Cross Club – open air cinema, 5th August 2021 – 9:30 pm; Plynární Street 1096, Prague 7)
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 – book release + exibition opening + documentary screeningBar Champagneria, 9. 8., 7pm – free entry (Průchodní Street 4, Prague 1)
Release of new Czech book “Pohlednice z Tichomoří (Postcards from the Pacific) in the presence of the authors David Vávra and Radovan Lipus. Opening of exibition of drawings by Czech architect and actor David Vávra. On the wall of Champagneria gallery bar, we will screen two parts of the Czech Television documentary series Šumné stopy about Czech and Slovak architects who created in Australia and New Zealand. The authentic Aussie and Kiwi taste and aroma be on a special wine and beer menu thanks to kind festival partners Foltýn Wine and Pivovar Volt.
AKFF EVENING WITH DOCUMENTARY FILMS (Kino Pilotů, 29th September from 7pm to 11pm)
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.