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Days of European Film

The Days of European Film is the one and only film festival in the Czech Republic that concentrates only on European films. For the 24th time it presents the best of European cinematography of the last few years. The festival presents more than 50 films in 100 screenings devided into thematical sections, that are reflecting the current situation of European society. 

DEF: he Man of Thousand Faces

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The story of a man who fooled an entire country. A tale of cheats and impostors, taking its inspiration from true facts and from one of the most intriguing characters of recent decades: the spy Francisco Paesa. Show more

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Thursday, 6. 4. 2017
19:002DCS/ES

DEF: Kinders

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A playful portrait of children learning to deal with life through music. This documentary follows children and teens from various family backgrounds and cultures as they encounter life’s difficult, confusing, joyful, even bitter moments. They all are part of the ((superar)) educational music program which helps turn social outsiders into young, self-confident people who, through music, learn to recognize their own hidden potential. An enjoyable documentary about children, their daily struggles and their journey to adulthood. Show more

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Friday, 7. 4. 2017
09:002DCS/ES

DEF: Summertime

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A sudden flaring of passion between two women amidst the prudish societal norms of 1970s France. Delphine is from a small village where she lives on her parents’ farm, drives a tractor and works in the fields. Carol is a Spanish teacher in Paris, an intellectual and a passionate warrior for women’s rights. By pure coincidence, these two very different women are brought together. Suddenly, Delphine finds herself not only as a member of Caroline’s activist cell, but also as her lover. The priggish morality of their surroundings, however, forces them to hide their feelings and content themselves with secret rendezvous. The situation escalates when Delphine has to return to the farm...Will the two women stay together despite societal pressures? Show more

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Friday, 7. 4. 2017
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DEF: Truman

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Two men and a dog. A film about the power of friendship and helping your neighbor. Julián receives an unexpected visit from his friend, Tomáš, who has been living in Canada. The unannounced visit, however, is not without cause. Tomáš has learned Julián is seriously ill and has come to cheer him up. What was meant to be a short visit becomes for both men a cathartic journey of coming to terms with life, with past grudges, and with bidding farewell to those held dear. The most difficult task, though, becomes finding a new owner for Julián’s dog, Truman, which sets in motion a series of unexpected events. This unsentimental motion picture about great friendship and accepting the adversities of life spoke to both audiences and critics from around the world. Receiving five awards, it was the absolute winner of the Goya Spanish film awards. Show more

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Friday, 7. 4. 2017
20:452DCS/ES

DEF: The Happiness of the World

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A journalist from Warsaw travels to Silesia and manages to find a tenement house full of exceptional inhabitants. Show more

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Saturday, 8. 4. 2017
18:302DCS/ES

DEF: The Chronicles of Melanie

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Sixteen years an exile in Siberia, far from her husband and her homeland. The film is based on the life of Melānija Vanaga who survived 16 years of exile in Siberia where she was deported by the Soviets in 1941, along with 17 000 other people. Violently separated from her husband, Melānija and her eight-year-old son were transported by cattle car to Siberia. The detailed notes she kept about her life there later served as source material for her book which was published in 1991, after Latvia gained its independence. It is an eyewitness account of the inhuman conditions in Siberian gulags, and of inhabitants violently thrown out of their homes by Soviet occupiers. But it is also about the strength of the human spirit, defiance in the face of adversity, and hope. Show more

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Saturday, 8. 4. 2017
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DEF: Me and Kaminski

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An ironic black comedy from the world of high art by the creator of Good Bye, Lenin! Art critic, Sebastian Zöllner, a man of no small self-esteem, is planning his life work - a detailed biography of the nearly forgotten blind painter, Manuel Kaminski. Zöllner does not hesitate to intrude on the former student of Matisse and friend to Picasso, gaining his favor while surreptitiously obtaining his secret. High in the Alps and far from the world of art Kaminski has taken refuge from, Sebastian soon finds he is no match for the aging artist. Daniel Brühl once again stars in a film by Wolfgang Becker, creator of the successful comedy, Good Bye, Lenin! Show more

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Saturday, 8. 4. 2017
20:45BDCS/ES

DEF: My Life As a Zucchini

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A moving animated tale of a boy who finds lifelong friends in an orphanage. Zucchini is a little boy who, after the death of his mother, ends up in an orphanage by an unfortunate accident. Surrounded by other lonely children, he searches to no avail for somewhere to belong. With the arrival of a new girl called Camille, however, things take a dramatic turn and the children soon learn that adversity is easier overcome with a friend’s help. First romance, the cares of life, and friendships that last a lifetime... A poetic, animated, Oscar nominated film for big and small. Show more

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Sunday, 9. 4. 2017
18:002DCS

DEF: Lucie: The Story of a Rock Band

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30 years together, 30 years apart. The phenomenal band, Lucie, appears on the silver screen for the first time in a feature film. An electrifying journey through time, four lives full of music, captured in one of the biggest documentary projects of the year. What is the story behind their biggest hits? How did they come about? What was going on behind the scenes? The gripping 30 year story of Lucie reveals footage shot by members of the band themselves, footage no one believed existed anymore. The band members’ open confessions paint a picture of four personalities often unable to be in the same room together, yet still able to meet together on a single stage. This story of a band portrays Lucie in all of its moods. Show more

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Sunday, 9. 4. 2017
20:002DCV

DEF: The Red Turtle

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The story of a castaway on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs, and birds is also a universal story of crucial moments in human life. Oscar director Michaël Dudok de Wit recounts a dialogue-less story of self-knowledge, love, and changing of generations only through perfectly crafted animation. This magical story, well understood across generations and continents, won Un Certain Regard Special Prize at Cannes Film Festival and it is the first collaboration project between Japanese Ghibli studio and European co-production. Show more

