Did you know that Hollywood star Carice Van Houten – who you’ve seen in Game of Thrones or the film Valkyrie playing opposite Tom Cruise – has filmed in Brno? Where did Bolek Polívka meet Karel Gott in the film The Inheritance or Fuckoffguysgoodday (Dědictví aneb Kurvahošigutntág), or which villa stood in for the home of Vlasta Burian in the series Bohéma? Did you know that Boredom in Brno was shot almost entirely outside the city? Or which spots in Brno are particular favourites with filmmakers? Places trod time and again by our most famous actors, names like Viktor Preiss, Jiří Langmajer, Martha Issová and Jana Plodková? Do you fancy like checking out these places yourself, comparing them with their appearances in films and popular serials? Then this tour is the perfect one for you!
Unlike the shopping paradise of New York City, you could never make a Sex in the City in Brno, nor does the South Moravian landscape boast mountain scenery that could entice Lord of the Rings away from its New Zealand grandeur, despite which, both Brno and the region do have a lot to offer. One of Brno’s popular locations is the functionalist home Villa Tugendhat and its modernist counterpart, the Stiassni Villa, also the Cejl Street Prison, a building with a troubled history and a powerful genius loci.
Brno’s public spaces are also often caught on film. Many of you will recall scenes from the film The Inheritance or Fuckoffguysgoodday, perhaps the one where Bohuš meets Karel Gott. The city and its surroundings are also used as filming locations for successful serials produced by Česká televize Brno, such as the crime thriller Labyrint or period comedy-drama Četnické humoresky.
Favourite locations in South Moravia also include the country piles at Lednice and Valtice, including their romantic parks. They serve as backdrops for many of the fairy tale films so popular in the Czech Republic (e.g. The Watchmaker’s Apprentice) or period dramas (Maria Theresia). Other top locations include Moravian Karst, where Alice Nellis filmed her fairy tale film Seven Ravens (Sedmero krkavců), and similarly romantic townscapes or landscapes (Mikulov and the nearby Pálava Hills, respectively).
A professional service for filmmakers is delivered by the Brno Film Office (Filmová kancelář Brno), which opens up Brno and its surroundings as attractive places for creating audio-visual productions and actively collaborates with filmmakers during the filming process. The South Moravian Film Fund also offers support for audio-visual works shot in the South Moravian Region (SMR), and together with the Film Office is working to create a ‘film friendly’ region.
Parts of tour
The Watchmaker’s Apprentice / Hodinářův učeň
The family film The Watchmaker’s Apprentice is a fairy story describing an interplay of fates, and is distinguished by its strong art direction.
The Glass Room / Skleněný pokoj
The Glass Room is a film based on the global literary sensation of the same name by Simon Mawer, translated into dozens of languages.
The Painted Bird / Nabarvené ptáče
Jerzy Kosiński’s autobiographical novel, upon which the film The Painted Bird is based, has been accompanied by a storm of controversy ever since its publication in 1965.
Tonight the World / Svět dnešní noci
The live action short, Tonight the World, is inspired by the dream diary kept little Susi, daughter of Alfred and Hermine Stiassni – owners of the Stiassni Villa.
Maria Theresia / Marie Terezie
The two-part Maria Theresia focuses on two life-changing moments in the life of the young Empress.
Labyrinth III (Labyrint III)
For the third time, Brno detectives led by Major Remeš are on the hunt for a serial killer and kidnapper.
Czech stunt performers are some of the world’s finest, and Hollywood often shoots big-budget action films over here. But we Czechs don’t actually make any action films or series ourselves.
The Romanoffs / Romanovci
The Romanoffs is a speculative series from Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner which tells various stories of people who declare themselves to be descendants of the famous Romanoff dynasty.
My Uncle Archimedes (Můj strýček Archimédes)
A comedy with dramatic elements named for a Greek migrant from the 1940s who came to Czechoslovakia to escape civil war and found a new home.
Labyrint II (Labyrinth II)
The second run of the successful crime series from director Jiří Strach.
The six-part mini-series Bohéma captures both the splendour and poverty in and around the film industry under two totalitarian regimes, from 1938–1953.
An epic drama detailing the relationship between the legendary Czech actress and the Nazi Minister of Propaganda
Moderní kriminální seriál Labyrint je inspirovaný oblíbenou severskou detektivní školou.
Seven Ravens (Sedmero krkavců)
It’s a story of bravery and persistence, but also about keeping one’s word, truth and true love…
The epic costume drama Marguerite is about a passion built upon one great lie.
Eights is the story of a man who become a hero against his will.
Mother-in-Law and Smoked Meat (Tchyně a uzený)
The romantic comedy Mother-in-Law and Smoked Meatis about everything a mother who pathologically loves her adult son can do.
Boredom in Brno (Nuda v Brně)
Boredom in Brno is a Czech comedy about the unexpected course of a single night and a first sexual experience.
Policeman’s Humoresques (Četnické humoresky)
The longest-running (39 episodes) and one of the most successful (TýTý award for the best series of 2005) projects of the Brno Czech Television studio was created by police historian Michal Dlouhý.
Fuckoffguysgoodday (Dědictví aneb Kurvahošigutntág)
The Czech comedy film Fuckoffguysgoodday stars Bolek Polívka in the leading role as forest worker Bohuš. He lives with his aunt in a run-down cottage in an unnamed Moravian village and suddenly comes into a huge inheritance.
BRNO FILM OFFICE (Filmová kancelář Brno)
Provides film-makers a helping hand while filming in Brno and South Moravia
South Moravian Film Fund (Jihomoravský filmový nadační fond)
It provides grants to support audiovisual work made in South Moravia and tries to create a film-friendly region.
Czech Television Brno (Česká televize Brno)
The most modern television production facility in the Czech Republic