2st press release

Prague, 20th March 2010

17th Days of European Film festival to offer 38 films

Prague: April 15-22 in Světozor and Lucerna cinemas, Brno: April 23-29 in B. Bakala cinema

Days of European Film Echoes:

Boskovice: April 26- 29, Jablonec nad Nisou: April 26-30, Olomouc: April 26-28, Plzeň: April 29- May 2, Uherské Hradiště: April 27-28 and Veselí nad Moravou: April 28-May 1.

The 17th Days of European Film will be opened in Prague’s Světozor cinema on April 15, 2010 with the screening of Soul Kitchen (2009), a comedy by contemporary renowned German scriptwriter and director Fatih Akin, that won the Special Jury Prize at the prestigious International Film Festival in Venice last year. The film tells the story of a young restaurant owner fighting not only for his mistress and customers, but also for the Soul Kitchen restaurant that his brother sold to a dubious real estate agent. The film makes a free trilogy with Fatih Akin´s highly acclaimed films Head-On (Gegen die Wand, 2004) and The Edge of Heaven (Auf der anderen Seite, 2007) dealing with the themes of love, death and the devil. Similarly like in Akin´s previous films, Soul Kitchen features the problems of family, friendship, tormenting love and the search for one’s own roots. Akin´s favourite actor Moritz Bleibtreu shines in the main role.

This year’s festival of current European cinematography will offer a total of 38 films. They will be screened in their original version with Czech subtitles, which is new compared to the past years when the films were simultaneously interpreted into Czech into headphones. Moreover, most films will have English subtitles.

The Prague part of the Days of European Film will be closed in the Světozor cinema again on April 22 with A Somewhat Gentle Man (En ganske snill mann, 2009), a black comedy by famous Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland. The film describes the fate of a seemingly decent man whose only problem is that he earns his daily bread as a gangster. Moland (Aberdeen, 2000; The Beautiful Country, 2004) has in this film for the third time cooperated with the Swedish film star Stellan Skarsgård. A Somewhat Gentle Man was selected for the main feature film competition at the recent Berlinale film festival. The Aerofilms company has bought the film for Czech distribution and it will be premiered on April 22, 2010.

Detailed information on the programme is available on our website:


The DEF is also presented on the official Facebook.

The original jingle of the 17th festival was directed by Martin Kopp in the DAWSON PRODUCTIONS company. Unconventional film situations are set in the present Prague and refer to the work of five significant European directors. Each film situation has its visual concept and music, similarly like each of the five quoted directors had his characteristic style and poetics. The jingle can also be downloaded on our website.

The festival is held under the aegis of Czech Culture Minister Václav Riedlbauch, The European Commission Representation in the Czech Republic, Pavel Bem, Mayor of the Capital City of Prague, and Roman Onderka, Mayor of Brno Statutory Town.

The festival is co-organised by embassies and cultural institutes of the current and future EU member states and the Capital of Prague with support of the EC representation in the Czech Republic, the Czech Culture Ministry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Brno Culture Centre and Eurimages.

The festival’s general partner is FILM+ film channel. The main media partner is public Czech Radio 1-Radiožurnál. The media partners are Respekt weekly, Óčko TV channel, Expresradio, Student Agency, Houser and Kinobox.cz


Mgr. Alice Aronová, Ph.D.
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