Na Hlavu festival has films on mental health

A short festival includes Amadeus and Trainspotting, among other films

The Na Hlavu (On the Head) festival at kino Světozor focuses on mental health and is organized by the National Institute of Mental Health (NÚDZ). The festival runs April 20 to 23, and has some films for the general pubic alongside a program of workshops and seminars in Czech. The films will also be followed by a discussion in Czech.

The festival kicks off with a screening of Amadeus, which features the composer Antonio Salieri in a mental institution reflecting back on his years with rival composer Mozart. The film won eight Academy Awards.

Other English-friendly films include Ex Machina, a 2015 sci-fi film by written and directed by Alex Garland. The film explores artificial intelligence in robots, but with some romantic and thriller overtones. The film got good reviews, even from science magazines.

The film Still Alice from 2014 looks at dementia and Alzheimer's disease. It stars Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart and Kate Bosworth. Alzheimer's disease doesn't only affect the elderly. A university teacher starts to forget words and finds out she has an early onset form of the illness. Her children struggle with whether or not to get tested to see if they to are at risk.

The final English-friendly film is Trainspotting, the 1996 film about heroin addicts in Scotland. The film has recently had a sequel, so if you want to see what led up to that, here is your chance. The film made stars out of Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle.

Other films in the festival include Two Days, One Night, a 2014 French film that touches on stigma and discrimination. There is also the 2014 Norwegian film Out of Nature, which deals with relationships and sexuality. A dubbed version of the animated film Inside Out rounds out the film offerings.

For more information visit www.kinosvetozor.cz or festivalnahlavu.cz/program

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