Compact archive March 14, 2007

New film about anti-Communist heroine

David Mrnka, U.S. film producer of Czech origin, is going to make a film about one of the symbols of resistance against Communism, Milada Horakova. She was arrested and, after a show trial, sentenced to death. She was, as the only woman, executed in 1950, even though many world personalities, such as Churchill or Einstein, petitioned for her life.

The film will focus on her personal life as well as the key events of her sad story. The screenplay is now being written by Lorie Hope, actors and the director are still discussed. Mrnka would like to cast either Annette Benning, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, or Cate Blanchett.

The film will be shot in two years, probably in Prague, east Bohemia and Los Angeles studios. Thanks to Jana Kanska, the daughter of Milada Horakova, and her husband, the film-makers have access to personal belongings of the family.


Bryan Ferry for the first time in Prague

Bryan Ferry will present his latest album ‘Dylanesque’ on a series of concerts. Ferry’s concert in Prague Lucerna Music Bar (Stepanska 61) will be his first performance in the Czech Republic.

Bryan Ferry founded famous band Roxy Music in the 70’s. His first solo album was released in 1973. His latest album ‘Dylanesque’ pays tribute to Boby Dylan and contains Dylan’s famous songs, such as ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’, ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’ or ‘All I Really Want To Do’.

Prague’s concert Bryan Ferry will be held on Monday 14th May 2007. Tickets (and printable E-tickets) are available for 1,100 – 795 CZK via Ticketpro.


Gallery In The Train presents Wender's photographs

Source: Leica Gallery Prague Leica Gallery continues with its successful itinerant exhibition in the train. This year it will present the photographs of film-maker, photographer and poet Wim Wenders and his wife, photographer Donata Wenders.

First part of the exhibition is devoted to Wender’s film The Million Dollar Hotel (2000) shot according to U2 singer Bon’s story. Wender’s photographs by will be displayed together with Bon’s texts as well as black-and-white pictures of Donata Wenders who concentrated on the main actors of the film, Milla Jovovich and Jeremy Davies.

For the second part of the exhibition Wim Wenders and his wife show photographs that were made during the shooting of documentary film ‘Buena Vista Social Club’.

The train will be stationed in Prague’s Main Station from 5th to 22nd April 2007. Then it will continue to other 19 towns in the Czech Republic.


Signatories of human right movement Charta 77 met in Prague

Signatories and supporters of Charta 77 met in St Anne’s church in Prague yesterday to celebrate 30th anniversary from the appearance of Charta 77 and to remember Jan Patocka, the spokesman of Charta 77 and philosopher, who died after State Security’s interrogation that took several hours.

Charta 77 was an initiative that was against the government and its violation of human rights. It was named after a document, a manifesto, that was signed by many people. One of the founding members was also the ex-president of the Czech Republic Vaclav Havel. The signatories of Charta 77 were described by the government as traitors and were treated that way.

Vaclav Havel said yesterday that Charta 77 can still inspire people these days. The Czech Republic should point out violation of human rights in other countries, regardless economical interests.

International scientific conference on the 30th anniversary of Charta 77 will be held in Prague from 21st to 23rd March 2007. Official languages of the conference will be Czech, Slovak, English and German. For more information click here

Irish Music Festival 2007

Irish Music Festival, which will commemorates Irish patron St Patrick, will offer a lot of Irish national music and dance, as well as Irish food, beer or coffee.

Frank Haughton, the organizer of the tenth Irish Music Festival in Prague, points out the 6th Czech Republic’s championship in oyster opening. It starts in Old Town Square in Prague on 18th March at 14:00. The winner of the championship will take part in the world championship in Ireland this September.

The festival takes place in Caffrey’s Irish Bar and Na Spilce pub. Irish bands Celtic Whisper, The Pure Drop, or Jodavino will perform there until 18th March.