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May 7, 2011 2:00 PM - May 8, 2011 2:00 PM

Approaches to Central-European Cinema

PRESENTATION and SEMINAR. Part of the Study Film in Prague… now in New York City! In the last part of FAMU presentations and workshops you will meet another FAMU faculty member, Tomas Doruska, film editor and director, member of the Department of Editing at FAMU.

Approaches to Central-European Cinema
This session will focus on the techniques of film composition, narrative plots vs. experimental plots, interpretation of footage, etc. Employing a workshop style of discussion, the session will be illuminated by examples from contemporary Czech cinema, including rarely seen student short films and clips from feature long films.

The main topic in this session is:
How an auteur can explore film language in order to express himself/herself with limited (or even no) budget?

Short films:
Ebb&Tide (GelGit) - dir. Akile Nazlı Kaya
Dead forrest (Mrtvý les) - dir. Pavel Marek
Little Johny (Malý Janek) - dir. Tomáš Doruška
R’utobös (R’utobös) - dir. Tomáš Doruška
Zlin soup (Zlínská polévka) - dir. Akile Nazlı Kaya
Kebabland (Kebabákov) - dir. Kateřina Krutská Vrbová

Clips from feature length films:
Radhost (Radhošť) - dir. Tomáš Doruška
Jan Hus - Mass for Three Dead Men (Jan Hus – mše za tři mrtvé muže) - dir. Miroslav Bambušek
Harila (Harila) - dir. Pavel Göbl
Changes (Proměny) - dir. Tomáš Řehořek
Surviving Life (Theory and Practice) (Přežít svůj život) - dir. Jan Švankmajer

There is no fee for this part of the FAMU series.

General info about FAMU and this year´s FAMU series at Bohemian National Hall:
Located in the heart of Prague, FAMU, the Czech National Film Academy, is one of the oldest and most prestigious film schools worldwide. This independent institution of higher learning, with ten departments devoted exclusively to audio-visual media, provides a balance of theory and practice -- a proven method that has trained some of Europe’s most prominent filmmakers.

Though the notoriously difficult (but beautiful) Czech language is the traditional language of instruction, FAMU also conducts international programs in English that offer intensive production courses such as its two-semester Academy Program, exchange programs with top US universities, and now, its newly opened MFA program in English: Cinema and Digital Media.

Recently, FAMU has started branching beyond its Czech borders, conducting intensive, short-term workshops in locations like Mexico, Macedonia, Slovenia, and even Burma.

Now, in cooperation with the Czech Center New York, FAMU has prepared this Prague-New York seminar series, conducted by FAMU mentors, all with experience at FAMU International, and with workshops such as NYU at FAMU.

Instruction in this series will be based on traditional FAMU methods, offering lectures, analysis, discussion, and personal interactions, all with an eye toward the practical aspects of the filmmaking art. While the courses will be primarily lecture orientated, participants will also be encouraged to bring in their own work, and upon request the FAMU mentors will be available for individual consultations.

This seminar series makes for a great start for all who wish to explore plans to study filmmaking.

Before the first seminar FAMU introduced itself with the screening of recent student films which were awarded at the annual FAMU festival and elsewhere.

Then the first seminar was focused on the Czechoslovak New Wave and contemporary Czech cinema.

Each lecture session is two to three hours. These lectures are free and open to the public.

The following day the lecturers are available for practical workshops and individual consultations with participants.


Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States


From: May 7, 2011 2:00 PM
To: May 8, 2011 2:00 PM


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