Agnieszka Holland, one of Poland’s most prominent directors, in March will begin shooting a three-part film about Jan Palach, a Charles University law student who set himself on fire to protest the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion. Holland — who studied at Prague’s famous film and TV school FAMU during the Prague Spring — recently directed a film about the mythical Robin Hood-like figure Juraj Jánošík, a Slovak national hero.
Prague’s FAMU (Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts) has been named the world’s seventh best film school and tops in Europe by the US magazine The Hollywood Reporter in its annual ranking. Founded in 1947/1948, FAMU is the world’s fifth-oldest film school after those in Moscow, Berlin, Rome and Paris; among its most famous graduates are Miloš Forman, Ivan Passer, Agnieszka Holland, Emir Kusturica and Jiří Menzel.