Czech Docs Project
Presentation| Upcoming Czech Documentary Films
As part of the catalogue publication, a presentation of 10 selected projects and their film previews, is held annually in September. The selection consists mainly of projects in post-production, doon to be completed.
The presentation is intended primarily for the Czech press, distributors, festival selectors and Tv reprezentatives.
This way IDF can support the Czech docs in their promotion and distribution.
In September 25, 2012 a selection of 8 Czech documentary filmmakers were asked to present their work in progress.
Presented projects 2012:
Klovací pořádek , Czech Republic, 40 min, Digi Beta, DVD, HD, Creative, Current Affairs, Personal View, Politics, Social Issues, Society
This rather unusual documentary film is made by a group of mentally handicapped participants of the film workshop run by Inventura, an association for the integration of mentally handicapped people into society through art. They are coached by Ivo Bystričan, author and director of the film. Pecking Order is inspired by the protracted government crisis in 2012, the escalation of corruption cases and ongoing civil protests. Mentally handicapped filmmakers are trying to find their own solutions to the crisis of governance. They are trying to find a new model of the functioning of government also into communities of a variety of animals. The crew conducts a dialogue with leading ethologist and sociobiologist Daniel Frynta of the Faculty of Science, and Mark Spinka of the Research Institute of Animal Production in Uhříněves.
František Kriegel - Sklizeň svědomí , Czech Republic, 70 min, DVD, HD, Current Affairs, Portrait
František Kriegel, doctor and politician, saw many of the crossroads of the 20th century; the Spanish Civil War, the Allies’ victory in South-East Asia, the start of the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia and in Cuba, the Prague Spring of 1968 as well as the Charter 77. The film essay František Kriegel - The Harvest of Conscience is not a reconstruction of Kriegel’s life but rather an exploration of what motivated him and what survives of his efforts as well as of those of people like him - 20th century left-wing humanists with a cosmopolitan world view.
Vojta Lavička: Nahoru a dolu.cz , Czech Republic, 87 min, DCP, Arts and Culture, Current Affairs, Longitudinal, Portrait, Social Issues, Society
A long-form documentary film shot over the span of sixteen years. Vojta Lavička is a Roma musician and activist. Besides being a gifted violinist, he is active in the media and social services, devoting much of his energy and expertise to minority issues. While dealing with his private life, Vojta also keeps wondering about his position in society and in the music industry.
Jakub Špalek: Život s Kašparem , Czech Republic, 85 min, DCP, Arts and Culture, Longitudinal, Portrait, Social Issues, Society
For 23 years, Helena Třeštíková followed the story of actor and stage director Jakub Špalek. The first piece of footage was shot in Autumn 1989 when Jakub, then a theatre academy student, was actively involved in the Velvet Revolution. Back then, Jakub dreamed of running his own theatre company which soon came true – he is still in charge of Kašpar Theatre in Prague. The film documents the difficult life of an independent theatre manager, as well as his many personal struggles and joys.
Mýtus Šedé , Czech Republic, 70 min, DCP, HD, Arts and Culture, Creative, Personal View, Portrait, Society
Social/art events created by Czech artist Kateřina Šedá's burst into the life of her home town and a nearby village as they are gradually reshaped and transformed from within. The film revolves around Šedá's project From Morning Till Night, a one-day event that took place September 3, 2011, as a commission for Tate Modern. Šedá invited eighty residents of all ages from the village of Bedřichovice to recreate their daily routine and the life of their village in London, in an area designated by the artist to closely replicate the perimeter of the village. An additional eighty UK-based professional and amateur artists assisted Šedá in representing the imaginary borders. Each of them positioned at the outskirts of the new locality, painted a specific angle of Bedřichovice while facing the urban landscape of London. The film captures a follow-up and other current projects by Šedá.
Malá Hanoj , Czech Republic, Germany, Slovak Republic, 75 min, 35 mm, Digi Beta, Creative, Music, Personal View, Social Issues, Society
Little Hanoi is a long-form documentary about two young Vietnamese girls who struggle for their future in an exotic Czech Republic. There are places where the transition between post-communist to capitalist societies, from cultural coherence to multicultural diversity and back is more apparent than in the macrocosm of big cities. The small Czech border village of Dubi is just that place. For decades, Vietnamese people have lived here, as immigrant workers in socialist times and later as vendors in small roadside shops. They sell garden gnomes, cigarettes and cheap schnapps to German tourists while their children are nursed by Czech grandmothers, taught Czech and given Czech names like Miluška or Tomáš. Following the protagonists for several years, the film offers an insight into the culture of Vietnamese migrants in post-communist Europe.
Yallah! Underground , Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, United Kingdom, 80 min, HD, Arts and Culture, Creative, Culture, Current Affairs, Music, Personal View, Portrait, Reportage, Social Issues, Society, Youth Documentary
2011. Young Arabs have taken their anger and discontent to the streets throughout the Middle East and North Africa. They have brought an acute awareness of the need for change in Arab countries. But most of the world is still wondering. Who are these people? How do they envision the future of their societies? In order to understand the dreams, conflicts and life situations of these people, we will introduce young contemporary artists from different cities in the Middle East. They represent a new generation of Arabs who seamlessly integrate aspects of different cultures and philosophies into their lifestyle and work. The conflicts they have to face on a personal and professional basis heavily influence their art, creating a truly progressive underground culture. It is getting more visible in every major city in the region, making the Middle East one of the culturally most vibrant regions of today’s world.
Pevnost , Czech Republic, 70 min, HD, Creative, Politics, Reportage
Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic. Imagine a space in which the time has frozen. The time's stopped and life's been stuck into the shape it used to be before the fall of the Soviet Union. Somehow people got used to the reign of the secret police and the fear of being spied on. Soviet-style propaganda of the authoritative power-based regime of president Igor Smirnov makes most of the PMR residents simple workmen, without any will to understand how unbearable their situation is. Smirnov has been leading this non-existing country already for twenty years. The film focuses on a couple of characters being stuck in this geo-political gap, in between the European Union and Russia, in between present and past, crime and decency, decadence and hope for change. Framed by the time of presidential election, the film analyzes the organization of “no-state” and the rules of a regular life within.
Nový život , Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, 75 min, DCP, Creative, Personal View
A documentary film about a big Slovak family abandoned by the father. Mother Jana, five daughters and son Adam were suddenly left alone. Adam decided to deal with the huge change in his life in a very strong way, shooting this film as the "last man standing" in the family. This film tells the story of how one man cannot manage seven women and how seven women can fight for one man. How can he learn from his parents' divorce and how can he help teach his sisters to divorce well in the future?