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Czech film festival to focus on the Philippine cinematography

This year 2016, Philippine cinema was put in the spotlight in the Czech Republic’s Summer Fim School, one of the country’s biggest film festivals organized by the Association of Czech Film Clubs under the support of the Czech Prime minister Sobotka. Now in its 42nd edition, the Summer Film School, happening from the 22nd to the 30th of July, is screening seventeen of our local films, exploring the rich history and the different dimensions of the visual art in the Philippines.


A initative of the Czech Ambassador to the Philippines Jaroslav Olša, Jr. with the Film Development Council of the Philippines and Filipino production companies, Czech film audiences have the opportunity to see Philippine films of all genres and themes. One section focuses on the valuable work of our National Artist, director Lino Brocka, as four of his ouevre is presented at the festival. History is also put at the forefront in such films as Mula sa Kung Ano Ang Noon, Baler, Dekada ’70, and the highly acclaimed contemporary film Heneral Luna, by Artikulo Uno Productions. Filipino sensibilities and narratives are explored in classic genre films such as the newly remastered Ang Padrino, starring National Artist and actor Fernando Poe, Jr.,  The Gifted, and even No Other Woman, courtesy of viva entertainment. There’s also a place for Filipino arthouse cinema with the works of filmmakers Lav Diaz, Brillante Mendoza, and Raya Martin also having films shown at the festival.


The first non-European Focus since 2007, the Philippine focus is also the second and by far the biggest to happen to Czech film festivals in the last two years. In this Summer Film School, Ambassador Olša has introduced the Philippine films to the Czech filmgoers, with the Ambassador declaring, “It is the great opportunity to present wide range of Philippine culture to the Czech public.”



Film Development Council of the Philippines