First Czech Film Fes­ti­val in Malaysia

New Straits Times - - Entertainment - Re­port­ing by Sub­hadra De­van

KUALA LUMPUR: It’s time for the four-day in­au­gu­ral Czech Film Fes­ti­val in Klang Val­ley, with five movies from the repub­lic be­ing shown be­gin­ning Thurs­day.

The 30 screen­ings, which are free, will be held at Golden Screen Cin­e­mas (GSC) in Pav­il­ion Kuala Lumpur, Mid Val­ley Mega­mall and 1Utama Shop­ping Cen­tre.

“The Czech Repub­lic has a rich and ac­com­plished his­tory of film­mak­ing, which we would like to share with Malaysians.

“I hope this will also ad­vance our cul­tural un­der­stand­ing,” said Czech Repub­lic am­bas­sador Ru­dolf Hykl at GSC MidVal­ley re­cently.

The films are the 1996 Best Foreign Lan­guage Os­car-win­ning Kolya, 1991 Os­car-nom­i­nated El

emen­tary School , Dark Blue World, Oldies But Goldies and A Vote For The King Of The Ro­mans.

Kolya tells the story of a wom­an­is­ing bach­e­lor who ends up with a 5-year-old boy, who is left with him af­ter his younger wife flees over­seas, while Ele­men­tary

School is about the school­ing en­vi­ron­ment in Cze­choslo­vakia af­ter WW2.

“The movies are typ­i­cally Czech, with its cin­e­matog­ra­phy, witty sense of hu­mour and in­ter­est­ing di­a­logue. They por­tray life re­al­is­ti­cally, of­ten point­ing out the ab­sur­dity of hu­man be­hav­iour,” said Hykl.

As the screen­ings are free, visit par­tic­i­pat­ing GSC cin­e­mas to se­cure the tick­ets from now on­wards. For de­tails, visit

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