Mike Downey

Mike Downey, one of the most significant European independent producers, is also coming to Prague as the envoy of the European Film Academy, which supports the imprisoned Ukrainian director, Oleg Sentsov, in all imaginable ways. IFF Prague – Febiofest will present four of Downey's productions, including Peter Greenaway's historical-biographical picture, Goltzius and the Pelican Company. The President (2014) about the last day of a fallen dictator was directed by a famous Iranian director, who has won awards in Cannes and Venice, Mohsen Makhmalbaf. Downey also produced Ben Hopkins' comedy, Lost in Karastan, which is an absurd satire on the topic of dictatorship, with the script co-written by the recent winner of Oscar, Pawel Pawlikowski. Downey's section also includes Breathe Umphfumo by Mark Dornford-May, which was awarded at this year's Berlinale for its music. The South-African filmmaker expands on his successful adaptation of Bizet's Carmen, which earned him the Golden Bear in Berlin in 2005. This time, he adapted Puccini's La Bohéme, transposed to the poor environment of today's South Africa. Downey established the F&ME Company fifteen years ago and has produced more than fifty feature films and documentaries. He has also concentrated his production activities on local co-production projects, Bathory and Angels. 

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