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15 Aug 2016 - 31 Aug 2016

Czech Film Week 2016

The already 7th edition of a festival of Czech films will this year on debut films by young and talented directors. In five towns across Israel people will have a chance to see films such as Snake Brothers, Home Care, Schmitke, Laputa, Greedy Tiffany and The Noonday Witch, as well as the documentary Koudelka Shooting Holy Land. Czech Centre Tel Aviv is also bringing four guests: actors Lucie Žáčková and David Máj, director Slávek Horák and producer Tomáš Vach.


„A director must be a policeman, a midwife, a psychoanalyst, a sycophant and a bastard.”
Billy Wilder


Dear cinema aficionados and friends of Czech movies in particular,

Summer is here and Israel is simmering in the scorching sun. And as with every August, the annual Czech Film Weeks festival is here as well, as hot as ever. Year after year we bring you a selection of the most interesting, gutsy, accomplished, provocative and ambitious Czech films from the past several months.

One thing is clear. In Czech cinematography, something is brewing, there is a breeze of fresh air. A whole new generation of Czech filmmakers is starting to present their visions and ideas, seeing the world through different eyes, with new trends emerging.

We therefore decided to devote this year’s edition of Czech Film Weeks to debuts. Except for the opening film - the much awarded Snake Brothers - all movies are by first-time directors. Some went directly for the gold, collecting Czech Academy Awards, like the mysterious yet funny Schmitke, or Home Care, a comedy-drama which was also the Czech Republic’s Oscar submission. Other ones show great promise, like the intriguing Laputa, or premiered at class A festivals, for example the modern retelling of the classic scary Czech fairy tale Noonday Witch and the cheeky flick Greedy Tiffany – seemingly superficial and silly, until it grips you and does not let go…

Since we are working hard on closing a coproduction agreement between the Czech Republic and Israel, we are delighted that some such collaborations are already taking place. Thus our selection is complemented by another debut, Koudelka Shooting Holy Land, a documentary about the famous Czech photographer Josef Koudelka by the talented Israeli helmer Gilad Baram. 

It is up to you to judge whether Billy Wilder’s definition of film directors is correct, but one thing is sure – the works of these young filmmakers will not leave you indifferent. So take your family and friends and make sure to tell them to bring along their families’ friends as well and head to the nearest cinematheque. You will not regret it.

Anyway, it is time for me to end this introduction and let the silver screen work its magic.



Lukas Pribyl
Czech Centre Tel Aviv








Program of the festival:

For tickets contact your cinematheque





Tel Aviv > 15.8. > 21:00
Jerusalem > 17.8. > 20:00
Haifa > 16.8. > 19:00
Holon > 16.8. > 20:30
Herzliya > 18.8. > 20:30

2015  |  111 minutes  |  English, Hebrew subtitles
Czech Academy Awards, best film

Guests: Lucie Žáčková, David Máj

This is a drama about people who, out of desperation, make one mistake after another while still helplessly graspingat illusion of a beautiful life. Grass Snake is a lost case. He is almost forty, he is single and unemployed and feels thatnow may be his last chance to change the course of his life. He is given an opportunity he is not going to miss. Hisbrother, Cobra, is a nutcase, an irresponsible, childish junkie who still lives with their drunkard mother. His plans aremagnificent in theory, but to make a living, he robs vacation cabins. When Grass seems to be finally reaching a pointof happiness, Cobra appears. Grass wants to give his brother a lesson, but quite fast the situation gets out of hand.

Story and screenplay: Jaroslav Žváček
Direction: Jan Prušinovský
Director of Photography: Petr Koblovský
Sound: Matěj Matuška, Michal Čech
Script editing: Petr Jarchovský
Producer: Ondřej Zima, Jan Prušinovský (OFFSIDE MEN)
Cast: Matěj Hádek, Kryštof Hádek, Jan Hájek, Lucie Polišenská, Lucie Žáčková, Jana Šulcová, David Máj...




