Compact archive June 19, 2008

Kraska v Nesnazich - Beauty in Trouble - liked by the Americans

The Czech movie Kraska v Nesnazich, in the US and Canada distributed as Beauty in Trouble, is evaluated quite positively abroad.

Positive reviews can be read also at the, I want to put one by johno-21 from United States here:

ana is the best czech actress, also the best looking one I recently saw this at the 2008 Palm Springs International Film Festival. The film’s title and in fact much of the outline of the film is from the Robert Graves poem Beauty in Trouble. Jan Hrebejk directs a screenplay by Petr Jrchovský from a story by Hrebejk and Jrchovský. the story begins in 2002 when Prague is hit by one of those devastating 100 year floods that destroys the household of Marcela (Ana Ceislerová) and Jarda (Roman Luknár) and their two children Kuba (Adam Misik) and Lucina (Michaela Mrvikova). Because of the moldy conditions where they now live Kuba’s asthma is life threatening. Marcela works and Jarda runs a chop shop out of the garage they live next to. Jarda’s shady occupation runs him afoul of the law and one of his theft victims becomes infatuated with Marcela. Evzen Benes (Josef Abrhám) is a wealthy businessman who divides his time between Italy and the Czech Republic and offers to care Marcela and her two kids. Jana Brejchová is Marcella’s mother who lives with her common-law husband called Uncle Richie played by Jirí Schmitzer in probably the film’s best role. Rounding out this excellent cast is Emília Vasaryova as Jarda’s mentally fragile mother who gives any money she gets to the local religious charlatan. There is a lot going on here for a small film and it’s good story with a great script and a lot of comic relief. Ales Brezina provides the music score with additional music from Czech singer Raduza and Irish singer Glen Hansard. There is a lot to like about this film and I would give it an 8.0 out of 10 and recommend it.

So if you haven’t seen it yet, now is the good time…

Zizkov transmitter prepares for its 'air show'

ka-32 LN brought an insight of how the action-movie-like upgrading of the Zizkov broadcasting tower will look like. The problem is the 216m tower is so high it is necessary to use some kind of flying device for taking the old antenna off the tower tip and replacing it with a digital one.

For the action was chosen the Russian helicopter Ka-32, which has two machines consuming 800 litres of gas per hour and can carry 12700 kg. It will fly above the transmitter and technicians will rope the top of the tower to it. Then, they will demount it, and the pilot will fly with it away.

The pilot of the Ka-32 will be one of the very important persons of the process, as hew will decide the day and hour of the whole operation. The most important factor is the weather, as e.g. gust wind could send the helicopter with the antenna to the nearby apartments.


The United Islands of Prague Festival 2008 has started!

The free festival United Islands of Prague (UIP) on three Prague islands and many clubs, hosting over 100 bands from 12 countries starts today. Today is the day of less known music groups, mostly local ones, who participate at the contest for a recording contract.

The official initiation is tomorrow, 20th June in the centre of contemporary art Meet Factory.

Except for Tata Boys, all the groups are playing for free. “This way, we can introduce groups to people, who wouldn’t come, if they had to pay” Said one of the organizers.

Along the music, there are also exotic kitchens and good accompanying programme. For complete information in English click here. For programme, just here


Architecture Week - Contemporary Architecture Festival, Film Festival

Festival of contemporary and modern architecture, Architectureweek, exists in different forms almost in every European city except from Prague. Therefore the organizer Czech Architecture Week s.r.o. has decided to make a similar event. The festival will present Czech and foreign architecture to professional and non-professional public through various events – exhibitions, lectures, seminars, presentations, walks, cocktails, openings and others. Architectureweek is an opportunity for people of every age and every occupation to explore architecture and develop their knowledge about it.

Within its all-year program Architecture Year 2008, Czech Architecture Week company prepares from 18th to 20th June 2008 a film festival on architecture called Czech Architecture Week – Film Festival. Since wednesday to frifay, the non-commerical film festival for students and public. Opening time 10 – 18, free entry.

If you want to widen your knowledge about architecture, the festival takes place in Veletrzni palac in the new lifestyle, architecture and design spce Terminal. Programe and all the info you need here


Avril Lavigne concert in Prague in Less than a Month

avril became adult... well a kind of adult Time keeps moving on, summer is here, promising the best concerts of the year. Avril Lavigne returns to the Czech Republic within her European tour, introducing the album ‘The Best Damn Thing’. The tour have started 2nd May 2008 in Glasgow.

Avril Lavigne (born 1984) is a Canadian pop rock singer/songwriter and actress who is well known for her “skater punk” persona. At the age of 16 she dropped out of school, moved to New York City and began to work on her music career.

In 2002, she released her first album, Let Go, which included the song complicated that went straight up to the top of the charts.

In June 2005 Avril Lavigne got engaged to rocker Deryck Whibley (lead singer of Sum 41), and they married on July 15, 2006. Her third album, The Best Damn Thing, reached #1 on the US Billboard 200 chart.

Sitting tickets – 790 and 590 czk, standing 690 and 550 czk. Tickets at Sazkaticket, Venue: O2 Arena Prague, 20:00, July 8, 2008.