Daily news - 26.7.2010
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Adorers and hooligans
Olaf Möller, German film critic, is back. Year ago he was initiating Austrian films, this year he is here both as a football expert and as a fan. He completed both his roles during his lecture called Image of a Football Fan in European Film since 1980s, but he also mentioned older works like The Dream of a Football Fan. “Football fan became the subject matter of films only after stadiums lost their primary role – it was taken by television, which isolated fans from their football clubs”, Möller said. From films presented in Hradiště he recommended especially The Firm by Alan Clark: “The film is on of the few that don’t connect hooligans with lower class”. Möller also appealed to the audience not to miss Ken Loach and his football films.
Together with Kooky an interesting man who affected its graphic figure came to Hradiště: Jakub Dvorský, head of Amanita Design studio, which is famous in particular for visually aromatic flash games Samorost and Machinarium. Via slideshow and “live” trailers Dvorský introduced mainly Machinarium and allow the audience look behind its scenes.
From a film fan’s point of view the most interesting thing was a set of graphic designs for “underground, noncommercial sci-fi by Darren Aronovsky”, that was supposed to be made in the Czech Republic, but unfortunately went bankrupt.
Way hay, let the data run!
Reduta was missing the smell of rum, but it was compensated by five guests headed by the president of Czech Pirate Party Ivan Bartoš as a part of forum Causa: film piracy. As the introduction a bizarrely cruel shot from the third part of The Pirates of the Caribbean was presented. In the shot people from India Trading Company, who are against human rights, execute pirates of all age and sex, including children.
The film is (from Bartoš’s point of view) “one of approximately five hundred that I own in legal copy compared to ten I have in avi, because you can’t buy them”. There was a subsequent discussion, among others with Petr Vítek from Prague cinema Aero (“The biggest problem for a distributional company is to present a big commercial film, when people start saying it is bad. As a little art distribution, it helps us when people start saying it is good.”), in which a lot of sensitive topics were discussed, like moral boundary between steal and the right to absorb a piece of art and new forms of distribution.
Masked madman with electric sounds
The Phantom of the Opera was haunting again, at Hvězda cinema. But not accompanied by Andrew Lloyd Weber or underground organ, but with live score by project The Autumnist. Electro multi-genre mix remarkably corresponded with the silent film. The collection of sounds and effect by Vlado Ďurajka showed modernity of the film from 1925, which contains seventeen beautiful colored minutes! Drama about a love triangle among a singer, an aristocrat and a madman also remembered about premature death of its main star – Lon Chaney. During the whole film he keeps his face covered with a mask that he had designed by himself. Its tremendousness proves Chaney’s rich experience with horror films.
Revealed faces of political trials
Thirty faces painted with a marker on collage made out of sentences and annotations of causes are hanged at first floor in Klub Kultury from today. All of them belong to judges and public prosecutors. Exhibition Malík Urvi II has the same goal as Malík Urvi I ten years ago – to show how many people, who were in service of the totalitarian state, still keep their posts. And to evoke a discussion about what the influence of regime on one’s responsibility is.
Adolescence at special time
Its reputation as Polish Pelíšky and domestic hit brought full house into Mír to watch “punk rock “tragicomedy All That I Love. Jack Borcuch’s film remembers (without nostalgia and a bit more seriously than Hřebejk’s comedy) about times of movement Solidarity which resulted in a special time. Time, in which the main character, son of a member of People’s Army of Poland Janek has to grow up. Janek is acted by young star Mateusz Kościukiewicz, who was awarded Crystal Globe for his role of parricide in Mother Teresa of Cats.