AUSSIE & KIWI FILM SUMMER continues with August and September events!
Don´t miss wonderfull human story LION on the 5th of August 2021 at 9:30 pm in the summer cinema in front of the iconic Cross club in Holešovice = last open air screening with a relaxed Aussie & Kiwi atmosphere. Tickets are on sale in advance at GoOut.
On Monday 9th of August at 7 pm all Aussie – Kiwi – Czech friendship and history supporters and friends are welcome in Champagneria Bar (Průchodní Street 4, Prague 1) at the launch of the Czech book POHLEDNICE Z TICHOMOŘÍ by actor and architect David Vávra and director Radovan Lipus. Both authors will present the book, David Vávra will open his drawings exibition and at 9 pm Czech TV documentary ŠUMNÉ STOPY will be screened to the building where the gallery bar resides. Special wine and beer on the tap + didgeridoo player will accompany the event.
LION (Cross Club, 5th August 2021 at 9pm)
Australia, USA, Great Britain 2016, drama, 118 min.
Directed by: Garth Davis
Written by: Luke Davies
Cinematography: Greig Fraser
Cast: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, David Wenham
Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home. The seemingly incredible story is based on real events.
POSTCARDS FROM THE PACIFIC (Bar Champagneria, 9th August 2021, from 6pm)
Launch of the book POHLEDNICE Z TICHOMOŘÍ (Grada, 2021) in the presence of its authors David Vávra and Radovan Lipus and opening of exhibition of illustrations by David Vávra. In the Champagneria gallery bar, we will screen two parts of the Czech Television documentary series on Czech architecture Šumné stopy (2018). The authentic taste and aroma of the countries from Down Under will be completed by Australian and New Zealand wines from the festival wine-partner Foltýn Wine and NZ Pale Ale and Australian Pale Ale by the micro-brewery Volt.
AKFF EVENING WITH DOCUMENTARY FILMS (Kino Pilotů, 29th September from 7pm to 11pm)
Tickets presale from September 2021 online: www.kinopilotu.cz.
At the end of September, the show will move to the Kino Pilotů cinema, where Australian-Czech director Barbara Chobocky and New Zealand-Czech director Michael Havas will present their documentaries to the audience.
CAPITALIST DRIVE (7pm)
Australia, Czech Republic 2004, 55 min. Directed by: Barbara Chobocky
Australian director with Czech roots Barbara Chobocky maps her own family history that spans two continents and three generations. Despite the fact that the Cold War divided relatives living in the Czech Republic and Australia, they all end up united by the same desire and courage to do business. Amateur films from the family archive play an important role in it. The director’s father sent them to his relatives in socialist Czechoslovakia, and years later the author asks how true they were and whether they only showed the bright side of life in Australia.
BEYOND THE BATTALION FROM MEMORY TO LEGACY (9pm)
New Zealand 2017, 53 min. Directed by: Michael Havas, Julian Arahanga
The film Behind the Battalion by the Czech-New Zealand filmmaker Michael Havas recalls the fates of members of the special 28th battalion composed of Maori who fought during World War II on the European continent. The Maori actor and filmmaker Julian Arahanga co-directed on this documentary which shows the heroism of the Maori, who went to the war in Europe as volunteers, not only out of a desire for “adventure”, but also with the intention of gaining a better social position in New Zealand society. It is also an interesting testimony to the strong bond that has developed between Maori soldiers and the inhabitants of occupied Crete.
All events will take place in compliance with all current government and hygiene regulations. If the situation allows, we plan further screenings in September and November in the usual cinemas as used to be the case in 2014 to 2019 editions.
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THE AUSSIE AND KIWI FILM FESTIVAL
A film festival of contemporary Australian and New Zealand films. Australian and New Zealand content is rarely seen in Czech theatres, television and festivals and our goal is to reverse this. Through contemporary films we aim to introduce local audiences to Australia and New Zealand as a multicultural continent with an extraordinary tradition that stems from its rich aboriginal culture, showing that it is more than what was depicted in Crocodile Dundee – a country full of sharks and beaches.
The Aussie & Kiwi Film Fest presents contemporary cinema from down under along with the different lifestyle and culture not only to Czechs and expats, but also to students of film and art who come to study in the Czech Republic from across Europe.
Festival highlights: 2014 – 2020
- 55 screenings of contemporary feature films and documentaries, archive films, student and short films
- screenings held in 10 cinemas in total
- screening in Prague + Bratislava in 2015, and Brno, Olomouc and Plzeň in 2017
- 4 special screenings (The Dressmaker, Sweet Country, Westwind: Djalu´s Legacy, Babyteeth)
- accompanying events: discussions, workshops, degustations, concerts, exhibitions, drag show
- online festival in 2020
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