The most successful annual festival CINEMA MUNDI so far has ended. Within eight screening days, it achieved a record of thirteen thousand spectators, which is about one third more than last year. Among the most attractive movies according to the viewers, was the film Silver Linings Playbook that started the festival. Apart from that, other movies like the winner of the Czech Lion Award called In the Spot or the winner of the whole festival Blood of My Blood by the Portuguese director João Canijo had their place in the sun as well. The visitors had also a chance to meet more than twenty of Czech and foreign guests, participate in discussion panels and taste specialties of foreign cuisines.
“In the four years of its existence we managed to make CINEMA MUNDI an event which is not only the biggest of its kind in Brno, but it’s starting to have a big name in Czech Republic and maybe also abroad,” says Josef Čadík, the president of the festival. Lukáš Skupa, the dramaturg of the festival, comments on that: “I think that compared to last year we’ve managed to get to a whole new level. Provided we find the resources, we’ll expand the side movie sections and supporting program even further. And I’m also pleased about the winning film, because it was among my favourites from the start.”
This year’s festival offered to the spectators seventy two movies in hundred and four screenings in total, that took place in seven cinemas. The fourth annual festival expanded to three new screening venues: the Art Cinema, Bolek Polívka Theatre and Šanson Theatre and there were also the traditional venues such as Lucerna and Velký Špalíček. “I’m grateful that there are emerging and supported festivals that feature films that you won’t see elsewhere. They are elite pieces that are worth watching,” commented the guest director Jan Hřebejk on the program choice. Bolek Polívka, who supported CINEMA MUNDI for the fourth time as its patron, praises it the same way.
“I’ve seen two movies, one of them was the historic drama A Royal Affair, which impressed me very much. The other one, eventually the winning movie Blood of My Blood, left a deep, but inconsistent feeling,” confessed a viewer Lenka Secká. “On the whole, though, I’m very excited about the festival and I can’t wait for the next year,” she added. Apart from movies she gives credit to the supporting program and to the chance to meet foreign makers. This year, there was the director of the winning movie João Canijo, the actress Ivanna Illjenko and directors Jiří Menzel or Jiří Chlumský among them.
One of this year’s rare guests was also the Turkish producer Baran Seyhan who got very excited because of the festival atmosphere. “Among other things, I was surprised by the management of the event that is much more professional than you could expect from such a young festival,” he said and added that he is looking forward to the next year.
Next year will be even better
CINEMA MUNDI has a preliminary date set for its fifth volume on 26 February to 5 March 2014. The main section will remain unchanged by the dramaturgy, the festival will again present fifty movies nominated on Oscars in the category of the Best Foreign Language Film. The side movies section will aim on Balkan and Australia this time and the supporting program will follow this direction. “Brno deserves a festival that will become one of the essential symbols of the city and we’re going to do maximum for that,” promised the head of CINEMA MUNDI Josef Čadík.
Author: Adéla Beranová