SECTION: SPOTLIGHT ČESKO

Films from Czechoslovakia and today's Czech Republic have proven hits amongst festival audiences since the FilmFestival Cottbus was founded; these number the laconic comedies from award-winning Petr Zelenka in the 1990s and the multifaceted mentality study NATIONAL STREET, which was in fact shown on German cinema screens this summer. Ever since the international success of the “New Wave” at the end of the 1960s a sensitive, subtly ironic look at social absurdities, political power relations and personal sensitivities have all numbered amongst the stand-out features of Czechoslovak and Czech cinema. Television has also become an important player on the production landscape. Spotlight Česko features a selection of current Czech films; from the enigmatic historical biopic HAVEL via the tongue-in-cheek documentary comedy LOST COAST to the highly emotional father-daughter animated drama DAUGHTER. BB

Spotlight Česko is presented in cooperation with Finále Plzeň Festival and is generously supported by the Czech-German Fund for the Future.

Droneman

Droneman

Modelár

Petr Zelenka
Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Slovenia / 2020 / 109 min
Pavel and his buddy Plech can look behind the scenes with their drones, and not only that of film-sets. While the cautious Plech finds self-expression as a rapper, upright Pavel is involved in a dangerous political matter. A somewhat disillusioned ...
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Actor (Ep. 1)

Actor (Ep. 1)

Herec

Peter Bebjak
Slovakia, Czech Republic / 2020 / 77 min
Prague, 1952. Stanislav is a talented amateur actor. He is forced to make a name for himself with roles in Stalinist propaganda pieces. Yet he plans more: he wants to move on to a prestigious theatre and play the roles of characters from the ...
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Actor (Ep. 2)

Actor (Ep. 2)

HEREC

Peter Bebjak
Slovakia, Czech Republic / 2020 / 83 min
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Actor (Ep. 3)

Actor (Ep. 3)

HEREC

Peter Bebjak
Slovakia, Czech Republic / 2020 / 77 min
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A Certain Kind of Silence

A Certain Kind of Silence

Tiche doteky

Michal Hogenauer
Czech Republic, Netherlands, Latvia / 2019 / 96 min
Power and manipulation. Michaela takes up a position as an au pair abroad. Living together with the aloof family soon turns into a nightmare. Behind designer furniture, well-tended gardens and a strictly regulated daily routine, a psychological abyss ...
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HAVEL

HAVEL

HAVEL

Slávek Horák
Czech Republic / 2020 / 104 min
A biopic about the playwright and dissident Václav Havel which manages to authentically capture the atmosphere of the period between the 1960s and 1980s in Czechoslovakia and at the same time recalls the life of an upright man and subsequent ...
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FIBONACCI

FIBONACCI

FIBONACCI

Tomáš Hubáček
/ 2020 / 9 min
An intoxicating dance performance in the magical landscape of Moravian Tuscany. A herd of people sweeps through dry fields. Dust swirls in the blazing light of the low sun. A hunter lies in wait unnoticed and aims at the dancing crowd.
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DAUGHTER

DAUGHTER

DCERA

Daria Kashcheeva
Czech Republic / 2019 / 15 min
A daughter by her father's deathbed. Memories come flooding back: of how he couldn't find the time to help her save a bird, since otherwise the pasta would have been over-cooked. How disappointed she was. A protocol of a search for intimacy, ...
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Lost Coast

Lost Coast

Ztracený břeh

Jíří Zykmund
Czech Republic / 2020 / 78 min
A community of fishermen and their modest refuges on one bank of the dam, crowds engaged in consumption at a folk festival on the other. Only the rows of toilets are the same. With the expulsion of the idiosyncratic fishermen from their paradise, the ...
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Don't Be a Pussy

Don't Be a Pussy

Nebát se niceho

Jakub Jirásek
/ 2019 / 20 min
Two fearless young girls hoping to make it big on the internet. This short film for adults voices media criticism in an anarchic fashion, thus following in the tradition of the best Czech children's films.
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The Banger

The Banger

Bourák

Ondrej Trojan
/ 2020 / 105 min
A dark romantic gangster comedy from the Czech Republic: car mechanic Bourák loves both rock ’n’ roll and his Elvis quiff and has never wanted to grow up. His daughter would like to have a more responsible father. In Šlukdorf however time has ...
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