On 16 November, Ostrava magazine Protimluv will organize a screening of the oldest silent film about Ostrava at the Cineport cinema, on the premises of the Mine Hlubina. It will be accompanied by live music performed by Pavel Johan Johančík (guitar, effects) and Jiří Macháček (violin). As part of the accompanying programme, a vernissage of the Na šachtě (In a Shaft) exhibition by painter and graphic artist Eduard Halberštát and an author reading from journalist and theatre critic Ladislav Vrchovský’s novel Z podzemí ke slunci (From Underground to the Sun), which was published this year, will take place in Café Maryčka.
The event will start at 6 pm with the vernissage, followed by the author reading by Ladislav Vrchovský, and at 7 pm will start the screening with opening remarks by movie critic and historian Martin Jiroušek.
The Shaft of Buried Ideas (Czechoslovakia, 1921) is a feature film inspired by social unrest in the Ostrava region. This drama, which employs verses of Ostrava poet Petr Bezruč and Emil Zola’s legacy, is full of passion, betrayal, murder, sexual blackmail and sabotage amidst workers’ riots in dirty pits. And most of all, it contains pictures of pre-war Ostrava. The film was censored on 8 October 1921 and was released after editing on 17 February 1922. All film stocks have been considered lost for years, however, in the second half of the 1990s, one of the distribution versions was accidentally discovered at a private owner.
The event is financially supported by the City of Ostrava as part of the celebrations of the 750th anniversary of the first written mention of Ostrava.