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The Summer Film School has been since always perceived as an innovative festival which is not based on competitive sections or red carpets, unlike other festivals. Various tendencies, trends and ambitions of the program were leading to an obvious emphasis on one particular theme which was dominating during in single years. Development of the Summer Film School tends to focus on more obvious segmentation of the program, on emphasis on lines and motivations of the selection of particular cycles and films.

Programs and cycles, which are focused on compact presentation of several genres, types and themes of educative conceived programs, will be one separate priority of this year's Summer Film School.

Cooperating with academic institutions and authorities (historians, archivists and explorers) we are preparing varied supporting program, which should create natural informative and discussion context.

Focus: Iceland

Regular program section Focus will show us history, present and most important personalities of one particular national cinematography. After Austria, presented in 2009, the revelatory cinematography of the island of permanent ice – Iceland will be presented this year.

Focus: Iceland will present relatively young cinematography – systematic production of feature films didn’t exist there until the eighties. The final break-through of the Icelandic film was in the nineties – film makers like Fridrik Thor Fridriksson and Baltasar Kórmakur began collecting awards at biggest world festivals during this decade. Icelandic film hasn’t lost anything from its attractiveness or audience popularity in the new millennium – young film makers such as Dagun Kári, Robert Ingi Douglas and Rúnar Runarsson are continuing in Fridriksson’s and Kórmakur’s success.

Program section Focus: Iceland will present complete history of Icelandic cinematography since silent Nordic co-productions shot on Iceland, over first achievements of Icelandic film in the eighties to nowadays. One important part of section Focus: Iceland will be thematic and genre collection of films which are focused on characteristic elements of Icelandic cinematography – Viking sagas, musical films and national comedy films. The section will be completed by retrospectives of important Icelandic film-makers.

Spectrum: New Latin Film

The term “New Latin Film” goes back to the sixties of past century. Program of this year’s SFS will be focused on the supreme period of this boom, which covers especially films from last 15-20 years. Most of these films have been awarded at festivals all over the world. Several directors have already entered their names into the evolution of world cinematography by using their new different attitude.

Cult films, among others Love is a Bitch (Alejandro González Iñárritu), And Your Mother Too (Alfonso Cuarón) and Japan (Carlos Reygadas) will be presented. Main attention will be given to Mexico and Argentina, but we also want to explore neglected cinematographies – such as Columbian.

The selection of Argentinean cinematography has been created by support and co-operation with Argentinean Film Critic Association and a member of its chairmanship Pablo De Vita. The Association was founded in 1942 at Mar del Plata Film Festival (A-category festival).

Spectrum: Football Fever

Section Football Fever will show the world most popular sport as the object of various forms of fans’ adoration. The section will focus on partial themes of football fans and on classification of possible forms of relationships you can have to this team game: from good obsession by football (The Cup, Fever Pitch and Looking for Eric) to the issue of rowdies, hooligans and other “football” violence (Why?, Football Factory, I.D.). Program section Football Fever reacts to the phenomenon of football as a sport that connects all countries and territories of the world and, with its continuation to the World Championship in South Africa, gains the accent of extremely topical problem. One part of the section will be lectures by domestic and foreign experts and further associated program.

Inventory: Jacques Tati

This year’s Summer Film School will remind us the work of French director and comedian Jacques Tati in a complex retrospective. We will present not only Tati’s famous film with the leading character Mr. Hulot (Mr. Hulot’s Holiday, My Uncle, Playtime), but also his less known films which were directed by Jacques Tati as well as films in which he played. All Tati’s films will be presented by using restored 35 mm copies, the audience will also be able to get to know the american version of film My Uncle, which gained Tati an Academy Award. Football documentary Forza Bastia will connect Tati’s retrospective with the section Football Fever

Inventory: Unknown Rainer Werner Fassbinder

The objective of the retrospective of one of the most important directors in the world cinematography history is to show the audience the compact context of Fassbinder’s work. Forty films by this director will be presented during the festival, while Fassbinder’s retrospective will be divided into two years of the Summer Film School (2010 and 2011). The first part of the collection is called Unknown Rainer Werner Fassbinder and will present less known work the film maker’s work, most of it will be presented in the Czech Republic for the very first time. The collection of feature films will be filled in by a selection of director’s television films and an exhibition of unique photos which observes Fassbinder’s work will be presented as a part of the associated program.

