Central Express - a Cabiria Films Production

Executive Producers: Aleksandar Manic, Judita Krizova, Micha Kovler


INTRODUCTION:
“Central Express” is a Tv program produced by Movie Movie in collaboration with RAI Radio-television Italian– Rai Educational and the European Commission.


 

CONCEPT:
The program is aimed for the Italian audience and meant to support the EU Enlargement’s consent but, more than this, to the creation of common values and of a friendly relationship with the new Countries.
Central Express wants to stimulate interest and curiosity towards these new Countries so that they will appear not as far and foreign as the look now, suggesting the possibility of a more integrated culture.
 
 


FORMAT:

The program is structured in 26 episodes (each 30 minutes long), 2 a each Country, both shaped in two packages/shorts (each 10/12 minutes long) and one interview (8/10 minutes long).


RESULT:
All together, the four packages/shorts and the two interviews concerning a Country will provide the Italian audience with a many-sided portrait of the Country itself, lightening different points of views, underlining those aspects which are the most original and the less stereotyped, and showing contrasts and contradictions.
The program wants to tell stories of success and sorrow, integration and marginal, showing the spirit of the people and revealing the soul and the identity of the Country of reference.

The Jazz Adventures of Emil Viklicky
Directed by Jakub Sommer

A portrait of acclaimed Czech Jazz pianist and composer Emil Viklicky, whose musical ideas, themes and melodies, stem from a rich Moravian folk music tradition. In combining Moravian folk with elements of jazz, Viklicky has invented a unique musical style.

Raising Women in Bohemia
Directed by Judita Krizova

Two of the most successful Czech Businesswomen confess what hardships they had to master on their way to establishing themselves in a male dominated business world. Lucie Pilipova and Jana Ryslinkova not only allow insights in their private lives, but also
explain the psychological barriers in a post Communist society that still prefers men in leading positions in culture and society.

 

Bridges to Europe
Directed by Aleksandar Manic

Interview with the Enfant Terrible of the Czech art scene and director of Czech National Galleries, Milan Knizak, who contemplates about the transformation of the perception of art in a period of social and political change after the 89 Revolution.

Stokers
Directed by Judita Krizova

Being a stoker, during Communist times, was a popular occupation amongst the Prague intellectuals. In the heating cellars, surrounded by coal, a labyrinth of pipes and boilers, the Stokers say they lived on the lowest levels of society, which could not exist without their work, providing it with a matter as simple as heat. Living in the womb of society, the Stokers explain, gave them security and piece, one which was not disturbed by the manifestations of the Regime. This is where Samizdat literature, poetry and music was created, copied and from where it was distributed to the "surface," where it eventually reached all those who were looking for a loophole to freedom.

 

 

Beauty and the Beast
Directed by Igor Chaun

Humorous portrait of popular young Czech opera singer Tereza Matlova, who is the Beauty. Igor Chaun, the director, who presents himself as The Beast, incessantly follows her around.

 

Healing the Wounds of the Past
Directed by Judita Krizova

Interview with Czech senator and Czech Ambassador to UNESCO, Jaroslava Moserova, who was a medical doctor during the Prague Spring in 1969. As a burns specials she was the first who treated Jan Palach, a young student who burned himself on Wenceslas Square as a sign of protest against the Russian invasion. Ever since, a part of herself is devoted to reminding Czech society to stay true to their National independence and freedom.

 

  • Italian Premier
  • European premiere:
  • Czech Premier
 
   
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