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The Czechs Love Our Children

Angel of the Lord amuses underprivileged children at CCP

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By Rica Arevalo

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LITTLE CHERUBS Children and the youth from Bahay Tuluyan, Pangarap Foundation, SOS Village, YMCA and YWCA of Manila

We have always supported projects on film education so when we learned that the Embassy of the Czech Republic is celebrating the International Day of Children, we had to attend the screening of Angel of the Lord at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

What moved me was the laughter of underprivileged children from Bahay Tuluyan, Pangarap Foundation, SOS Village, YMCA, and YWCA of Manila over the 90-minute film.

Czech Ambassador H.E. Jana Šedivá welcomed the children by showing a short animated film starring Krtek, a famous Czech mole. Krtek’s adventures were also exhibited at the CCP.

“We are very happy that we can be together and celebrate with you on the International Day of Children,” says the 44- year-old diplomat. “It is celebrated in my country and European Union every first of June.”

Angel of the Lord, directed by Jiri Strach, is a popular Czech Christmas fairy tale. Petronel (Ivan Trojan) is a clumsy but charming angel who guards the Heavenly Gate. He decides who to enter heaven, hell, and purgatory based on his “investigative” skills. He is so naïve that he listens and considers Uriah (Jiri Dvorak), the devil, his trusted friend.

What moved me was the laughter of underprivileged children from Bahay Tuluyan, Pangarap Foundation, SOS Village, YMCA, and YWCA of Manila over the 90-minute film.

When things go haywire in Heaven, God sends Petronel to earth to right his wrongdoings. Will he be banished to hell and become a fallen angel? The scatterbrained angel meets Dorothy (Zuzana Kajnarová), a shepherd’s daughter accused of stealing from the Count’s estate. Count Maximilian played by David Svehlík does not know how to run his estate.

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WHICH SIDE TO CHOOSE? Uriah the Devil and Angel Petrone

By the wrong judgment of Petronel, Dorothy and Maximilian both land in the dungeon. Dorothy gets engaged to an old man to save herself even though she is secretly in love with Maximilian. The comedy fairy tale gives Uriah his good side when he pretends to be the priest to make the ceremony null and void. In the end, Petronel passes his divine tests with flying colors.

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LOST SHEEPS A tale about love in Angel of the Lord

Trojan won the 2013 Golden Nymph for Best Actor in a mini-series entitled Burning Bush at the International TV Festival in Monte Carlo.

Ambassador Šedivá proudly mentioned to me that Dwein Baltazar’s Oda sa Wala is competing in her country’s oldest film festival, the 54th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF). Baltazar is the first Filipina director to compete there.

KVIFF is the foremost movie event in Central and Eastern Europe opening on June 28. American actresses Julianne Moore and Patricia Clarkson were this year’s recipients of the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema.

The Tanghalang Manuel Conde was bursting with holy saints, lifechanging miracles, angelic jests, and devious pranks that the children pocketed in their young hearts.

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