Days of European Film 2004

Everything you need to know about March's movie event

Prague TV is giving away six pairs of tickets (12 in total) to the Days of European Film festival's second "Marathon of European Film".

This all-night movie marathon is being held at Kino Lucerna on Friday March 19th. The marathon begins at 11:59pm, consists of four films, and goes on into the wee hours of the morning. In order to win a pair of tickets all you have to do is answer the question below correctly and email your answer to

How many member countries will the European Union have after May 1st, 2004?

A. 25
B. 20

The winners will be announced on the Prague TV homepage.

What is Days of European Film?

It's a festival of films from European Union countries. This year's festival also includes films produced by some of the candidate countries - Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Slovakia and Slovenia. The festival's Czech name is Dny Evropského filmu, or DEF for short.

What's the point?

The festival, now in its 11th year, was dreamed up by a group of Prague-based EU diplomats as a way of offering Czech audiences a chance to see a wider range of European films than is otherwise available in domestic cinemas.

When is the festival taking place?

It runs from Thursday, March 11th until Sunday, March 21st in Prague before moving onto Brno (March 22nd-30th). Some films will also be shown, at a later date, in three other Czech towns: Olomouc, Cheb and Plzeň. For a full program, see the official Days of European Film website.

How many Prague cinemas will be screening DEF films?

Two. Screenings will be held at Kino Aero and Kino Lucerna.

How many films will be shown?

Forty-three full-length feature films and 16 shorts will be screened at this year's festival.

Are there any special events attached to the festival?

Both Kino Lucerna and Kino Aero will be holding all-night screenings. The first "Marathon of European Film," at Aero, begins at midnight on Saturday, March 13th and will feature screenings of four festival films. Lucerna stages its own four-film marathon the following weekend, on the night of Friday, March 19th.

How much do tickets cost?

Tickets to individual screenings in Prague are 70 Kč. Tickets for film marathons are 130 Kč.

What if I don't speak any foreign languages?

Don't worry. Most foreign-language films will be subtitled in English, including the only Czech film to be screened, Nuda V Brně (Boredom in Brno). All films will also be simultaneously translated into Czech but you'll need to put down a refundable 200 Kč deposit for headphones at each screening. The only films not simultaneously translated into Czech will be those shown at the all-night film marathons.

Which films should I particularly look out for?

Since most films shown at the festival are award winners of one sort or another and the overall quality of films is high, it's hard to single out individual films.

Oscar-nominated Dutch film De Tweeling (Twin Sisters, pictured) is likely to be a big draw, however, especially if it wins the Best Foreign Language Film award on February 29th.

The Mother, a British film dealing with a 65-year-old woman's rather lively sex life, is typically controversial fare from Hanif "My Beautiful Laundrette" Kureishi and should draw crowds and raise eyebrows in equal measure.

Will any special guests be coming to Prague for the festival?

Quite a few. French director Christoph Loizillon will personally present his film Ma camera et moi (My Camera and Me), which opens the festival in Prague on Thursday, March 11th. Swedish director Bent Hamer will also be in town to present his film, Salmer fra kjokkenet (Kitchen Stories), as will Britain's Emily Young, who recently won a BAFTA award for her directorial debut Kiss of Life. Other guests will be announced in the weeks leading up to the festival.

Who pays for all this?

The cost of the festival - around three million Czech crowns - is split mainly between three of the organizers - the city of Prague, the European Commission's delegation to the Czech Republic and the Czech Culture Ministry. Any shortfall is usually covered by various EU members' embassies and cultural institutions in Prague.

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