by GREG KING
The 6th Czech and Slovak Film Festival acknowledges the 50th anniversary of the Prague Spring as well as the centenary of the establishment of Czeckoslovakia. This year the program focuses on some historic films from Czech filmmakers, including The Fireman’s Ball, Milos Forman’s final film in his native country before moving to the US. The Fireman’s Ball closes the festival this year. There is a special screening of Ecstasy, a 1933 film starring Heddy Lamarr, which will be accompanied by a live music score on the Melbourne Town Hall grand organ, played by Pavel Kohout. In conjunction with the Melbourne Cinematheque there will be a retrospective of ground breaking Czech filmmaker Vera Chytilova. The opening night film is the fractured fairy tale The Hastrman. Greg spoke to the festival artistic director Cerise Howard to find out more about what’s on offer in the 2018 Czech and Slovak Film Festival, which screens at ACMI in Melbourne from September 12 – 26, and in Canberra from October 18-21.