November 12, 2022

Jim Sheridan: In the past, Oscar was awarded to film, which was very good, and it can still be watched after 30 years. Everybody who went to watch it knew it was a good film but that doesn´t happen these days.

Very special guest at Letní filmová škola in Uherské Hradiště was Irish film director, producer and scriptwriter Jim Sheridan. He was born in Dublin on 6. 2. 1949 and since college he was involved in student´s theatre. Almost whole 80´s…
April 25, 2022

Kateřina Hager: Each documentary film topic has its own unique origin story

Film director and documentarist Kateřina Hager was born on February 28, 1977 in Prague. She originally studied acting at the Conservatory of Jaroslav Ježek but ended up graduating from sociocultural anthropology at the Faculty of Humanities at Charles University. She…
March 9, 2022

Robert Redford - A remarkable artist who sought his own path

Actor, director, producer, script writer, activist, founder of independent film festival Sundance, Robert Redford, was born on 18. 8. 1936. In late 60´and whole 70´s he became the most popular actor around the World and became idol for millions of…
February 14, 2022

Tian Tsering: I try and tried to do independent stuff my way

Chinese director Tian Tsering visited Zlín Film Festival for the second time. Few years ago, he won with his film Barley Fields on the other Side of the Mountains, this time he was a jury member. We knew nothing about…
January 16, 2022

Bill Gerber: To be able to live and work in Hollywood you have to have a hippo skin. You are either born with it or have to learn and develop it.

Probably the most attractive foreign gust of Zlín Film Festival 2021 was an American film prod Bill Gerber. He not only managed various known bands such as DEVO, The Cars, Heaven 17, Scritti Politti etc but also produced such well…
December 27, 2021

Susan Sarandon: I like that creative process, that interaction among people, film is a team work whose result can be influenced by many factors beyond my control

American actress Susan Sarandon was born on 4. 10. 1946 in New York to big family with Irish- Welsh roots that bred eight more offsprings. Susan studied philosophy, maths and dramatic art at Catholic University in Washington. It was here…
October 31, 2021

Olivier Pairoux: I just follow and fulfil my dreams

During Zlín Film Festival we met by pure accident a man whose face was in film journal that very morning. Olivier Pairoux, Belgian director, about who we have never heard before, who screened here his new film SpaceBoy. He was…
October 16, 2021

Heather Kessinger: Making photos was very isolating thing

We have never heard the name of this photographer and director before Febiofest started. But we got interested how she transferred from photographer to director so applied for making interview with her. When we met her, we addressed her wrongly…
July 4, 2021

Karel Zeman: Genius, who was ahead of his time

Since this year it will have been 111 years since the birth of our most famous and respected film director Karel Zeman and also 60 years since making his most talked about film Baron Munchausen, we decided to pay tribute…
June 4, 2021

Monte Hellman: We learnt while we worked and I worked instinctively

This tribute article would not have been made if there was not that big... IF. If we wouldn´t prepare article about Jack Nicholson, we wouldn´t have hit the name Monte Hellman who was part at the birth of independent film…
May 15, 2021

Story of top producer and agent Paul Kohner: From Teplitz on top of the Hollywood

Paul Kohner was born on 29. 5. 1902 in Teplitz, town on the North of Czechoslovakia. His parents Julius and Helen Kohner belonged to local Jewish community and Julius had nickname “Kino Kohner” since he run local cinema and published…
April 10, 2021

Jean Paul Belmondo - A genuine film legend

Everybody knows a name of this French actor, who was born on 9. 4. 1933. He wasn´t even 30 years old when he became a star almost overnight. Thanks to his fine look, charisma, attitude, sense of humour, sense for…
January 30, 2021

Keir Dullea: I have never worked with anybody like Stanley Kubrick

American actor Keir Dullea was born on 30.5.1936 in Cleveland. His parents owned a bookshop in New York. Keir studied in Pennsylvania and then continued in San Francisco and after graduation he started flirting with acting. It was in 1960…
January 9, 2021

Scott Rosenbaum: I am grateful to be doing what I love

We met American director Scott Rosenbaum on Zlín Film Festival decade ago, where he screened in premiere his movie Perfect Age of Rock´n´Roll. Since that time, we kept in touch and because he made some interesting documents, we felt it´s…
December 12, 2020

Paul Newman: Real film star and human being

  We had many reasons why we decided to make this tribute article about legendary film actor Paul Newman. This year he would have celebrated 95th birthday (was born on 26.1.1925) and as it is written in his biography, he…
November 18, 2020

Slávek Horák: For me creating and writing is the happiest spell in whole process of making the film

  Czech film director Slávek Horák was born on 12.1.1975 in Gottwaldov. After finishing secondary school he attended local Film school and was accepted onto FAMU (Prague based Film Academy) which he didn´t finish due to being very busy with…
October 6, 2020

David Kinsella: I want to make people smile

David Kinsella is acclaimed photographer and director.He hails from Belfast and lived and worked in Norway for past 30 years. Now he is back in Belfast creating fantasy world. He bought derelict original houses of Titanic shipyard workers, built between…
March 2, 2020

Roger Corman: Father of independent film celebrates

American independent producer, occasional actor and director Roger Corman was born on 5.4.1926.He graduated on industrial engineering college and in 1948 he went to work for U.S.Electrical Motors.He stayed there for 4 days and left saying he made terrible mistake.He…
February 17, 2020

Kirk Douglas: Tribute to fine film legend

Kirk Douglas became hero from zero by his own effort and sheer determination. He hailed from very poor environment and thanks to his Jewish roots he personally felt lots of hate, malice and antisemitism in 50´s and 60´s.He never forgot…
January 23, 2020

Hero of independence John Landis: Process of shooting will never change

John Landis was born on 3.8.1950 and apart from being a script writer, stuntman, actor he also directed and produced his own films. In film business he started as a mail boy in 20th Century Fox. Then he became an…
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