Aussie & Qiwi Filmfest coming To Prague

Movies from Australia and New Zealand will be at Lucerna and Ponrepo

The fourth edition of the annual Aussie & Qiwi Filmfest will present contemporary Australian and New Zealand cinema Nov. 16 to 22. Movies rarely presented in Czech cinemas will show the lifestyle and culture of distant countries. 

The festival will show features, documentaries, and shorts. A lot of music and dance movies will also be presented this year.

As part of the accompanying program of the festival, Vaclav Havel's visit to New Zealand will be remembered. The presentation of the unpublished photos from the visit in 1995 will take place Nov. 20 at 7 pm at the Václav Havel Library.

The festival will begin Nov. 16 at 8 pm at Lucerna with the Australian romantic comedy Ali’s Wedding. The film was inspired by the real-life story of the screenplay's co-author and lead author.

The next day Ponrepo will show David Stratton: A Cinematic Life. The movie will present the history of Australian cinema from a personal perspective of a famous film critic David Stratton. Lucerna will show Emo the Musical, a story of a sullen pessimistic high school student falling in love with the optimistic Christian girl.

On Saturday, Nov. 18, Lucerna will screen the New Zealand documentary Poi E: The Story of Our Song. Poi E is the name of Maori song with a catchy melody, and the film shows the creation of the song. The screening will be followed by a performance of Whakaari Rotorua, a Maori group playing traditional songs in impressive costumes.

Jasper Jones, a story about the dangerous journey of the 14-year-old boy, will also be screened in Lucerna.

Sunday. Nov. 19, will start in Lucerna with Indigenous Short Films, followed by Gary of the Pacific. This comedy is about a real estate agent who becomes the last chief of a sinking Pacific island.

The next days the festival continues in Ponrepo. On Nov. 20 the audience will see Picnic at Hanging Rock. The mysterious thriller was released in 1975 in Australia and is still very popular.

The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey will be screened on Nov. 21 at 8 pm. And the festival will end with Mahana on Nov. 22 at 8 pm. The Maori saga focuses on rivalry, unfulfilled promises and family secrets, set in the New Zealand countryside of the 1960s.

The festival has presented Australian movies since 2014, and New Zealand as a multicultural country with an extraordinary tradition of indigenous peoples since 2016. The goal of the festival is to show the Czech audience images that are seldom seen on Czech television and film screens.

The project is supported by the Australian Consulate, the Australian Trade Commission in Prague, and Czech-Australian-New Zealand Association CANZA.

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