Support the 10th Noir Film Festival

Seven months to go until the start of the 10th Noir FIlm Festival and we have decided to make our payment account available for those of you who would like to support the jubilee edition of the festival with a financial donation.

You can send your support to the festival account 107-5323330277 / 0100 with the message to the recipient: donor_dar 10.NFF The festival will offer each donor adequate compensation (including possible accreditation) for the donation.

The first 10 donors will receive a special reward from the festival. 🙂

We will start selling this year’s generous passes (Partner, Sponsor and Noir Pass) on March 17, 2022.

The NFF 2022 festival team sincerely thanks you for all your support.

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Merry Christmas and a happy and peaceful year 2022 from the entire team of your most favourite festival. 🖤

10th edition again at Český Šternberk Castle

We are pleased to announce that the 10th Noir Film Festival will once again be held at Český Šternberk Castle.

We look forward to seeing you on 17-21 August 2022!

Victoria Mature’s introduction to I Wake Up Screaming

Victoria Mature, the wonderful daughter of the great Victor Mature made an amazing video introduction to the brilliant noir I Wake Up Screaming (1941) screened at the 9th edition of Noir Film Festival held at Český Šternberk Castle. Thank you very much!

Thank you for a wonderful festival!

We would like to thank our entire festival team and all our supporters for helping us organize the 9th Noir Film Festival. Our big thanks go to Český Šternberk Castle for providing us with a new home, and to all the visitors for sharing an amazing five days of festival with us!

We are looking forward to the 10th edition, the outlines of which are already forming in our heads. 🙂

Noir Film Festival 2021: Day 5

And we’re going to the finale! Four farewell films will be screened on the last day of the festival: in the morning, it will kick off with the noirish gangster film in the Hammett style, Miller’s Crossing (1990) by the sibling duo Joel and Ethan Coen. Those who missed the festival’s first screening on Wednesday afternoon, the prejudice-themed noir Crossfire (1947), will have a chance to see it before noon, as well as Snake Poison (1981), which will be introduced in person by actress Ilona Svobodová, for whom Vláčil’s film was her feature debut. At 2:30 pm we will bid farewell to the visitors with a screening of the visually refined The Crooked Way (1949), which tells the story of a war veteran who, with shrapnel in his head and amnesia, sets out to find his lost past.

Noir Film Festival 2021: Day 4

Saturday morning statistics report that six of the seventeen screenings tonight are sold out! From 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 after midnight, a diverse selection of films across all program sections will be screened in the five interior theaters. The stories of noir men without a past will be told with sophisticated playfulness by films such as Somewhere in the Night (1946), The High Wall (1947) and The Man Who Wasn’t (2001). This time, visitors will ride to the rhythm of Bollywood with Madhumati (1958) and The Fog (1964). Lawless (1950), Queen & Slim (2019) and Storm Warning (1951) will tell the story of prejudice. The latter will be screened in the Kaspar Sternberg Courtyard, for the last open air screening of the year. Before that, however, Starej pán will play the film’s tunes in the Hanna Maciuchová Courtyard. So don’t miss any of it!

Noir Film Festival 2021: Day 3

The third day of the festival will bring fifteen screenings – twice visitors will be able to ride the rhythmic Bollywood waves of singing and dancing amidst the crime plots of C.I.D. (1956) and Gamble (1951). The Coen pranksters will entertain them with inventive variations on imperfectly conceived crime in Blood Simple (1984) and Fargo (1996).

Friday will be marked, among other things, by tributes to acting icons: Bette Davis will be seen as a conniving femme fatale in the dark melodrama Beyond the Forest (1949), Victor Mature will dazzle with charisma as a wrongly accused man in I Wake Up Screaming (1941), and Hana Maciuchová will be remembered at a screening of the TV production of Deth on the Hour (1981). This year, we will honour the iconic noir face Humphrey Bogart with The Enforcer (1951), in which he portrayed a prosecutor on the trail of organised crime and which will be screened in the open air in the castle courtyard.

Before the open-air screening begins, the audience will see the winning short film of the Night of Film Hopes, which has been organised by TV Nova for 14 years and which, in cooperation with the Noir Film Festival, has announced this year a special category „Make a Noir Film“. The author of the winning film, Sleepless Night (or Norma is not Bates), Rudolf Vodička from the Theatre Faculty of the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno, will be presented with the award in the evening. Those who won’t want to sleep after midnight and will be hungry for a movie are invited to a midnight screening of the breezy noir B-movie Clay Pigeon (1949).

Remembering Hana Maciuchová

During the opening ceremony we remembered our beloved patron and supporter, actress Hana Maciuchová (1945-2021).

Noir Film Festival 2021: Day 2

Visitors will be able to choose from ten screenings during the second day of the Noir Film Festival. Three Czechoslovak titles will be on the program – Ošklivá slečna (The Plain Old Maid, 1959), starring Dana Medřická and Karel Höger, a psychological drama about the disturbing bond between a young girl and an older man, made by the creative duo of Karel Kachyňa and Jan Procházka under the title Závrať (Vertigo, 1962), and the silent film Příchozí z temnot (The Arrival from the Darkness, 1921), made a hundred years ago, which will be accompanied by cellist Terezie Kovalová.

During the second day, the Coen brothers will also be on hand with the cult classic Fargo (1996) and their „miraculous“ debut Blood Simple (1984), in which they entertain the audience with a sophisticated, unpredictable play on noir archetypes and narrative patterns, much like they did with the classic noir Somewhere in the Night (1946). The gothic Bollywood noir The Fog (Kohraa, 1964) will provide a thrilling exotic spectacle, while the melodrama Not Wanted (1949), about the hardships of a single mother, and the socially engaged The Lawless (1950), set in a racist American small town, will stir strong emotions.

The second night of the festival will also be marked by the launch of a special Blu-ray edition of No Way Out (1950), released by Art4Film in cooperation with the festival (having previously released Hitchcock’s Rebecca and Mackendrick’s Sweet Smell of Success on blue disc). „The film, about a young black doctor (debuting Sidney Poitier) who is wrongly accused of murder by a racist criminal, is the best example of the socially conscious filmmaking championed by Darryl F. Zanuck at Twentieth Century-Fox,“ says programmer Milan Hain, who wrote the accompanying study for the booklet. The disc will be christened by the festival’s godfathers: actor Igor Bareš and director and producer Václav Marhoul. No Way Out (1950) will be enjoyed under the night sky in the castle courtyard, where before the film the dreamy melodies of melancholic songs by the singer Sara Vondrášková aka Never Sol will be played.

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