What not to miss at this year’s PSFF?

The Prague Science Film Fest starts tomorrow, and we bring you some tips for screenings and events you should not miss.

On Monday at 1 p.m., we recommend the film Ode to Nature which reveals the natural biodiversity of a territory spreading from the Baltic to the Alps. The vast species diversity captured in the breath-taking footage suggests that all may not be lost when it comes to the nature of the Anthropocene, and it is up to us to safeguard our natural wealth. There will be an opening short film NATURE_2.0, which, on the contrary, focuses on the separation of man from the natural world. At 5 p.m., you can enjoy the screening of Allergy Alert. As the name suggests, the documentary deals with a topic close to many of us. The film will be followed by a discussion with immunologist Philippe Starkl. The official Festival opening will be held at 7 p.m. with the screening of River, which takes the audience on a spectacular river voyage accompanied by Willem Dafoe’s voiceover.

A lot is in store for you on Tuesday as well. Director Steffen Krones will present his film The North Drift at 2:30 p.m. It charts the journey of a bottle made in Germany to the Norwegian archipelago of Lofoten. It draws our attention to the fight against pollution while astutely capturing the surrounding nature. At 9 p.m., we will screen Cow, which is a cinematic portrait of Luma, the dairy cow, by Oscar-winning director Andrea Arnold.

On Wednesday at 11 a.m., you can enjoy four episodes of the Into the Wilderness series, where the young photographer and filmmaker Prokop Pithart reveals the secrets of the animal and plant kingdom right in our backyards. We are honoured to host the French documentary legend Michal Pitiot with his new film France: A Journey Through Time. Using drone footage and modern computer post-production, the film explores in detail the inhospitable environment of yore to which the French inhabitants have been able to adapt over time.

On the last day of the Festival, we will go all out! At 3 p.m., we recommend watching a screening of the short film I Miss You, Marius on public dissections of animals and the relationship of modern man to nature. The film will be followed by a lecture by conservator Abdi Hedayat and a discussion with the film’s director Péter Becz. At 5 p.m., be sure to go and see After Nature which will be presented by the director Esther Elmholt. The Festival will conclude with a wonderful feel-good picture, My Garden of Thousand Bees, which will show you what happens when a wildlife documentary filmmaker must stay at home during the lockdown and decides to shoot dozens of bee species right in his garden. We bet you haven’t yet seen these little creatures this close!

The complete program day by day is available at:  https://psff.cz/en/program/

We will be ready for you from 10 to 13 October at the ČZU Campus. All screenings take place in the ČZU Auditorium, and in the foyer of the same building, you can pick up your festival band, i.e. your free ticket to all Festival screenings. You can get the band once you register for free at the following link:  https://psff.cz/en/registrace/