Festival of Czech Films
April 18 - 24, 2010
Pilsen / Prague, Czech Republic
The international jury of feature films together with the Foundation of Dagmar and Václav Táborský further conferred the Dagmar Táborská Award for the most original documentary made by a female author under the age of 35 on film Memory of Snovídky directed by Kateřina Krusová: for non-moralising film story about unpopular moral values.
VZPOMÍNKA NA SNOVÍDKY / MEMORY OF SNOVÍDKY
CZ 2009, 26 min
This FAMU graduation documentary captures the memories of a vital old lady from a Moravian village. Elegantly shot, it evokes the "great history" of the last century, as well as the everyday life of our ancestors.
The international jury of feature films together with the Foundation of Dagmar and Václav Táborský further conferred the Václav Táborský Award for the best documentary made by an author under the age of 35 on film 59/184/84 directed by Lukáš Kokeš: for his merry interpretation of a sad topic and for his strong and decisive approach to direction.
59/184/84 / 59/184/84
CZ 2009, 25 min
A film add of the forever unhappy man with a fixed idea that "something is about to happen", always waiting for the moment to start to live, upholding his plain loner's existence with a belief that the destiny will at last make his dream of an ideal woman true, based on the biological right of love.
The Golden Kingfisher Award in the best documentary category was conferred on film Land of Destiny directed by Pavel Kolaja. The author did rely only on a mere documentation of the magic of prof. Vyskočil' s personality, but ha also dutifully created his own film method, which reflects mind processes of the main character.
KRAJINA OSUDU / LAND OF DESTINY
CZ 2009, 60 min
This unsweetened portrait of Ivan Vyskočil (born 1929) uncovers his personality, inspirational work and distinctive teaching style. A key motif for this contemplative mosaic is the absurd torso of an uncompleted bridge.
Special Metion went to film Phantom of Liberty II directed by Karel Žalud: for bold step beyond the borders of documentary genre and for experimentation with film time.
PŘÍZRAK SVOBODY II / PHANTOM OF LIBERTY II
CZ, DE 2009, 59 min
A picaresque mosaic paraphrasing Buňuel's famous film, looking at the tragic and grotesque carnival of human life and the relativity of time. The "motto" of this original collage is the fall of a clock hand from the church in Litomeřice.
The annual award of the Association of Czech Film Clubs for the best documentary film (the winner was chosen by Film Clubs in AČFK) was won by film Forgotten Transport to Poland (d. Lukáš Přibyl).
FORGOTTEN TRANSPORTS TO POLAND
CZ, 2009, 90 min
Breaking down our notions about "Holocaust documentaries", the film focuses on humanidentity and its changes. It deals with choices, people, escaping Nazi ghettos, laborand death camps in the Lublin region of Poland, had to make in order to adapt and survive in utter extremity, on the run, in hiding – with a great deal of ingenuity,much humor and tremendous optimism. This documentary tribute to the human spiritis completely devoid of commentary, contemporary and make-believe footage and employs only impeccably researched time-and-place precise materials and fascinatingwords of the witnesses. From playing a deaf-mute fool, armed resistance to a touchingtale of forbidden love, the handful of witnesses share their past, for the first time. This documentary offers a surprising picture of survival "as we don't know it".
FINÁLE PLZEŇ 2010: 18 CZECH DOCS + CZECH PEACE