The project of Fassbinder’s retrospectives is important with its integrity in which his work will be presented to the audience – unique is not only extend of the show (40 feature films divided into two years of the SFS), but also the number of Fassbinder’s film that have not been presented so far. The audience of the Summer Film School will (during the two years) get the chance to discover the complete work of this distinct German film maker, context of the films will be extended by the attendance of Fassbinder’s co-workers as well as by the associated events.

Inventory: Film Reading-book - Film Noir

We will focus on the tradition of film noir in this year’s regular section Film Reading-book (from the Inventory cycle) which is supposed to fill in attendances’ knowledge of the history of world cinematography. This genre, typical of America, will be presented by a representative selection which covers the period from the thirties to nowadays. The objective is to present film noir in its integrity. That means this will be the first such a big exhibition of the genre in the Czech Republic; it was started by presenting a mini collection of films in this year’s Project 100 (The Big Sleep, I Hired a Contract Killer and The Man from London).


Visegrad Horizon

Program section Visegrad Horizon will present complex program focused on four countries of the area of Central Europe (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary). The section will also contain retrospectives of historic personalities and contemporary talents from particular cinematographies (Béla Tarr, Ján Kadár, Stanislav Szomolányi, Robert Gliński), profiles of unknown and half-forgotten figures (Ivan Fíla, Mariusz Wilczynski) as well as dramatically prepared thematic cycles (Wild Nineties, Rewriting the Past). Films from the last year of these countries will be presented as well. Inseparable part of Visegrad Horizon is Panorama of fFilm Criticism, which completes context of the cycle by adding opinions of film publicists and theorists from important periodicals of these countries.

Visegrad Legend: Ján Kadár

Together with colleagues from the Association of Slovak Film Clubs and Slovak Film Institute an extensive retrospective of Slovak director Ján Kadár will be presented. Kadár’s retrospective will contain his films shot in Czechoslovakia together with Elmar Klos (Death is Called Engelchen, Shop on Main Street and Desire Called Anada) and a selection of his American films (The Angel Levine, Lies My Father Told Me).


Visegrad Theme: Wild Nineties

Collection of films selected by programmer Jaroslav Sedláček will present a dozen films that represent possible forms of domestic cinematography in the nineties. We will present unique and freak films that came out of the troubled times after the revolution (The Canary Connection, and Don Gio) as well as wrongly forgotten magnificent films from this decade which seems to be near and distant at the same time (Horror Story, The Bed).


Rewriting the Past: Normalization of every day

In this year’s continue of regular cycle Rewriting the Past we want to show various forms of artistic capturing (or purpose-built construction) of everyday life, contemporary facts and social relationships in the time called Normalization. To show the usual days of people in Czechoslovakia in the seventies and eighties. Some of the situations presented in these days can be seen nowadays too, some have radically changed, some have disappeared. Petty crime, problems of pop-music world, violence of sport fans, revolts of the youth, intergeneration relationships, life on the margin of the society. But also mass flat construction, prosperity of cooperative agriculture, attractiveness of apprentice education, Bolshevik manners, socialistic competitions of working class collectives, the lives of conscripts in barracks.

Films with live music

Presenting silent films with live music accompaniment as a compact festival section has slowly but surely become a tradition of the Summer Film School. Neither this year will the audience be deprived of silent era gems that will be presented in very attractive form. Objective of this section is not only to present silent films accompanied by live music as something exotic and unorthodox, we also want to focus on valuable silent films, “renovated” by using contemporary music, which seems to be very workable connection after two years existence of this section. At the same time we have the ambition of presenting not only world-famous films, considered to be classic, we want to discover less famous and half-forgotten films and open them to the audience.

AČFK presents

Association of Czech Film Clubs (AČFK) as the organizer of SFS is irreplaceable on Czech distributional market and that SFS is an especial place for presenting film reprises, premieres and previews of films heading for Czech distribution (with guests). SFS 2010 will offer a complete overview of activities of AČFK as a distributor from the fall of 2009 to the fall 2010. We will present (among others) films A Town Called Panic, Fish Tank, Hadewijch and Me Too as well as distributional acquisition of AČFK for the second half of 2010.



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