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Monday, 10. 4. 2017

DEF: Ministry of Love

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Two eccentric government clerks take a trip through Croatia in search of a better life. At the urging of his father-in-law, Krešo, an unemplyed biologist, gets a job as a clerk in a newly established government ministry. He and his new work partner, Šikić, are sent to the countryside to find out whether any war widows have been “shacking up”, and if so, ensure their military pensions are revoked. Though an unappealing task, bad work is better than no work. It soon becomes apparent, however, that neither one of them is cut out for the job. Krešo, in the midst of a mid-life crisis, realizes he expected more from his life and his marriage, which is on the rocks... An ironic comedy about love and the dilemmas of everyday life. Show more

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Monday, 10. 4. 2017
18:302DCS/ES

DEF: Bugs

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Chef Ben Reade and food expert Josh Evans follow the trail of nations which, since time immemorial, have not excluded insects from their diet but have frequently relished them: African termites, Mexican ants, Australian caterpillars, Japanese wasps, or Italian grubs; crickets or grasshoppers; raw or grilled. If the global population continues growing at its current rate, it will reach 9 billion by 2050, requiring a 70% increase in food production. An environmentally-friendly diet including nutrient-rich insects could be one of the solutions for humankind. There are drawbacks though. This investigative documentary examines this future dining option, including the challenges inevitably associated with the food market. Show more

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Monday, 10. 4. 2017
20:45BDCS

DEF: The People vs. Fritz Bauer

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The story of the man who hunted down Adolf Eichmann and brought him to justice. In post-war Germany, the country is being rebuilt and Nazi war criminals brought to justice. Many high-ranking Nazis have either fled the country or donned new uniforms and joined in Germany’s renewal. Prosecutor, Friz Bauer, does not intend to let up in his fight to bring Adolf Eichmann, one of the prominent engineers of the infamous Final Solution to the Jewish Question, to justice. But some former Nazis, now holding new positions, are not content to stand by and watch, and Bauer cannot be sure of his own life... A nail-biting political thriller about the events preceding Eichmann’s kidnapping and extraction from Argentina. Show more

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Tuesday, 11. 4. 2017
18:302DCS/ES

DEF: Nice People

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The city of Borlänge has in the last couple of years become the home town of 3,000 Somalis. A group of young male Somalis get together to form the first Somali bandy team, as a way of integrating into society. Aided by entrepreneur Patrik Andersson and coached by bandy star Pelle Fosshaug they begin by learning of basics of using ice skates with the ambition of playing for Somalia in the World Championships in Irkutsk, Russia. There are many problems that must be solved before the team members have their ticket to the championships. And how do you explain bandy to relatives back home in Somalia? Show more

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Tuesday, 11. 4. 2017
20:45BDCS/ES

DEF: Sea of Sines

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The open sea and a full net of fish; this documentary pays homage to Portuguese fishermen and their traditions. The Portuguese have always been among the world’s best sailors, indeed many distant lands were discovered by them. Their lives have always been tightly bound to the sea on which they have had to depend. So it is no surprise that fishing, too, has a rich and varied tradition. This documentary of ethnological bent provides a detailed portrayal of modern fishermen and their traditional hunting methods, whether it be the use of nets and cages, clay vessels for catching octopi, or mussel gathering. This exquisitely filmed documentary gives voice to several generations of fishermen for whom the sea is their entire life. Show more

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Wednesday, 12. 4. 2017
18:002DCS/ES

DEF: Being 17

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In his most youthful film, the 70-year-old André Téchiné depicts a tale of two teenagers from a small French town whose turbulent relationship starts with hate-fuelled assaults and bullying at school, yet step by step develops into a tender bond. Neurotic, detailed, purely physical takes, underlined by aggressive cuts, fantastic directing of the actors (particularly the dazzling Kacey Mottet Klein and the novice Corentin Fila), the clever idea of framing the naturalistic personal drama with the majestic Pyrenees - these are the major fortes that make the film diverge from other gay romances. At the same time, Being 17 does not strive to conceal its being a male counterpart to Abdellatif Kechiche’s La Vie d’Adèle (Blue Is the Warmest Colour). The film is just as restless and explosive as its heroes. It is a celebration of the “élan vital”: the magical time of adolescence, suffused with abandon and unremitting anxiety, with spontaneous violence meeting sensuality, and agonising losses alternating with sweet discoveries. Show more

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Wednesday, 12. 4. 2017
20:002DCS

DEF: I, Daniel Blake

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The socially engaged, disturbingly topical drama tells the story of Daniel Blake, a 59-year-old joiner from Newcastle, who falls ill with heart disease and so applies for sickness benefit. While he strives to plough through the absurd red tape involved in getting financial assistance, and being compelled to seek a job in defiance of the doctors’ recommendations, he meets the single mother Katie and her two children. To escape a hostel for the homeless in London, the fatherless family must move into a flat some 300 miles away. Each in their own way, Daniel and Katie do their best to overcome the hardships, while retaining their own dignity. The latest film by the well-co-ordinated tandem of the director Ken Loach and the screenwriter Paul Laverty is an outspoken criticism of the social-assistance machinery, which results in the humiliation and degradation of individuals, reducing them to an irrelevant ledger entry. This year, I, Daniel Blake deservedly received the Palme d’Or, the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival. Show more

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Thursday, 13. 4. 2017
18:302DCS
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