The Report tells the story of two young Slovak Jews – Freddy and Walter – who were deported to Auschwitz in 1942. They managed to escape on 10 April 1944 and compiled a 32-page report about the situation inside the camp. The report included the camp layout, construction details of the gas chambers and furnaces, and a label from a Zyklon B canister, which was extremely convincing. It has since become known as the Vrba-Wetzler Report, and despite its grueling journey out of the camp, it was the first detailed report which the Allies received and regarded as credible. The Vrba-Wetzler Report thus helped to save more than 120 thousand Hungarian Jews from being deported to Auschwitz.
Adrian is a young poet who decides to leave Romania and go live to Spain. He wants to change his life, earn some money and learn Spanish. Upon arriving in Cordoba, he works at a car dealership that sells both old and new cars. During the day he hides in a small caravan in the parking lot of the car dealership. One day, Adrian finds a package with a CD and poster for a tour of one flamenco / jazz band. He is enchanted by the music and by the picture of Maria, who plays a bass guitar in the band. They both meet after a concert on the beach, where they begin their relationship full of passion, problems and surprises.
Jana takes off from the Jizera Mountains to the 1,200 km long track of the longest European sled dog race Finnmarsløpet. Her chances of finishing this race are very small. She is one of the few women at the start, not living (like the vast majority of competitors and their dogs) permanently behind the Arctic Circle and her team consists of purebred Husky, while the others race with dogs bred for racing purpose. It is really very cold, the polar plains are swept by snowstorms, dogs falling in snowdrifts and Jana is fighting for the last bits of her energy. Yet, or just because, she feels happy.
Doggy Love is a film about the relativity of happiness, contentment and the journey to one’s dream, paved with discomfort that would be unbearable for most people.
Native New Yorker Frank (Hynek Čermák) has reacquired his noble family’s ancient Bohemian seat – Kostka Castle, which he has not visited in 40 years. And so, he gets ready to make a glorious homecoming with his daughter, Maria (Yvona Stolařová), and temperamental wife, Vivien (Tatiana Dyková). But the newly minted aristocrats have no knowledge of local custom or the ins-and-outs of the 1990s Czech Republic, and all they know of castle life comes from their relatives’ age-old yarns. The family arrives with their lawyer, Benda (Vojtěch Kotek), only to discover that Kostka is in a state of gradual decline and cut off from the world around it. Its only permanent inhabitants are a backward caretaker, Josef (Martin Pechlát), a jovial housekeeper, Mrs. Tichá (Eliška Balzerová), and the hypochondriac maintenance man Krása (Pavel Liška). As the castle personnel slowly awakes from the heavy slumber of the post-revolution 90s, the Kostka family faces the difficult decision of whether to move back to America and sell the generations-old castle, or try to save it. A film based on the book of the same name by Evžen Boček.
The Watchmaker’s Apprentice is a fairy-tale about the quirks of fate, represented by three “Fates” in particular: brothers Rodovoj and Rodovít and their sister Lichoradka. It is a story about love, greed, and the small-minded-ness of man, but also about craftsmanship, and the courage of the Watchmaker’s apprentice, Urban, whose journey to find the watch that warns of Death is aided by his kind heart and watchmaking skills, thanks to which he overcomes the many traps laid for him, and saves his beloved Laura.
TvMiniUni is on the air and this time, like every time, promises to answer even the most prying questions of children. Truth be told, though, Mr. Avin isn’t in a very good mood today, and so he asks his grand-lizard, Mr. Voráček, to choose only easy questions and get rid of the tough ones… But uh-oh!!! There are no questions from children, they’ve all gone missing! And the question catcher is gone too.
And what’s more, disgruntled parents are calling in to TvMiniUni saying there’s something wrong with their kids. They’re not asking any questions all of a sudden, they’ve run out! No whys, hows, wheres, how manys, how comes, or what ifs? It’s becoming clear to everyone at TvMiniUni that there’s something serious going on.
A big search is launched, full of adventure and mysteries. The trail ultimately leads to the Big Playhouse run by a kid called Bambino and the frightening and mean Mrs. Pepperpot. The two of them have stolen the question catcher to suck all the questions out of the children’s heads. The thing is, Bambino’s mom has no time for him and his dad left after an argument, and anyway… Parents are usually annoyed when their kids have a question, they don’t have time, they need to work, they want some peace and quiet. So, now they’ve got what they wanted. Peace and quiet from question-asking.
But without it, things get boring, and there’s a lack of answers. How will it all end up?
The Doom of Dejvice Theatre is a six-part comedy series written by Miroslav Krobot and Ondřej Hübel. Krobot himself took the director’s chair. The farcical series is based on real-life actors and employees of the Dejvice Theatre playing themselves. We do not follow the fortunes of individual characters chronologically, but instead see six separate stories, the protagonist of which in each case is the theatre itself. Each episode deals with an ongoing crisis situation that jeopardizes the company’s very existence and, as the episodes add up, the theatre’s situation becomes critical…
Three vagabonds (Pavel Liška, Honza Révai, and Hynek Bernard) decided to set off on an adventure on their own without the slightest idea of what would be in store for them. Equipped with cameras, a drone, and lots of data storage, they started off across Central America on their own motorcycles to get to know the local cultures, breathe in the history of native legends, and experience the unexpected. And much more. They are not researchers, bikers, or explorers. They simply love wandering about and hope that you will love it too.
Nine-year-old Kája Matula has trouble with math sometimes. Luckily, he has found a magic notebook that conceals three big-time experts: Mat, Ema, and Tika. They know a thing or two about numbers, and they explain it all to Kája. Each episode of this live-action educational-entertainment series with elements of animation looks at one particular math problem and provides an entertaining explanation.
The program was made-to-order for Czech Television in cooperation with the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at Charles University.
Lemonade Joe, The Mysterious Castle in the Carpathians, Adele’s Dinner, The Emperor and the Golem… These and other hits of Czech cinematography are linked by one name: Jiří Brdečka. Screenwriter, author, and illustrator, Brdečka found fame through his work with Jiří Trnka, Jan Werich, and Oldřich Lipský. He achieved international renown as a respected director of animated films. But what kind of person was he? Where did he seek inspiration? What was his mind like? Where did he hide from the oppressive political regime, only to later show his timeless art to the world? Director Miroslav Janek gradually enters the mind of one of the most prominent figures of Czech cinema and introduces the viewer to a world of oil paintings, graphics, watercolors, frescos, and mosaics that miraculously come to life. Christmas Eve of 2017 would have been Jiří Brdečka’s 100th birthday.