28/5 — 1/6 & 9 — 15/9/2021
61st International Film Festival
for Children and Youth
12. 9. 2021

In the thematic section Literature in Film we are screening almost 40 films

In the thematic section Literature in Film, the Zlín Film Festival will screen almost 40 films, which are divided into minisections: The Club of Heroes, Young Academy, European Corner, Comic Book Paradise, and Classics.This year's festival will be dedicated to two now legendary films, which twenty years ago became an integral part of the history of film craft.

"The aforementioned films have contributed to a huge increase in readers and fans of their literary pattern: Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien and Harry Potter by JK Rowling. From the British Isles, their popularity spread throughout the world, which subsequently influenced other spheres of artistic life outside of book and film,"

explained artistic director Markéta Pášmová.

  

In addition to the film program, the book theme will also be reflected in the supporting activities of the autumn part of the Zlín Film Festival. "For Harry Potter fans, for example, we are preparing a special zone divided according to the four Hogwarts houses in the park around the Zlín Chateau," said the Executive Director of the Zlín Film Festival, Jarmila Záhorová, adding other activities related to the main theme of this year's festival: "Jaroslav Němeček, the creative duo of Martin Šinkovský and Ticho762, and theorist and editor Tomáš Prokůpek will come to Zlín to talk about Czech comics. For fans of the American giants Marvel and DC Comics, there is a lecture by comic reviewer Ondřej Král. It is a great honor for us to welcome one of the legends of Czech literature and screenwriting, Vladimír Körner, who will be presented in Zlín by the literary and film critic Jan Lukeš." The festival zones will also host authors' readings and gatherings. Petra Hůlová, a member of last year's film jury, will present her brand new book for young readers, Fox Eyes. The well-known Czech author of books for children and youth Iva Procházková will visit the festival again with the book Even Mice Belong in Heaven, whose film adaptation they will be able to see on the big screen as part of the film program.

 

The Club of Heroes

The book heroes would go into a separate film festival, but the organizers believe that even in this minisection, most children will find their favorite. We welcome heroes such as the clever Wimpy Kid, Paddington, Atreyu and Bastian from the NeverEnding Story, and the Lucky Four, an immortal group from the pen of Jaroslav Němeček.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (USA, 2010, Thor Freudenthal)

Paddington (GBR / FRA / USA, 2014, Paul King)

Little Nicholas (FRA / BEL, 2009, Laurent Tirard)

Hunger Games (USA, 2012, Gary Ross)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (USA, 2018, Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman)

NeverEnding Story (GER / USA, 1984, Wolfgang Petersen)

Great Adventure of the Lucky Four (CZE, 2019, Michal Žabka)

Pippi in Taka-Tuka-Land (SWE / GER, 1970, Olle Hellbom)

 

Young Academy

We will deal with young adult literature that is currently very popular in a section called Young Academy. The first loves, friendships, the search for identity or family relationships in the lives of teenagers will be found in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, It's Kind of a Funny Story, and The Fault in Our Stars. We cannot ignore the increasingly popular fantasy genre in the films Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and Ruby Red.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (USA, 2012, Stephen Chbosky)

The Book Thief (USA / GER, 2013, Brian Percival)

It's Kind of a Funny Story (USA, 2010, Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck)

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (USA, 2016, Tim Burton)

The Fault in Our Stars (USA, 2014, Josh Boone)

Love, Simon (USA, 2014, Greg Berlanti)

Ruby Red (GER, 2013, Felix Fuchssteiner)

Ashes in the Snow (USA / LIT, 2018, Marius A. Markevicius)

 

Minisection European Corner

In the European Corner, we will introduce children to the latest film adaptations of well-known European authors of books for children and young people. As in the other sections, it is true that all the mentioned books have been published in Czech. Whether it's the Italian classic Pinocchio with Robert Benigni in the role of Geppetto or the adaptation of another 19th-century novel, Nobody's Boy by Hector Malot. Contemporary European literature will be represented by the films The Ape Star by Swedish author Frida Nilsson and the Spanish film Ivan's Dream by Roberto Santiago.

Remi, Nobody's Boy (FRA, 2018, Antoine Blossier)

The Footballest (SPA, 2018, Miguel Ángel Lamata)

The Ape Star (SWE / NOR / DNK, 2021, Linda Hambäck)

The Ogglies - Welcome to Smelliville (GER, 2020, Jens Møller, Toby Genkel)

Pinocchio (ITA / GBR / FRA, 2019, Matteo Garrone)        

School of Magical Animals (GER, 2021, Gregor Schnitzler)

 

Mini Section Comic Book Paradise

The growing popularity of comics among young readers has also been reflected in an exhibition of well-known and lesser-known comics and their film adaptations. The cute Finnish Moomins, the brave Little Vampire by world-renowned comic book author Joann Sfar, and a pair of brothers in the adventurous Zip & Zap and the Captain's Island are ready for the little ones. Older "kids" can look forward to Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind by Japanese artist and director Hayao Miyazaki.

Persepolis (USA / FRA, 2007, Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi)

Moomins on the Riviera (FIN / FRA, 2014, Hanna Hemilä, Xavier Picard)

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (JAP, 1984, Hajao Mijazaki)

Little Spirou (FRA / BEL, 2017, Nicolas Bary)

Alois Nebel (CZE / GER, 2011, Tomáš Luňák)

Ghost World (USA / GBR / GER, 2001, Terry Zwigoff)

Zip & Zap and the Captain's Island (SPA, 2016, Oskar Santos)

Little Vampire (FRA / BEL, 2020, Joann Sfar)

 

Minisection Classics

              

Our literary theme cannot leave out classic novels, which have become an inspiration for other works of art. The Classics section was created in collaboration with film and literary critic Jan Lukeš and will offer attractive titles primarily intended for high school students. Myth and Frankenstein, the threat of totalitarianism and 1984, the war experience and All Quiet on the Western Front, and theater and Hamlet. The Czech representatives will be adaptations of the humorous Saturnin, the poem Wild Flowers, and Kundera's first novel The Joke.

Frankenstein (USA, 1931, James Whale)

All Quiet on the Western Front (GBR / USA, 1979, Delbert Man)

1984 (GBR, 1984, Michael Radford)

Forrest Gump (USA, 1992, Robert Zemeckis)

Hamlet (GBR / USA / FRA, 1990, Franco Zeffirelli)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (USA, 1975, Miloš Forman)

Wild Flowers (CZE, 2000, F.A. Brabec)

Saturnin (CZE, 1994, Jiří Veverčák)

Closely Watched Trains (CZE, 1966, Jiří Menzel)

The Joke (CZE, 1968, Jaromil Jireš)

End of the Lonely Farm Berghof (CZE / POL, 1983, Jiří Svoboda)