Tel Aviv > 16.8. > 21:00
Jerusalem > 22.8. > 20:00
Haifa > 21.8. > 21:00
Holon > 23.8. > 20:30
Herzliya > 19.8. > 21:30

2015  |  90 minutes  |  English, Hebrew subtitles
Czech country nominee for Oscars, Czech Academy Awards

Guest: Slávek Horák, the film’s director and producer

In this dramatic story with comedy features, Vlasta, a nurse, is forced to realize it is her who needs to be taken care of now as she is seriously ill. Vlasta is a dedicated selfless nurse, who has been taking care of many peculiar patients within her job in South Moravia. When she learns it is her turn to get some help, she has to look outside her familiar environment. A daughter of one of her patients and her esoteric mentor help Vlasta discover the world of alternative health care and maybe even her own self. Yet Vlasta’s husband, Lada, is not very happy, as he does not believe in this “nonsense”. Vlasta thus has to face both her own illness and her husband’s common “sense”.

Story, screenplay, direction: Slávek Horák
Cinematography: Jan Šťastný
Sound: Juraj Baláž, Peter Surový
Script editing: Jan Gogola
Costumes: Natálie Steklová
Producer: Slávek Horák (TVORBA films)
Co-production: Michal Kollár (Sokol Kollár), Viktor Tauš (Fog´n´desire Films), Prokop Svoboda (Svoboda&Williams),
Česká televize, RTVS, Fond kinematografie, AVF, Nadace RWE
Production: TVORBA films




Tel Aviv > 25.8. > 21:00
Jerusalem > 29.8. > 19:00
Haifa > 28.8. > 19:00
Holon > 30.8. > 18:00
Herzliya > 27.8. > 18:00

2014, Czech Republic / Germany   |  94 min  |  English, Hebrew subtitles

Guest: Tomáš Vach, producer

Reticent engineer Julius Schmitke is a whizz at anything wind turbine-related. He sets off with his verbose colleague for the Czech side of the Ore Mountains in order to fix a creaking old wind turbine. Out there in the remote woodlands Schmitke senses something is calling out to him, something mysterious that has started to permeate his very being. “Some people call this the Czech Twin Peaks,” says debut director Štěpán Altrichter, “since, as in David Lynch’s show, strangers come to a small town where some sort of system is already in place and the locals aren’t very keen on the idea of intruders sticking their nose in their affairs.” The filmmaker cast Peter Kurth in the role of Schmitke who, apart from his theatre work, is familiar from the TV crime series “Crime Scene” (“Tatort”) and films by Andreas Dresen. In Schmitke Altrichter concocts an absurd Nordic atmosphere, taking his heroes into the barren mountains and observing their actions in statically depersonalised shots chilled with cold hues.


Direction: Štěpán Altrichter
Camera: Cristian Pîrjol
Script: Jan Fusek, Tomáš Končinský, Štěpán Altrichter
Story: Tomáš Končinský
Edition: Phillip Wenning, Andrea Schumacher
Music: Johannes Repka
Sound: Christoph de la Chevallerie, Philipp Schneider
Cast: Peter Kurth, Johann Jürgens, Helena Dvořková, Jakub Žáček, Petr Vršek, Lana Cooper, Johana Schmidtmajerová




Tel Aviv > 21.8. > 21:00
Jerusalem > 23.8. > 21:00
Haifa > 25.8. > 21:00
Holon > 25.8. > 20:30
Herzliya > 31.8. > 20:30

2016  |  90 min  |  English, Hebrew subtitles 

A story of Eliska and her daughter, starting a new life in a remote house with the 'father away on business', as the mother claims. After the lie is disclosed, their relationship begins to wither. At that time, the mythical Noonday Witch begins to materialize. She is coming closer and closer and the question is poised: is the danger real or is it all in the mother's crumbling head?



