Director of the Summer Film School Radana Korená at the meeting for the festival program, June 8, 2023, Uherské Hradiště.
Uherské Hradiště – The Summer Film School in Uherské Hradiště (LFŠ) will screen films by Czech screenwriter Jan Procházka or films by Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar this year. The festival's foreign guests will include Filipino director Lav Diaz and Croatian director Rajko Grlič. The organizers of the 49th edition of the festival, which will take place from July 28 to August 3, told journalists today.
The festival program is divided into five main blocks, namely History, Present, Czechia/Slovakia, Guests and AČFK. “Of course, we try to structure the program in such a way that it is always interesting and balanced. Both for people who like to delve deeper into film, and for those who like a quality film and for those who want to come to relax and know that they will see something very good,” said Radana Korená, director of the festival and chairwoman of the organizing Association of Czech Film Clubs (AČFK).
The LFŠ is dedicating a retrospective to the director of the classic Hollywood era, Howard Hawks. He started filming in the 20s of the last century, his last film is from 1970. His genre-varied filmography includes westerns, comedies, adventure films, musicals, gangster films and noir films. The Film Reader will introduce Italian neorealism, which called for a return to the beauty of the world, the truth of things, reality in the 40s and 50s of the 20th century, instead of the beauty of images. Space will be given mainly to films shot by Vittorio De Sica and Roberto Rossellini.
The section Současnost includes, for example, the section Terra festivalis, which focuses on national cinematographies that have been gaining ground recently on the international scene. This year they will present a selection of films from Brazil. This year, the organizers dedicate the Icon section to director Pedro Almodóvar. The Eastern Promises section, which offers film news from Eastern Europe, will not be missing again.
A comprehensive retrospective of screenwriter Jan Procházka is prepared in the Czech Republic/Slovakia block. “This is an extraordinary personality with a great thematic and genre scope,” said festival program director Iva Hejlíčková. Based on Procházk's screenplays, films such as Long Live the Republic, Carriage to Vienna, I'm Jumping Again Over the Puddle, Ucho or Pani Kluci were created.
The LFŠ program also includes another exhibition prepared by the Czech Press Office (ČTK), which is one from the main media partners of the festival. The new outdoor traveling exhibition is called Presidential Moments. It will offer dozens of photographs from the life and work of all Czechoslovak and Czech presidents.
The accompanying program also invites concerts, theater or events for children. Summer cinemas will also show. Accreditation and ticket packages are already on sale, part of the festival program will be free again. Further news will be announced by the organizers at a press conference in Prague on June 14.
Last year, LFŠ was visited by almost 4,600 accredited visitors. An additional 2,120 tickets were sold as part of the packages. Last year's 48th edition of the festival featured 178 films in 221 screenings, 89 specialist program items including five film classes, 67 accompanying events and 12 events of the so-called Industry program.