By: Rohn Romulo
GRACING the Filipino audience with the final installation for the year-long “Czech Movie Gems” film festival, the Czech Embassy in Manila and the Film Development Council of the Philippines is proud to bring the Czech drama, Little Girl Blue (2007), awarded as the Best Film in the Czech Lion Award of 2007.
Produced by Oscar winning director Jan Svĕrák, this film written and directed by Alice Nellis reveals a poetic tale of Julie, a forty-year old translator woman in the midst of an expansive mid-life crisis in the changing city of Prague.
Witness how her seemingly perfect and happy family life traverses a crossroad after one passing unveils her to impulsively reflect on her mechanical married life that led her to pursue life-altering decisions.
Played by Iva Bittová, a Czech avant-garde violinist, singer, and composer who started her career as an actress, Julie’s life was also filled with significant decision initiated by her choice to purchase a used piano for the vast living room. The film also stars Karel Roden, a notable Czech actor successful both in his home country and in Hollywood.
Aside from the story line, the cinematography also asserts a sensible and witty portrayal of sparkly images accompanied by life thrumming tunes that perfectly frolic with each scene.
The film is set to be screened on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 6:30 pm in Cinematheque Center Manila. This is the final film for the year-long Czech Movie Gems which aim to bring award-winning movies to Filipino audience on the occasion of 100 years of independence of Czech statehood.
Admission is free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to capacity.