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Feeling like checking out a movie? We put together a list of our favorite Czech movie recommendations that might tell you quite a bit about the Czech culture or simply gift you with a lovely evening! Kolya (1996) This Czech drama won the Academy Award for the “Best Foreign Language Film” and the Golden Globe Award for the “Best Foreign Language Film.”  Jan Svěrák, a notable director, stands behind the creation of the movie in which his father Zdeněk Svěrák, a well-known script-writer, played one of the main characters. The sequence of events starts in 1988 when the Soviet bloc is beginning to disintegrate. František Louka is an average Czech bachelor who has just lost his job as a concertRead more.

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‘If a future generation asks us we are fighting for, we shall tell them the story of Lidice,’ said Frank Knox, secretary of the U.S. Navy, during World War II. The small and lovely town of Lidice, located 20 kilometers from Prague, suffered a brutal massacre when Hitler ordered to murder all men in the village and send women to the concentration camps. Children were carefully evaluated for “Germanization” suitability and were either sent to the camps or to the SS families. Since World War II, the village remains one of the symbols of Fascist despotism.  The history of Lidice dates back to 1318 when it was first mentioned in the writings. It was a city of miners and factoryRead more.

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‘There is no perfection, only life.’ – Milan Kundera It is one of the most powerful quotes from a leading figure of Prague Spring, Milan Kundera. In addition to his political activity, he became a well-known novelist in the Czech Republic and abroad, spreading his word far beyond the homeland. Milan Kundera is a Czech writer who became a French citizen in 1981 as a result of naturalization. Even though his Czechoslovak citizenship was denied in 1979, he obtained a Czech one a couple of years ago, in 2019. Writing under Communism During Communism, all Kundera’s works were banned, forcing the writer to eventually relocate to France, where he lives to this day. Interestingly, Kundera refers to himself as aRead more.