FROM BOHEMIA'S WOODS AND FIELDS

Directed by Ian Woodward


The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead & Roundhead


Category: Documentary Short
Year: 2012
Run Time: 28 min
Narrator: Beth Mayoh
Run Time: 28 min
UK (filmed in the Czech Republic), English narration

Synopsis: Bedrich Smetana was one of Europe's first great 19th century nationalist composers. In his native Bohemia - now part of today's Czech Republic - he created the distinctive Czech style which won him the admiration of fellow composers Gustav Mahler, Franz Liszt and Richard Strauss. In his epic, six-part orchestral suite, Ma Vlast (My Country), he was at his brilliant best in depicting the legends, history and countryside of Bohemia. And yet he became totally deaf soon after writing Vltava, the cycle's second and most frequently performce section. The film charts the tragic last decade of Smetana's life when, despite deafness and personal turmoil, he wrote two colorful suites of Czech dances.

"This is an extraordinary film. The screenplay, camera work, editing, use of music and sound generally, including the sensitive delivery of the narrator, makes this a masterpiece of film creation." --Ladislav Frantis, President, Czech Film Festival

Screenings: Hollywood Media Festival, Litomysl Lily Film Festival (Czech Republic), Berlin International Short Film Festival, Christian Life International Film Festival, European Film Festival (Poland), Seoul International Film Festival (partial list)

Awards: Best Film of the Festival & Best Documentary, Melbourne International Movie Festival-Australiia; Best Documentary & Best Narrator, The Christian Film Festival-US; Best Documentary, The Hollywood Media Festival; Best Cinematography, Seoul International Film Festival-South Korea (partial list)

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SCREENING INFO

Friday, April 20, 7:00 PM
UACCB
$5 / $4 Students and Over Age 54
$3 Foothills Film Society Members