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Janus Films to Bring 30 Classic Czech Films to the States

11 July 2017 10:10 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Last week we learned, via the National Film Archive (Czech Republic) that Janus Films (and the Criterion Collection) had just signed a new deal with plans to bring 30 classic Czech films to the Us.

From the announcement:

The National Film Archive has concluded an important contract with distribution company Janus Films which opens the road to expending knowledge of Czech classic films in all of North America.

Among the more than 30 Czech classic films available to American audiences for screening in cinemas and on DVD in the Us and Canada are titles such as The Cremator, Marketa Lazarová, All My Good Countrymen, Three Nuts for Cinderella. It’s made possible thanks to a new contract signed by National Film Archive director Michal Bregant and distribution company Janus Films.

Michal Bregant offered a comment: “We have signed the contract symbolically this week in Bologna at the festival Il cinema ritrovato, which »

- Ryan Gallagher

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Cannes: Celluloid Dreams Picks Up ‘The Interpreter,’ Starring ‘Toni Erdmann’ Lead Actor (Exclusive)

2 May 2017 1:57 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Celluloid Dreams has acquired world rights to Martin Sulik’s “The Interpreter,” which stars Peter Simonischek, the lead actor in the Oscar-nominated “Toni Erdmann,” and Jiri Menzel, who won an Oscar as the director of “Closely Observed Trains.”

The film centers on 80-year-old Ali Ungar, who comes across a book by a former SS officer describing his wartime activities in Slovakia. He realizes his parents were executed by him, and sets out to take revenge, but finds instead the SS officer’s 70-year-old son, Georg, a retired teacher.

Georg, who had avoided his father all his life, decides to find out more about him, and Ali offers to be his interpreter. “The two old men embark on a journey to meet surviving witnesses of the [murders], and discover a country eager to forget its past,” according to a statement.

Sulik, who previously directed “Gypsy,” co-wrote the film with Marek Lescak. Rudolf Biermann »

- Variety Staff

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Review: ‘Railroad Tigers’ is a Cartoonish, Bloated Action Caper

5 January 2017 11:51 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Railroad Tigers is one of those films where, despite its few-versus-many premise, the antagonist often feels like the one with nine lives. That is to say, it is not star Jackie Chan and his small band of freedom fighters who seem like they are surviving by the skin of their teeth, but instead gliding effortlessly through hazardous scenarios. With its 1941 setting in a small Chinese town invaded by the Japanese, this feels like a bit of an anomaly. Yet Chan and company dodge around, knock-out, and dupe their exceptionally silly Japanese oppressors (led by Hiroyuki Ikeuchi of Ip Man villainy) through almost every set-piece and moment of tension, conjuring up images of Buster Keaton or Road Runner. This function makes for some giddily fun scenarios, with wonderful choreography and cartoonish violence, but director and editor Ding Sheng makes the mistake of stuffing his two-plus-hour runtime with unnecessary downtime and bouts of narrative incoherence. »

- Mike Mazzanti

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