Direction: Jiří Sádek
Screenplay: Michal Samir
Camera: Alexander Šurkala
Music: Ben Corrigan
Cast: Aňa Geislerová, Karolína Lipowská, Daniela Kolářová, Zdeněk Mucha, Jiří Štrébl, Marie Ludvíková, Tomáš
Bambušek, Halka Třešňáková




Tel Aviv > 18.8. > 22:00
Jerusalem > 21.8. > 21:30
Haifa > 19.8. > 16:30
Holon > 24.8. > 20:30

2015  |  80 minutes  |  English, Hebrew subtitles

A horror comedy about a petty thief whose rather uneventful life changes due to the discovery of an old video camera, his curiosity and the desire to find a treasure. Pepa spends most of his time in pubs. To earn a living, he breaks into cottages and sells the loot in pawn shops. He is once almost caught red handed and when escaping, he happens to find an old video camera. The last recording seems to be showing a path to a dreamy treasure. Pepa is immediately caught - he needs to find it. Yet he soon realizes that it will cost him much more than many hours of digging, as the price is higher than he thought.


Story, screenplay, direction: Andy Fehu
Cinematography: Jakub Ševčík
Music: Mojmír Měchura
Editing: Michal Böhm, Andy Fehu
Sound: Jan Kalužný
Costumes: Jana Jurčová
Producer: Filip Brouk, Filip Čermák (Company F)
Production: Company F
Cast: Leoš Noha, Jiří Panzner, Pjeer van Eck, Petr Čtvrtníček, Jitka Pavlišová, Vojtěch Johaník




Tel Aviv > 22.8. > 21:00
Jerusalem > 24.8. > 21:30
Haifa > 20.8. > 19:00
Holon > 31.8. > 20:30
Herzliya > 26.8. > 21:30

2015  |   93 minutes  |  English, Hebrew subtitles

Laputa is a love drama, taking place in the eponymous café, where Johanka, the main character, spends all her free time. For her, Laputa is the island she both does and doesn’t want to leave. While her friends come and then go to live their own lives, Johanka stays, surrounded by beer glasses as silent witnesses of the vanity of it all. She built this café for people who know how to live fully; each of them has an idea, a need, or their own selfishness. Johanka is there for and with them all, yet she is alone and insecure. She is all lost in the big scary adult life. Will she be able to feel complete on her own? And feel happy?


Screenplay: Lucie Bokšteflová
Direction: Jakub Šmíd
Cinematography: Vidu Gunaratna
Music: Pavel Kopecký
Editing: Tomáš Vrána
Sound: Jiří Gráf
Production design: David Dubenský
Costumes: Marie Mukařovská
Producer: Viktor Schwarcz, Veronika Schwarczová (CineArt TV Prague)
Co-producer: Česká televize
Production: CineArt TV Prague
Cast: Tereza Voříšková, Igor Orozovič, Petr Stach, Luboš Veselý, Pavel Gajdoš, Ivana Chýlková, Klára Melíšková...




Tel Aviv > 17.8. > 19:00
Jerusalem > 25.8. > 21:15
Haifa > 18.8. > 21:00
Holon > 22.8. > 20:30

2015  |  72 min  |  Hebrew, Arabic and English  |  Hebrew & English subtitles

The film follows Czech photographer Josef Koudelka on his journey photographing Israel and Palestine from one enigmatic and visually spectacular location to the next. In each location - soon to become a new “Koudelka Photo” - a scene unfolds, gradually introducing us to Koudelka’s method of working, his perception of the world he is documenting and the people he encounters. A fascinating dialogue emerges between the moving images Baram films and Koudelka’s still photographs, as Baram places the photographer in his own breathtaking compositions. Austere images of landscape divided by concrete walls and barbed wire reveal the tragic absurdity of the infamous conflict.


Director: Gilad Baram





Special thanks / general partner




Cinematheques: Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Holon, Herzliya

From: 15 Aug 2016
To: 31 Aug 2016


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