World Premiere of Mezel’s Don Juans to Be Held in Montreal

Prague, 22 August, 2013 – Jiří Menzel’s luscious comedy The Don Juans will premiere at one of the most significant film festivals on the American continent. A special screening in the World Greats section will take place on 27th August at the Montreal World Film Festival. Jiří Menzel will be a president of the jury there. The release in Montreal will be almost immediately followed by Menzel’s tour of the U.S.



The World Film Festival in Montreal is, together with Toronto, one of the two most significant festivals on the North American continent. The makers of The Don Juans were very pleased when they found out that their film would start its journey to its audiences at this festival, all the more so for being included in the prestigious World Greats section. Shortly after it was announced that the film had been selected for the Montreal festival, a personal invitation for Jiří Menzel to become the president of the international jury arrived too. He accepted gladly because he has great memories of the Montreal festival. In the past, his films The End of Old Times (Konec starých časů) and My Sweet Little Village (Vesničko má středisková) were awarded here.

Thanks to that The Don Juans obtained a great backdrop for their release in the world distribution. The pleasant environment of the francophone Montreal is accentuated by the fact that the film will be screened in Cinema Imperial. There could not be a better location for the film’s world premiere. Originally a vaudeville theatre, today the main stage of the Montreal film festival, the cinema seems to be a copy of the theatre in Tábor where The Don Juans story line takes place. It is just a little larger, it can seat approximately 1000 viewers.

The subsequent screenings of The Don Juans will be held on the American continent too. Soon after returning from Canada, Jiří Menzel will set out on a tour of the United States. On 15th September The Don Juans will be screened in the American Film Institute Theatre in Silver Creek. Only a couple of days later the film will be screened in New York in Manhattan.

The official Czech premiere will be held on 25th September in Rudolfinum. First audiences in all of the Czech Republic will get to see it on 26th September.

Jiří Menzel’s latest film The Don Juans is a luscious comedy about a passion for music and a passion for women. The film stars Libuše Šafránková, Jan Hartl and Martin Huba.

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