Sunday, July 5, 2015

Karlovy Vary and other news from Radio Prague

I've mentioned the Karlovy Vary Film Festival a couple of times in the past, and the 50th edition opened up this weekend. Richard Gere is the honoree this year, as the former American gigolo will be picking up a lifetime achievement award. Radio Prague has a report. You can find the transcript here; there's also a direct link to the audio here. The audio file is a three-and-a-half minute MP3.

Also at Karlovy Vary, a young Czech filmmaker is seeing his debut feature film be premiered. Radio Prague did an extended interview with the director, Andy Fehu, whose film Greedy Tiffany will be getting a midnight showing, appropriate for a horror film. The interview transcript can be found here. If you'd rather listen to it, the download link is here; again it's an MP3 but this one is 12:45.

Finally, last Wednesday I mentioned the death of Sir Nicholas Winton, who saved future director Karel Reisz among some 669 children he was able to get out of Czechoslovakia in the nine months before World War II broke out. Radio Prague honored Winton by reairing a piece on a special train that was chartered to mark the 70th anniversary of the last train that didn't make it because the war had already begun. That report is from September 2009, when Winton was a few months past his 100th birthday. The transcript his here; the MP3 download (11 minutes) is here. Granted, it has next to nothing to do with movies, but I thought some of you may find it interesting.

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