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MAKANNA

Music documentary film from the orchestra performance MAKANNA, based on the novel of the Jewish writer Jiří Weil, about the rise and fall of the 7th century false prophet with his face covered with the green veil and his eyes glowing as embers.

Soundtrack via iTunes, Spotify and SupraphOnLine
https://www.supraphonline.cz/album/5152-makanna
https://open.spotify.com/album/5HeR8R6NxmU2A2NU1UORGz

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Music documentary film MAKANNA, based on the novel of the Jewish writer Jiří Weil (1900 - 1959), from the concert performance of the ballet MAKANNA, composed by composer Irena Kosíková for voice (Jan Židlický), solo cello (František Brikcius) and orchestra (Jan Talich - conductor, Talich Chamber Orchestra), was held at the Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia under the auspices of Sir Tom Stoppard and Václav Havel.

The film premier took place at the Vaclav Havel Library in Prague to commemorate the 115th anniversary of birth of the Jewish writer Jiří Weil. Under the auspices of the Mayor of Prague 1, the premiere was part of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days, the 17th Poetry Day Festival and the 4th Festival Brikcius. It was recently screened in Beijing (the 9the European Union Film Festival in China), in Lisbon (MUVI - International Music Film Festival in Portugal) and in Mexico (FIC AUTOR - Author's International Film Festival).

The novel Makanna - The Father of Miracles describes the rise and fall of a historical person - the 7th century false prophet. ........ "Unearthed from ancient times, this unfamiliar oriental world becomes in this novel a living, colourful picture reminding us of not-so-distant historical tyranny. The novel Makanna was written in 1940 and published in 1941 under a cover name, whose owner was tortured to death in Mauthausen."

For more details visit http://Festival.Brikcius.com , https://filmfreeway.com/MAKANNA and http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5346634 .

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Music documentary film MAKANNA (online premiere):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KL5HNB2Y-Ug

There are English (Czech, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese!) subtitles available (you can turn them on by clicking the subtitles/captions icon at the bottom of the video).

Watch it now for free!

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Official selection:
WALTHAM FOREST CELLO FEST 2019 - "London Borough of Culture meets Classical Music"
FIC AUTOR - Festival Internacional de Cine de Autor 2017, Mexico
MedFF - Mediterranean Film Festival 2017
Festival Brikcius - the 6th Chamber Music Concert Series in Prague & Daniel Pearl World Music Days 2017
MUVI - Festival Internacional de Música no Cinema Lisbon 2016, Portugal
EUFF - the 9th European Union Film Festival Beijing 2016, China
ICMA - International Christian Music Awards 2016
Colossus Film Festival - Best Music Video 2016
SABC - Ekurhuleni International Film Festival 2016
PolishFest - Polish International Film Festival 2016

Official nomination:
Colortape International Film Festival 2017

Finalist:
IndustryBOOST Competition - Indie Wise 2016

Semi-Finalist:
Los Angeles CineFest 2016

Subtitles: English, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, Czech

  • Frantisek Brikcius
    Director
  • Irena Kosikova
    Composer
  • Frantisek Brikcius
    Writer
  • Jiri Weil
    Writer
  • Jan Talich
    Key Cast
    “Jan Talich - Conductor”
    eSACHERe
  • Frantisek Brikcius
    Key Cast
    “Frantisek Brikcius - Cello”
    eSACHERe
  • Jan Zidlicky
    Key Cast
    “Jan Zidlicky - Narrator”
  • Talich Chamber Orchestra
    Key Cast
  • Festival Brikcius
    Producer
  • Ivan Horak
    Sound
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature, Music Video
  • Genres:
    Music Documentary Film, Classical Music, Contemporary Music, Ballet, Jewish, Music, Czech, Cello, Orchestra, Composer, Prague, Documentary
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 4 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 2, 2015
  • Country of Origin:
    Czech Republic
  • Country of Filming:
    Czech Republic
  • Language:
    Czech
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital (DCP, H.264, ...)
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Festival Brikcius
    Vaclav Havel Library, Prague, Czech Republic
    November 2, 2015
    Premiere
    The film premier took place at the Vaclav Havel Library in Prague to commemorate the 115th anniversary of birth of the Jewish writer Jiří Weil. Under the auspices of the Mayor of Prague 1, the premiere was part of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days, the 17th Poetry Day Festival and the 4th Festival Brikcius.
  • 9th European Union Film Festival
    Beijing
    China
    October 16, 2016
  • Daniel Pearl World Music Days
    Prague
    Czech Republic
    November 9, 2016
  • MUVI - International Music Film Festival
    Lisbon
    Portugal
    December 1, 2016
    Portugal Premiere
  • FIC AUTOR - Festival Internacional de Cine de Autor

    Mexico
    November 13, 2017
    North America Premiere
  • WALTHAM FOREST CELLO FEST 2019 - "London Borough of Culture meets Classical Music"
    London
    United Kingdom
    October 16, 2019
    The UK premiere
Director Biography - Frantisek Brikcius

Czech cellist, artistic director and independent film-maker František Brikcius created his first music documentary film MAKANNA (in the cooperation with the Jewish Museum in Prague and under the auspices of Sir Tom Stoppard and Václav Havel) in 2015. It's based on the novel of the Jewish writer Jiří Weil, about the rise and fall of the 7th century false prophet with his face covered with the green veil and his eyes glowing as embers. Recently he is working on new music documentary film eSACHERe (2017). For more details visit http://www.Brikcius.com and http://Festival.Brikcius.com .

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- MAKANNA (2015)
- eSACHERe (2018)