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Kooky

Kuky se vrací
Director: Jan Svěrák

Czech Republic, Animation, 2010, 95 min, lithuanian
Asthmatic, six-year-old Ondra (Ondřej Svěrák) is forced to throw away his scruffy, sawdust-stuffed old teddy bear, Kooky. That night he prays for the safe return of his furry friend. Soon afterwards, Ondra starts dreaming, that somewhere across town, Kooky is about to be crushed in a rubbish dump when he suddenly comes to life, making his escape into a mysterious forest. It is full of strange creatures Kooky had never dreamed of when at home in Ondra's bed. The naïve, cuddly teddy bear needs help to survive amongst the rough-and-ready creatures of the forest and he finds it when he meets the crotchety forest guardian Goddamn. He is in charge of watching over the forest, but he has his enemies too – the malevolent Nuschka plans to take over the forest, by proving that the short-sighted but good-hearted Goddamn is not up to the job of guardian. So Kooky begins his adventurous journey home... Using puppetry and live action,“Kookyˮ, directed by the famous czech master of comedy Jan Svěrák, is an inventive, thrilling family tale about the power of imagination.
 
Awards: 
 
2010 – Special Jury Prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czech Republic).
2011 – Best Edit, Best Sound and Best Music Awards at the Czech Lions Awards (Prague, Czech Republic).
 
About the director: 
 
Renowned Czech filmmaker Jan Svěrák was born in 1965 in Žatec, Czech Republic. He studied documentary filmmaking at the Prague Film Academy (FAMU), from which he graduated in 1988. At the Academy he directed several short films and two television films. His feature debut, “Elementary Schoolˮ (Obecná skola, 1991), a heart-warming period film set in post-war Czechoslovakia, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Director‘s next film, “Accumulator 1ˮ (Akumulátor 1, 1994), was awarded the Media Prize at the Venice International Film Festival (Italy), received the Grand Prix at the International Fantastic Adventure Film Festival at Yubari (Japan), and on home territory the popularity of the film brought Jan Svěrák the Czech Lion Prize. Jan Svěrák’s third film, “The Rideˮ (Jízda, 1994), was also a big hit with audiences and received the Crystal Globe, the main prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czech Republic). Director‘s next films also received numerous awards, among them the Academy Award and the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film for his comic drama “Kolyaˮ (Kolja, 1996). “Kookyˮ is Jan Svěrák‘s first animation film.
Section: Learning from Cinema

Screenplay: Jan Svěrák

Dir. of Photography: Vladimír Smutný, Mark Bliss

Music: Michal Novinski

Cast: Zdeněk Svěrák, Jiří Macháček, Petr Čtvrtníček, Pavel Liška, Oldřich Kaiser, Kristýna Fuitová, Ondřej Svěrák