Compact archive December 6, 2006

Chronicles of Narnia in Prague's Barrandov

American film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe has earned 750 million USD in the whole world. The continuation of the film called Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian will be shot in Prague again. The premiere of the film is scheduled on 16th May 2008.

The film Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is based on C.S. Lewis’s novel Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia, the second published novel in children’s fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia.

Companies Walt Disney and Walden Media decided to use new Barrandov film studio in Prague, the biggest soundproof film studio in Europe, and Czech forest for many scenes. The film will be shot in Ireland and New Zealand as well.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is not the only American film that is going to be shot in Prague (by the way the budget is for the film is 100 million USD). Shooting of the film Babylon A.D. with Vin Diesel starts on 11th December.


Czech people in statistics

According to the Eurobarometer of the EU most of Czech people (81%) are satisfied with their life. Nine out of ten Czech people are proud of their nationality, almost three quarters are proud to be Europeans.

According to the Public Opinion Research Centre of the Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences 69 % of Czech people do not consider marriage useless. 64,4% single women and 63,6% single men want to get married.

In the chart of aims in life Czech people want to find a partner for life (1st position), have children (2nd), be successful at work (3rd), get married (4th) and have the highest education possible (5th).


Filmmanie 2006: to the cinema for 50 CZK

Companies Palace Cinemas, Cinema City, Village Cinemas, Multiplex cinema Ladvi and several other cinemas want to attract people to go to their cinemas instead of buying presents or cleaning their houses. They offer tickets for 50 CZK to all their movies.

This offer is valid only from Thursday 7th December to Wednesday 13th December. The cinemas will show their regular programme with new premieres. Visitor can see, for instance, Casino Royal, A Good Year, Happy Feet, Asterix and the Vikings or Flushed Away.

The initiator of this action is Palace Cinemas owning the net of multiplex cinemas. The detailed programme of the cinemas can be found on their websites.


The National Gallery open for free today

The National Gallery in Prague offers free entrance to all its expositions today. The gallery also offers lots of commented routes in Czech language by lectors and curators.

The National Gallery’s exhibitions are in Sternberg Palace (Sternbersky palac), St. George’s Convent (klaster sv. Jiri), Trade Fair Palace (Veletrzni palac), Kinsky Palace (Palac Kinskych), House At The Black Madonna (Dum U Cerne Matky Bozi) and Zbraslav Chateau (Zamek Zbraslav).

The National Museum announced that on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th of December it will be open for technical reasons only till 15:00.

No controls at the borders from the New Year's Eve 2007

Travellers can go through Czech borders without showing their passports from the last day of the year 2007. That is the decision of the ministers of the inferior of the EU who met yesterday to talk about the Schengen Agreement. The Czech Minister of the Inferior, Ivan Langer, says that “it is a historical decision which means that Europe will not be devided between people of the first category and people of second category any more.”

The only thing travellers will notice will be a sign which the name of the state they are travelling to. To travel through the airport without controls will be possible from March 2008.

The Czech Republic together with other new EU member states (except Cyprus) will join the Schengen Information System I. which collects police data about citizens. The Czech Republic will invest 200 million CZK to the system.

Even though this obstruction to the united Europe will be gone soon, the Czech people still have to wait for Euro currency. The Czech Republic fulfilled only two economic criteria out of four so far. The first new EU member state who will accept Euro is Slovenia.