Premiere of the film
Lost in Munich

BFM — 34
BFM — 34
10 March
Cinema Beltrade – Milano

Premiere of Lost in Munich at the presence of the director Petr Zelenka, one of the protagonists of BFM 34 section Europe, Now!. The screening of The Karamazov Brothers (Karamazovi) to follow.

Petr Zelenka

Playwright and director of film and theater already known to the Bergamo Film Meeting audience – he was in the competition in 1998 with Buttoners (Knoflíkári), which won the first prize, and in 2006 with Wrong Side Up (Príbehy obycejného sílenstvíi, third prize) – Petr Zelenka (1967) is among the most popular, internationally recognized and awarded Czech filmmakers. A firm believer in the importance and predominance of writing above directing in the creative process, he wrote and directed all his films and plays. In 1998, his first feature Buttoners (Knoflíkári) received the Tiger Award at the Rotterdam Film Festival and four Czech Lions by the Czech Film and Television Academy. In 2000, he wrote the screenplay of Loners (Samotari), which soon became a blockbuster in the Czech Republic. With the feature film Year of the Devil (Rok d ‘ ábla) he won the Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary International 2002 and six Czech Lions, including Best Director and Best Film. Wrong Side Up (Príbehy obycejného sílenstvíi, 2005) is based upon one of his most successful stage plays, which in 2004 was presented in both Europe and Canada. The Brothers Karamazov (Karamazovi, 2008), an original adaptation of Dostoevsky’s novel, made its international debut in the official selection at the 43° Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, where it earned a special mention from the Jury and the FIPRESCI prize. The film also received two Czech Lions (Best Director and Best Picture) and in 2008 represented the Czech Republic at the Oscars as Best Foreign Film. His work as a playwright is translated and staged all over Europe. The satirical comedy Lost in Munich (2015), named best film of 2015 according to the Czech Academy of Film and Television, will premiere in Italy at the Bergamo Film Meeting.

Lost in Munich

Ztraceni v mnichově
Czech Republic, 2015, 110′

Martin Myšička , Václav Kopta (il direttore), Marek Taclík, Jana Plodková, Jitka Schneiderová, Vladimír Škultéty

Sir “P” a 90 year old gray parrot, formerly living with Edouard Daladier, the French prime minister responsible for signing the Munich Treaty, comes to Prague to give his “account” of the past events. But can he do it, being just a bird? In a series of weird events sir is kidnapped by a Czech journalist undergoing his midlife crisis. The guy has him publicly say some really controversial statements, causing a diplomatic scandal. At the end of the day it is the French who decide to assassinate their own national hero….And that’s only the half of the story.

The Karamazov Brothers

Czech Republic/Poland/France, 2008, 110′

Ivan Trojan, Igor Chmela, Martin Myšička, David Novotný, Radek Holub, Lenka Krobotová

A film that examines the relationships between lives on both sides of the proscenium, Petr Zelenka’s Karamazovi finds a Prague-based theatrical ensemble arriving in Krakow, Poland – where its members prepare to mount a stage production of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov. The central catch behind this unusual production is the locale: the play will be conducted at the local steelworks. Zelenka’s central narrative crisscrosses two spheres of reality – the documentary-like sphere of the actors playing the characters, and the more traditional cinematic narrative involving the characters in the play itself. Soon, distinct, haunting parallels between the two begin to emerge. Then, an unexpected tragedy arrives from out of left field that brutally impacts one of the spectators of the play, and further echoes the structure and preoccupations of the tale in the original novel. Throughout, Zelenka explores one central theme: that of intellectuals and their moral accountability to a world that has lost both spiritual faith and a bedrock of ethos.


Entrance fee

Full ticket: 6,50 €
Reduced price ticket: 5,00 €