Finále gathers the Best of Czech
by Sakis Kontos
If you are looking for a place where you can watch all of the Czech film production of the 2006-07 season in one go then look no further than Pilsen (Plzen), where the twentieth edition of the traditional Finále – Festival of Czech Films is taking place, April 23-28.
All of the 21 Czech films produced in the last calendar year are in competition for the festival’s Golden Kingfisher, including Box Office hits Jirí Menzel’s I Served the King of England [+see also:
film profile] (Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále) and Jirí Vejdelek’s Holiday Makers (Úcastníci zájezdu). Jan Sverák’s most recent record breaking Empties [+see also:
film profile] (Vratné lahve) is also shown but out of competition as to not harm to its chances in the official competition of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
And there is also a taste of things to come as the Czech Film Centre, in a separate event, traditionally presents the Czech feature films in development or already in production.
In twenty years of existence Finále never had it easy, living in the shadow of the more prestigious Karlovy Vary Festival. It had to reinvent itself, focusing on the national production. But it can now pride itself as the only event gathering the lot of the Czech feature and documentary production of the 12 months leading to the event.
The festival has already presented itself with a suitable present for its anniversary. It has decided to cut down on the number of prizes handed out. This year only two statutory awards will be given – a Golden Kingfisher for Best Film and a Golden Kingfisher for Best Documentary.
Veteran Czech Actress Iva Janzurova chairs the international jury which will decide the winner.
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