Czech drama screening in Manila

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THIS masterpiece by Alice Nellis won Best Film at the Czech Lion Awards in 2007.

The Czech Embassy in Manila and the Film Development Council of the Philippines are bringing in the Czech drama Little Girl Blue (2007), awarded as the Best Film in the Czech Lion Award of 2007.

Produced by Oscar-winning director Jan Svĕrák, this film written and directed by Alice Nellis reveals a poetic tale of Julie, a 40-year-old translator in the midst of an expansive mid-life crisis in the changing city of Prague. Witness how her seemingly perfect and happy family life traverses a crossroad after one passing unveils her to impulsively reflect on her mechanical married life that led her to pursue life-altering decisions.

THE movie pays homage to the late great American jazz artist, Nina Simone.

Played by Iva Bittová, a Czech avant-garde violinist, singer and composer who started her career as an actress, Julie’s life was also filled with significant decision initiated by her choice to purchase a used piano for the vast living room. The film also stars Karel Roden, a notable Czech actor successful both in his home country and in Hollywood.

Aside from the story, the cinematography also asserts a sensible and witty portrayal of sparkly images accompanied by life thrumming tunes that perfectly frolic with each scene.

Karel Roden as Richard, a Czech actor and Iva Bittová as Julie, the 40-year-old translator.

The film is set to be screened on 16 January at 6:30 p.m. at the Cinematheque Center Manila. This is the final film for the year-long Czech Movie Gems which aim to bring award-winning movies to Filipino audiences on the occasion of 100 years of independence of Czech statehood.

Admission is free. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis, subject to capacity.

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