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Febiofest festival to offer 160 films in March

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Prague, Jan 30 (CTK) – The 25th Febiofest international film festival will offer some 160 films in Prague where it will be held on March 15-23, festival director Fero Fenic told reporters on Tuesday.

The event will continue in other towns from March 26 to April 21.

“The festivals held so far were visited by more than one million viewers who saw 4390 films from 186 countries. The festival presented 41 Kristian awards to significant personalities in domestic and world cinematography,” Fenic said.

Along with the festival’s main venue in the CineStar Praha-Andel, another multiplex in Cerny Most and the National Film Archive’s Ponrepo cinema, the festival films will be for the first time screened in a mobile cinema on Wenceslas Square in the city centre.

Anna Kopecka and Michal Hogenauer have been the Febiofest artistic directors since last year.

The programme’s flagship is the New Europe competition section of debuts and second films of starting European directors. Its antipole is the Masters section presenting new films by renowned film.makers.

“We will introduce Asian, Balkan and Scandinavian cinematography, but also films by independent authors from the United States. The Queer Now section includes films touching upon the identity and (sexual) orientation topics and the Night circus will please fans of action and horror movies,” Kopecka said.

As Febiofest turns 25 years, it will offer the ten most popular films since its establishment in the “Best of” section, including Mulholland Drive by David Lynch and The Pianist by Roman Polanski.

Singer Marta Kubisova, who ended her career on her 70th birthday last year, will be a honorary chair of the New Europe section. The jury members will be again 33 selected film fans who will bestow Grand Prix, which carries 5000 euros, on the winning film.

The festival’s novelty will be three-day, five-day and nine-day passes whose holders will be able to book tickets in advance as of March 8.

The Febiofest’s charity partner is the Drop of Hope foundation, helping children with cancer. A special charity concert will be staged in the Spanish Hall at Prague Castle on March 17.

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