The Festival celebrates, for instance, the continuous tradition of innovative Czech film-making, which has seen a new generation of film makers build upon the successes of Milos Forman and Jiri Menzel. Up for show, therefore, is Jan Sverak's recent Oscar-winning Kolya, which has maintained the international presence Forman's A Blonde in Love and The Fireman's Ball forged. A year after his remarkable Conspirators of Pleasure, the festival devotes an evening to the work of animator Jan Svankmajer.
Once limited to recordings only, the world has also had a chance to get acquainted with live Czech jazz since communist travel restrictions were lifted. Artists like Jiri Stivin, Emil Viklicky and Karel Ruzicka have showed themselves steeped in the the traditions of jazz, and a series of shows will encompass everything from folk-inflected and traditional sets to freeform explorations. Jazz meets physical theatre too when mime artist Ctibor Turba performs Hanging Man, accompanied by Jiri Stivin's improvisations.
Throughout Made in Prague, Jindrich Streit will be exhibiting his ongoing photographic project "The Village is a Global World" and the festival closes with a presentation by Jiri Menzel of his classic Closely Observed Trains.
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