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ABOUT COMEBACK COMPANY
A production company based in New York, Comeback Company was founded by producer and independent film programmer Irena Kovarova.
Having worked independently in New York in the field of repertory cinema since 2004, Irena founded Comeback Company in 2013 to further expand her film projects. Below is a selection of major film events that she has produced and/or curated.
Evgeny Gusyatinskiy, Irena Kovarova co-curated a nearly complete retrospective of the irreverant late filmmaker Jan Němec on the occassion of the international premiere of his final feature, as part of the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2017.
JAN NĚMEC: MYSTIFYING THE REAL
Evgeny Gusyatinskiy & Irena Kovarova, February 2017
This programme was initiated two years ago. Back then, we were expecting Jan Němec’s new film to be completed. But not only the production of The Wolf from Royal Vineyard Street was prolonged, finishing only in 2016, this autobiographical work suddenly became Němec’s final film. He passed away four months before the film’s world premiere in Karlovy Vary. An unexpected, unbelievable turn of events – like another spontaneous cut for which his style is famous. [...]
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The Jan Němec retrospective was organised in partnership with the Czech Film Center. Many thanks to Robert de Rek, Ilse van der Spoel, Iva Ruszeláková and Markéta Šantrochová for their enormous help.
An annual film festival of current European cinema held in New York, in three venues in its fifth edition—the IFC Center, the Bohemian National Hall, and Museum of the Moving Image. The number of organizing partners grew from eight in the first year to 34 in the fifth. Attendance more than doubled from the first year to the fifth, totaling over 1,500 admissions in 2013. (Curator/producer)
2013 Disappearing Act V
Screenings of 24 films with eight guests in three cinemas; expansion of the educational outreach program; and a panel discussion devoted to the streaming of European films in the U.S. (visit DAV Blog here for program details).
2012 Disappearing Act IV
Screenings of 25 films with six guests, expansion to three cinemas; addition of an educational outreach program; and a panel discussion devoted to the presence of European cinema at universities in the U.S.
2011 Disappearing Act III
Screenings of 19 films with three guests and a panel discussion publicly launching the Subtitled Cinema Initiative.
2010 Disappearing Act II
Screenings of 18 films with one guest and a panel discussion on the distribution of foreign language films in the U.S.
2009 Disappearing Act: European Cinema from New Wave to New Wave
Screenings of 18 films with three guests and a panel discussion on the access of foreign language films to cinemas in the U.S.
A touring series of recent Czech films screening in eight cities that was organized in collaboration with the Czech Film Center, Czech Center New York, and Czech diplomatic offices and premiered in New York at BAMcinématek; the touring program originated as an annual series that ran in New York beginning in 2000, also at BAMcinématek. (Curator/co-producer)
Irena Kovarova has produced tours of thematic and filmmaker retrospectives in art cinema venues around the U.S. and Canada, with varying level of curatorial participation:
2012–2013 The second major North American film retrospective of Jan Švankmajer, presented in 16 venues
2011 The second major film retrospective of František Vláčil in North America, presented in five American venues
2009 The first complete film retrospective of Karel Vachek in North America, presented in six venues
2008 A historical survey/retrospective of Slovenian Cinema, co-curated with the Film Society of Lincoln Center and presented in four venues in North America
2008 A complete film retrospective of Miloš Forman, co-curated with the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the premiering venue, and presented in 13 cities, including as part of the Regis Dialogue program at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis
2006–2007 A thematic retrospective, Czech Modernism: 1926-1949, co-curated with BAMcinématek in New York, the premiering venue, and presented in five cities.
Since 2007, Irena Kovarova has been the executive producer of a globally touring retrospective with guest speakers titled Muppets™, Music & Magic: Jim Henson’s Legacy, organized by the Jim Henson Legacy foundation; the series has had nearly 60 bookings around North America and in Australia, Argentina, the UK, and Singapore.
In 2010, Irena curated and co-produced Cinema Belgrade, a series of current Serbian cinema in New York.
Since 2005, Irena has been a representative of the Czech Film Center in North America.
During her 1999–2004 tenure as deputy and acting director at the Czech Center New York, Irena organized and co-curated (*) the following film programs: four annual editions of New Czech Films at BAMcinématek; a tour of Gustav Machatý’s Erotikon with live music accompaniment in 2000; touring film retrospectives of Pavel Juráček*, František Vláčil*, Jan Švankmajer*, Karel Zeman*, and Věra Chytilová*; and the series Czech Horror & Fantasy on Film and Czech Animation (each retrospective screened in 5–12 venues in North America).
IN AND OUT OF THE CZECHOSLOVAK NEW WAVE
Starting August 2, 2019
THE PUPPET MASTER:
THE COMPLETE JIŘÍ TRNKA
Starting April 20, 2018
THE AMERICAN LANDSCAPE:
THE FILMS OF KELLY REICHARDT
premieres April 19, 2016
IN CASE OF NO EMERGENCY:
THE FILMS OF RUBEN ÖSTLUND
JANUARY–MARCH 2015 **** EXTENDED THROUGH APRIL 14
INDEPENDENT OF REALITY:
THE FILMS OF JAN NĚMEC
NOVEMBER 2013–APRIL 2014
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