The Mutual Inspirations Festival 2012 - Miloš Forman has drawn to a close, but the achievements of the festival continue to resonate throughout Washington and beyond. The festival celebrated the Czech-American mutual cultural influences and, particularly, the work of the renowned Oscar-decorated director and great Czech-US personality, Miloš Forman. In the picture above, Ambassador Gandalovič holds a letter from the President of the United States expressing his congratulations for the festival.
The Mutual Inspirations Festival 2012-Miloš Forman celebrates Oscar-winning, Czech director Miloš Forman’s 80th birthday, the best of Czech cinematography, and the accomplishments of the transatlantic film industry. The festival runs September-October 2012, and features over 30 films and events in prestigious venues throughout the Washington area, including the National Gallery of Art, AFI Silver Theater, Library of Congress, Avalon Theater, Katzen Arts Center at American University, among others. In addition, the festival incorporates concerts, lectures, exhibitions, and theatrical performances related to film, photography, and/or the multimedia realm. A special component of the festival is the US-wide retrospective: A Tribute to Miloš Forman.
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the new year of the Czech Embassy´s Mutual Inspirations Festival. This year, with the kind and generous support of our respected partners, we are highlighting a prominent personality of Czech origin who embodies the close link between Czechs and Americans and is an inspiration for more than just our two peoples – Oscar-winning movie director Miloš Forman.
Czech Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Karel Schwarzenberg has given his patronage to the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2012 - Miloš Forman.