Focus on Czech Animation
Lev in pesem / Lev a písnička / The Lion and the Song
Češkoslovaška, 1959, 35mm, 17:00
A famous film story about the indestructibility and everlastingness of art. It is not a mere coincidence that exactly this topic is repeated so many times in Czech animation. Pojar's story of a harlequin who is survived by his art is the first one to develop this motif. The film was very successful internationally and it is a masterpiece of both Czech and world animation.
Piskač iz Hamelina / Krysař / The Pied Piper
Češkoslovaška, Zahodna Nemčija, 1985, 35mm, 55:00
A modern version of the medieval German legend about a rat-catcher that punishes the sinful and insolent town Hammeln. It is one of the most complex animated films ever shot. The original legend serves only as a basis for a completely new, exceptional art piece from both artistic and film point of view. The film deserves its place among the masterpieces of Czech and world animation.