Society
Brian Kenety|16.09.2011

Iconic Czech film director Otakar Vávra dies aged 100

Known as “the father of Czech cinema,” Otakar Vávra directed over 50 films in his lifetime — under both the Nazi occupation and Communist regime — and helped found Prague’s famous academy FAMU, where he taught the craft to generations of filmmakers, including “Czech New Wave” masters like Věra Chytilová, Miloš Forman and Jiří Menzel (both Oscar winners), and a decade later, Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica.

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Society
Brian Kenety|01.08.2011

Czech FAMU named world’s No.7 best film school

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.

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Arts & Leisure
Guest Writer|26.07.2011

Kusturica among star draws at 37th Summer Film School

Apart from the annual showcase of art films, the Summer Film School at Uherské Hradiště will provide an opportunity to learn more about film history, theory and practice directly from the filmmakers of the likes of Emir Kusturica, Aki Kaurismäki and Apichatpong Weerasethakul while showcasing their work and reflecting on Romanian cinema, post-WWII French film, Czech military propaganda and “War on Terror” themes in film.

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