Czech Republic Film Festival 2018 launches with "Barefoot"
Writer: Florey DM
"Barefoot" is the opening film of the 2nd Czech Republic Film Festival in Malaysia.
22 Mar – The Czech Republic Film Festival (CRFF) officially returns for its second edition in Malaysia, following the opening ceremony held yesterday evening at GSC Pavilion KL.
The opening film for CRFF 2018 is none other than the award-winning "Barefoot", the war comedy film released last year in the European country that went on to win 5 Czech Lion Awards including Best Supporting Actor and Best Cinematography.
"Life is not always a fairy tale," said the Ambassador of the Czech Republic, H.E. Rudolf Hykl, stating the reason why it was picked as the opening film even though it doesn't exactly fall in line with this year's theme of "Fairy Tales Stories from Fairy Tale Country".
Although it took some convincing for its filmmakers to allow the film to be screened in Malaysia, the ambassador said that it was important that Czech Republic gets to share the film with Malaysian audiences to foster a better understanding between the two countries.
Ambassador of the Czech Republic, H.E. Rudolf Hykl, giving his welcome speech at the opening ceremony.
Other films that are included in this year's line-up are "Angel of the Lord 2", "The Seven Ravens", "Kooky" and "Adela Has Not Had Supper Yet", which perfectly highlight Czech Republic's love of fairy tales; "we keep on watching fairy tales even as adults", as the ambassador said.
CRFF 2018 is enjoying a good reception, thanks to the success of last year's edition, which recorded a commendable 74 percent occupancy, as revealed by GSC CEO Ms. Koh Mei Lee.
"The second chapter of the Czech Republic Film Festival has received an overwhelming response as all the tickets at Mid Valley had been fully redeemed and there are only a few tickets left here at Pavilion," said Ms. Koh in her speech.
GSC CEO Ms. Koh Mei Lee revealed that most of the tickets for CRFF 2018 have been redeemed.
CRFF 2018 takes place from today until 25 March, showing its 5 movies at GSC Mid Valley and GSC Pavilion KL.
Cinema Online, 22 March 2018
Supported by Cinema Online as the Online Movie Partner, the Czech Republic Film Festival 2018 is organised by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Kuala Lumpur and Golden Screen Cinemas. It is also supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia.
Get more info and showtimes for the Czech Republic Film Festival 2018 HERE.