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2012 Screening of Audition

September, 2012
Contact: Johnny Van Heest, Public Relations Manager
215.893.9456 ext. 102 |

The Wilma Theater will screen Audition, directed by Miloš Forman as part of A Tribute to Miloš Forman, a 15- city retrospective of the acclaimed director’s work in celebration of his 80th birthday
Presented in cooperation with Peter Rafaeli, Honorary Consul General of the Czech Republic

What: Screening of Audition (Konkurs), directed by Miloš Forman (1963)

The film explores the life of amateur musicians and candidly examines talent competitions. Konkurs is in fact two shorts welded together: If There Were No Music (Kdyby ty muziky nebyly) and Audition (Konkurs). Forman and his friends, cinematographer Michal Ondřiček and co-writer/assistant director Ivan Passer, began shooting a 16mm documentary about Semafor Theater. They showed their footage to the Šebor-Bor production team, who would oversee all Forman’s Czech films. After seeing the footage, the production team asked Forman to expand the film into a 15-minute short. When Forman returned with 45 minutes, the only way it could be distributed was with the addition of another short to make a feature-length program, hence If There Were No Music. The film is 77 minutes, in Czech with English subtitles.

A Tribute to Miloš Forman is a US-wide project where the Czech Honorary Consular Corps in the United States, the Czech Center in New York, and Czech Foreign Service Posts, including the Embassy in Washington, DC, will screen a film by award-winning director Miloš Forman and host an evening exploring a particular theme in the film that has impacted society. The goal of the project is to present a retrospective of Forman’s films throughout the United States. Through Q&A sessions, lectures with leading experts, and discussions with the community, the purpose of the project is to highlight the vibrant films of renowned Czech-American director Miloš Forman, pay tribute to his success, and explore themes in Forman’s films that continue to play out in today’s society: including questions of personal freedom, social conformity, and the oppression of the individual, among others. The project is part of the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2012-Miloš Forman, celebrating Oscar-winning, Czech-American director Miloš Forman’s 80th birthday and work, the best of Czech cinematography, and the accomplishments of the transatlantic film industry.

Milos Forman is well known for his directorial work for award-winning films such as Amadeus, Hair, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and The People vs. Larry Flynt. Screenings of these films will be held in various cities across the country. For more information about the festival, please visit

When: Monday, October 8, 2012

Where: The Wilma Theater
265 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Tickets: This event is free and open to the public. Please call The Wilma Theater box office at 215.546.7824 or email to reserve seats