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August 4, 2021

New Czech film festival

The Romanian Director’s New Cinema (3, Monetariei Street) hosts, Friday to Sunday, the Czech film festival “Off the mainstream: A new (new) Czech wave?”.

For the time of the festival, the public will have a chance to watch Czech films which have collected international awards and accolades although they are, more often than not, indie productions, which relied on no or little commercial support. “These Czech productions have made a comeback on the stage of international festivals, while mainstream films usually have to settle for home viewers,” according to a joint release signed by Rene Kubasek, the director of the Czech Centre in Bucharest, and Mircea Dan Duta, the director of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Prague, the two organizers of the event.

The festival kicks off today, at 7pm, with a free access special screening of Vaclav Kadrnka’s feature film debut, “80 Letters”, which made quite an impression in this year’s edition of the Berlinale. Seven other productions are scheduled for this weekend, including “Baba”, voted the Best Film in the Cinefoundation section of the 2008 Cannes film festival, or the satirical comedy “Nothing against Nothing”, which premiered, to great acclaim, in this year’s edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Tickets are on sale at RON 7, respectively, RON 10 for two, while a full festival pass costs RON 20. You can find the festival’s programme on the Czech Centre’s website.

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