At the opening ceremony of Febiofest, “Professor Snape” from Harry Potter, Alan Rickman will receive the Kristian award and introduce his new film, A Little Chaos, starring Kate Winslet.
The festival is publishing the program today, ticket sales begin on March 11th
Alan Rickman in A Little Chaos
At the opening ceremony of the International Film Festival Prague – Febiofest, the Kristian award for contribution to world cinema will not only be awarded to actress Kim Novakand Oscar-winning director Jean-Jacques Annaud, but also to one of today’s best British actors, Alan Rickman. Febiofest will begin on March 19th with a magnificent costume spectacle from the period of King Louis XIV (the Sun King), A Little Chaos, starring and directed by Rickman. Febiofest's second opening film will be the latest film by Annaud, Wolf Totem. The festival is also publishing the complete program today, which will include Poland 44, a section dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, and the competition section of New Europe. For the very first time, the program is also available through the Febiofest Mobile App. Tickets will go on sale on March 11th.
Alan Rickman, one of the best contemporary British actors, the winner of the Golden Globe and Emmy for the leading role in Rasputin, well known as Professor Snape from the Harry Potter films, and an actor of many faces, devoted the first half of his career to the stage. Rickman also debuted in the 1990s as a director with the critically acclaimed The Winter Guest, starring Emma Thompson. Febiofest visitors will have the first opportunity to see his second directorial venture, A Little Chaos, in its Czech pre-premiere. Rickman also stars opposite Kate Winslet in this exquisitely staged romance about the creation of the Versailles gardens during the rule of Louis XIV (the Sun King). Rickman has portrayed many roles; the role of the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves earned him the Bafta award, he also played in Love Actually and Sense and Sensibility, and he is also well-known for his role as the evil Hans Gruber in the 1980s hit, Die Hard.
The festival's second day will welcome the internationally acclaimed Israeli director, Eran Riklis, whose first films were presented at Berlinale and Venice in the 1990s. His Tribute section at Febiofest includes four films. The Syrian Bride, won the audience prize at Locarno, observes the bureaucratic difficulties of wedding guests in the area of the Israeli-Syrian border in the Golan Heights. Riklis won a similar award at Berlinale for Lemon Tree about a Palestinian widow who wants to prevent her lemon tree from being cut down by her new neighbour, the Israeli Minister of Defence. The festival visitors will also see Riklis' tragicomedy, The Human Resources Manager, and Dancing Arabs – the story of a Palestinian youth growing up in a Jewish environment – which is currently nominated for four annual awards of the Israeli Film Academy, including the one for the best leading actor.
In cooperation with the Polish Institute in Prague, Febiofest will introduce the Poland 44 section on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. The section will attempt to deal with the most tragic national experience of the 20th century through answering the question of whether film serves to strengthen or destroy national myths, and will portray the experience of war even to generations which haven't lived through it. Two views of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 will be presented by Andrzej Wajda's Canal, and an eagerly awaited epic war film, City 44 by young Jan Komasa about a love story between young rebels against the backdrop of the destruction of Warsaw. Jan Łomnicki's classic picture, Operation Arsenal, and Stones for the Rampart by Robert Gliński are adaptations of the same story of the history of the Scout anti-Nazi movement. The section is completed by Andrzej Munk's Eroica, a film that tears down national myths, and a unique contemporary pseudo-documentary consisting of colourised archival shots accompanied by a soundtrack, called Warsaw Uprising. City 44, Stones for the Rampart, and Warsaw Uprising will be screened in the Czech Republic for the first time. The films of the Poland 44 section will be introduced by a special guest, Jan Ołdakowski, the director of the Warsaw Uprising Museum, which initiated and produced the film Warsaw Uprising.
Unusual characters and their feelings of loneliness, displacement, exclusion, social handicaps and exclusivity appearing from Iceland to Africa – this is the list of the central motives of this year's New Europe competition. The main protagonist of Patrick's Day suffers from schizophrenia, yet his condition unexpectedly improves when he falls in love. Love also plays a pivotal role in the British X+Y, as autistic Nathan takes part in the Olympiad in China, where he meets beautiful Mei. Aerobics: A Love Story brings together two mentally handicapped people who want to be on television with their own show dedicated to aerobics. Displacement is a key feeling for the protagonists of the Finnish They Have Escaped, who decide to run from a youth detention centre. African refugees are the focus of Hope, while The Kindergarten Teacher sees a miraculous child create mature poems at the age of five. A lighter note is provided by Pause, a romantic comedy about an introverted musician, or a poetic fairy-tale for adults, Liza, the Fox-Fairy. The Czech representative in this year's competition is the debut Schmitke about an ageing German engineer who is sent to the Czech borderland to repair a wind power plant turbine, and we can also find a bit of Czech influence in Life in a Fishbowl, an Icelandic-Czech co-production drama.
World Cinema Panorama, will offer a total of 17 films, dedicates about one-third of its time to British cinema. Several films also represent Poland, whose cinema is currently on the rise. Probably the most distinctive Polish filmmaker currently, Wojciech Smarzowski, who had his tribute at Febiofest five years ago, directed a powerful story about a writer struggling with the demon of alcohol, The Mighty Angel. The festival will also present the latest film by legendary Polish director, Krzysztof Zanussi, Foreign Body, which was the opening film of the prestigious Toronto film festival last year. Zanussi was awarded the Kristian award in 2001. Our selection of last year's most interesting productions includes the latest film by Carlos Vermuta, Magical Girl. The unusual drama with elements of a thriller received the awards for Best Film and Best Director in San Sebastian. Michael Winterbottom, a productive British filmmaker who has won awards in Cannes and Berlin, returns a few years into the past in his latest film. The Face of an Angel, inspired by the story of an American student charged with the murder of her roommate, boasts a star cast including Kate Beckinsale and Daniel Brühl. The Australian continent will be represented by the greatest of stars at this year's Febiofest: Hollywood mega-star, Russell Crowe, who will be in the role of director this year with his debut The Water Diviner, where he also plays opposite Bond girl Olga Kurylenko.
This year, the visitors will have the opportunity to check the program via the Febiofest Mobile App, available for download at Google Play Store and App Store. Apart from the program, it will offer trailers, information about the films, news, and updates. It will also enable notifications for the individual screenings in advance, thanks to its ability to synchronize with the mobile calendar. The Android version will be available as of March 2nd, the iPhone version on March 10th.
The International Film Festival Prague – Febiofest will take place from March 19th to 27th. More information and the program are available at www.febiofest.cz
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