Cinema Atlas, December 22, 2022, Prague.
Prague – Prague's Atlas cinema, which closed last year before Christmas, will start showing again on March 21. The new operators of the Atlas cinema are several filmmakers who want to emphasize the art and documentary program. The cafe will be enlarged, which will also be another small scene. The Karel Vachko Gallery will be created in the cinema, which will offer a permanent exhibition of his paintings and other uses for premieres, lectures or workshops. ČTK was informed about this by Vít Janeček, initiator and co-operator.
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New together with director, producer and pedagogue Janeček, the operators of the cinema are documentary filmmaker Zuzana Piussi, director Václav Kadrnka, producer Simona Kadrnková and economist Viera Hladišová. The cinema will start its renewed operation with the premiere of the film Zešílet directed by Zuzana Piussi.
The operators are planning several lines of the program. The cycle Atlas of filmmakers will offer screenings with the participation of crew members from various film professions, the Atlas of thinking with film will offer co-curation and meetings with interesting personalities. In the Atlas of the Classics, they will also think of classics and cult works that will complement the current context, or even student films. Screenings for seniors will be combined with an invitation for students, and these screenings for a favorable price will also be accompanied by an educational introduction. There will also be a program offer for children and parents.
“Our concept is based on the belief that the condition for maintaining and increasing the number of visitors to our cinema at a time of increasing availability of films is to reduce the entrance fee. In the past, the film was also popular due to the fact that it was cheap. People will willingly pay an expensive entrance fee for big spectacles, for art films it is rather demotivating. We believe that it is better to have a full hall for a smaller amount than half the attendance for a more expensive entrance fee,” said Zuzana Piussi.
Her feature debut Zešílet tells the story of a translator named Nadia, who finds new stability and peace with her daughter after a divorce when she finally gets a new apartment. Gradually, however, he discovers that the neighborly relations in the house have more than an eccentric dimension. Nada's next door neighbor is clearly not well. The new oasis turns into a place of experiences, where comedy blends with nightmare and ends with a grotesque image of a system in which overlooking problems is an important equipment for survival.
One of the most famous original cinemas in Czechoslovakia was created in a former bank building a house built in the early 1940s. During the communist regime, this cinema under the name Sokolovo was managed by the Prague Film Company. After 2000, the cinema fell into disrepair for two years, in August 2002 its management was secured by Hollywood Classic Entertainment, which was to invest in it. It was destroyed by a flood, and the reconstruction lasted until 2005.
In April 2013, CinemArt Plus took over the operation of the cinema, and the cinema focused on both mainstream and art projection, as well as film festivals. At the end of last year, the operator stated that the owner of the building did not renew his contract. According to him, the increased costs of operating the cinema also contributed to the decision.