Aussie & Kiwi Film Fest 2017: Laughter is the most beautiful music
The most successful contemporary films from Australia and New Zealand are heading to Prague for the fourth time. Full features, documentaries and short films will be screened at Lucerna and Ponrepo Cinemas from the 16th-22nd of November. This year we are turning up the volume: the audience will groove to the rhythm of musical films, they will also be treated to a live performance of the Haka by Maori group Whakaari Rotorua and will be swept away from their daily lives by the biggest domestic promoter of the didgeridoo, Ondřej Smeykal.
” Because the most beautiful music is human laughter, this year the films from downunder will have a comedic theme. We won’t miss out on exceptional documentaries nor short films – we will even be screening Maori film from New Zealand. We will test the nerves of the audience with mysterious dramas from the archives as well as with a variety of comedies.” Says Festival Director Martina Vacková.
The festival will start on the 16th of November at 8pm with a performance by Ondřej Smeykal – player and promoter of the didgeridoo in Czechia. The film will begin with the comedy Ali’s Wedding, which portrays the Australian Muslim community. The film is inspired by the true story of one of the screenwriters and lead actor Osamah Sami. Ali is the musically gifted and slightly neurotic son of a very popular Muslim cleric, who has moved to Australia from Iraq. Torn between two worlds, Australia and Iraq, Ali is trying to live his own life while satisfying his family and community. This film impressed audiences at two of the biggest international film festivals in Sydney and in Melbourne.
On Saturday the 18th of November before the screening of New Zealand documentary POI E: The story of our song, a song which every New Zealander knows and now a film that has been a hit in local theatres, will perform Maori dance group, Whakaari Rotorua – On the Lucerna podium will showcase the Haka as well as other traditional songs in their very impressive costumes.
The documentary David Stratton: A cinematic life will present the history of Australian cinematography from the personal perspective of world renowned film critic and former long-time director of the Sydney International Film Festival. The seventy seven year old who is well regarded by film stars is originally from Britain. In the seventies he emigrated to Australia where Australian cinema heavily impacted his life, helping him to know himself as well as his new homeland. Numerous Australian and New Zealand film stars, including Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman and Sam Neill describe David Stratton’s role in Australian cinema throughout the documentary. At last year’s International film festival in Cannes, the film was one of the films chosen to honour it’s 70th anniversary. In Ponrepo cinema in cooperation with the National Film Archive we will be screening cult film, Picnic at Hanging rock and The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey.
Don’t miss the opportunity to see Václava Havel’s visit to New Zealand. As part of the accompanying program, we will be exhibiting the previously unpublished photo journal of Jiří Jírů, that documents the president’s meeting with the Maori in 1995.
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