Cinema Diverse: Director's Choice - Autumn Spring (Czech Republic, 2001)
Jira Maligool is a critically acclaimed director, widely renowned for his sympathetic approach to his subjects in a body of work that celebrates the hope and humanity of ordinary Thais. His directorial debut, Mekhong Full Moon Party, received an astounding 21 awards including the coveted Thailand National Film Association Awards for Best Director.
His second film, The Tin Mine, is the on screen adaptation of one of Thailand’s most prominent literary classics “Meung Rae”, an autobiography of Archin Panjabhan. The story picks up when our author is retired from engineering school for not passing his final exam. The year is 1949 and as punishment for his indiscretion, his family sends him to work as a miner in Phang-nga, a province in Southern of Thailand. It is touchingly true story about an average boy who’s seemingly average experiences forges him into a man that has an extraordinary appreciation for the simple things that life has to offer. The Tin Mine won 6 Thailand National Film Association Awards including Best Pictures and Best Director.
His latest film, a romantic drama called Seven Something, was born from his idea that if you really notice, all of us would go through major changes every 7 years, and thus the name of the film. For his episode, “42.195” is a story about a 42 years old woman who tries to find inspiration in life of through running a 42.195 km marathon.
Jira Maligool also serves as the Head of Creative and Development for GMM TAI HUB CO., LTD – “GTH”. He actively involves in all aspects of the filmmaking process, serving as screenwriter, cinematographer and one of the producers for all of the success of GTH’s films.
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Cinema Diverse: Director's Choice : a Czech film, Autumn Spring (2001) directed by Vladimir Michalek and chosen by Jira Maligool, a renowned Thai director of The Tin Mine, Mekhong Full Moon Party and Seven Something (Episode 42.195).
A wry, bittersweet comedy in the classic Czech tradition, Vladimir Michalek’s Autumn Spring stars the great Vlastimil Brodsky (Closely Watched Trains, Jacob the Liar) as Fanda, a terminal prankster who refuses to grow up and face responsibility. Despite constant pleas from his wife and son, who want him to make some serious decisions about the future, Fanda ignores their nagging and spends his days seeking amusement and adventure.
Aided and abetted by his longtime pal and former theatre colleague Eda, Fanda keeps his acting skills sharpened by pretending to be a host of fascinating characters. Although Fanda bickers constantly with his wife, their bond is palpable – even if life with Fanda is frustrating, deep down she knows that at least it is never boring. The couple soon realizes, however, that maybe Fanda is right – instead of old age being a time to take on worries, perhaps it is the time to shed them and live each day to the fullest.
With Autumn Spring, Vladimir Michalek has created a delightfully subtle, moving comedy about age, marriage, friendship and the art of living. It marks the final performance of renowned Czech actor Brodský, who committed suicide shortly after the film was made. Autumn Spring won 4 Czech Lion awards in 2001 (Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Screenplay), Best Film at Cleveland International Film Festival 2002, Audience Choice Award at St. Louis International Film Festival 2002, and has been shown at many festivals throughout the world.
Vladimír Michálek (born 2 November 1956) is a Czech film director and screenwriter. Michálek graduated from Czech film Academy FAMU, Prague, in 1992. Starting during his academic study he was filming documentaries. He joined the Barrandov Studios as assistant director, where he worked as an assistant director to many foreign directors including Margarethe von Trotta (Rosa Luxembourg), Bernhard Wicky (The Spider’s Web I and II), Reinhard Hauff (The Blue Eye), Andrew Birkin (The Burning Secret) and Ted Kotcheff (The Shooter).
His first feature film, Amerika, a free adaptation of the Kafka novel was release in 1994. In 1996 Forgotten Light, also based on Franz Kafka´s story, followed. The film ran on the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, as did this next movie, Sekal Has to Die, two years later. The latter won ten Czech Lion awards, including Best Direction, and succeeded Forgotten Light as the Czech Oscar-nominee. As with Amerika, he wrote the screenplay for his film Angel Exit 2000. The film won the 2002 Daring Digital Award on the Jeonju International Film Festival and earned two Czech Lion Awards. His next film, Sekal Has to Die (1997) was the 1997 Czech nominee for the Academy Award, winner of the Critics’ Choice Award at the 1998 Los Angeles International Film Festival and the winner of ten Czech Lion awards.
Autumn Spring (2001), starring Vlastimil Brodský in his last role, received favorable reviews, such as in The New York Times and The Washington Post. It won a number of prizes from various international film festivals around the world. Michálek also works for TV productions such as the 2003 series Záchranári as well as directed the music videos.
Event Date: 19 July 2014
Location: Auditorium, 5th floor
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