Šeli jsme do Puppu!

The party was at the Grand Hotel Pupp. Rhymes with 'soup'. I didn't get there until nearly 1 a.m., but it was still fairly swinging. As I mention in tomorrow's issue of the Festival daily, anyone can start a party, but it's the one's that finish that really get my respect. Those would include actors Colm Meaney and Bernard Hill, director David Ondricek, the ubiquitous Nils Jebens, erm, us, Prague Post film dude Ray Johnston, and that guy. You know, the one in this year's KVIFF trailer. He also appears in Rex-patriates as Radek. His name is Petr apparently, and I think he should be a star. But then, I think you ought to be a star.

Harvey Keitel's acceptance speech last night was really good. It was brief, to the point, and relevant. He recalled his first hearing about what was then Czechoslovakia. He had been asked to sign a petition asking the communist regime to free some playwright he'd never really heard of. He did, and a bunch of NY artists went down to the Czechoslovak embassy and knocked on the door. The door opened a crack, they shoved the petition in, and then the door slammed shut. Good story. He even pronounced 'Václav' properly.

You know how the Czech press is kinda funny sometimes? There's a cutline in our Saturday issue: "British actor Bernard Hill enjoyed the carriage ride. The gentle spa wind ruffles his hair and Marek Eben laughed."

Mmm ... planter's punch ...


At 12:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Theo,

I'm looking for blogs or reports about movies and creation at Karlovy Vary. Have you seen any good movies yet?


At 8:12 PM, Blogger Theo said...

A couple, David: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Story of the Wheeping Camel, Dealer, bits of The Boys From County Clare and Schultze Gets the Blues, Gimme Shelter, several films from Iranian director Samira Makhmalbaf, and Rex-Patriates. If you're interested in reviews, I'd recommend looking elsewhere as I'm not a film critic. I hope to post information here you can't get anyplace else.

At 12:13 PM, Blogger Scott said...

So it's true that while Harvey Keitel said "Czechoslovakia," he didn't say "Czechoslovakia" the way we usually mean it when somebody says "He said 'Czechoslovakia'"? Because that's what I heard, that he said "Czechoslovakia" as in he "said 'Czechoslovakia.'" But he didn't did he?

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