A documentary on the effects of intense industrial smells on humans; the stench as a phenomenon that influences human lives and freedom. From specific problems (the smell from Setuza in Ústí nad Labem) we pass, via a comic book "Mom, why does it stink so much in Ústí?", the film tracks more general issues - smell and memory, smell memory, the borders of smell, stench and death. The fear of smell can manifest itself as the fear of breathing, illustrating the lack of confidence in existence itself.
Aqua Fosilot Medica
Real story of a ninety-year-old Sardinian shepherd, who wants to cure the mankind. Since his youth, this exceptional man has been reading various encyclopedias. From books and his own experience he creates original theories about how the world could work better. An encyclopaedist from Sardinia, a 90-year old autodidact takes interest in current events only as long as they connect with the text of his book of books, i.e. the encyclopaedia that ensured his education and still determines his mindset. We never get to see the book though we are invited into his library. The camera follows the man on his walks on the island, his long commentaries are interrupted only by shots of the beach. His distinct view of creation is influenced by his readings and observations of natural transformations. The sea, light, clouds and people are intertwined with the memory of the text that is curiously shifted by the combinations of encyclopaedic entries. This documentary film is a portrait of a lonely old man who was long ago denied education. In spite of that he gradually covered his ignorance with signs and the encyclopaedic knowledge became not just a provisional model but the truth that contains the island and the whole world.
The Ill-Fated Child
A monotonous job, an inconspicuous lifestyle, and a fascination with absolute evil come together in the character of a 20-year-old man. Michal explores the functioning of German concentration camps; he travels, hunts through archives, talks to eyewitnesses, and schizophrenically tries to understand both sides of the killing apparatus: the victims as well as their executioners.
A film essay of Czechs, Germans and dwarfs. Hundreds of German tourists-retirees, who lived there before the Second World War visit a small Czech village near the Polish border (former Sudetenland). How can old tragedies, fairy tales and mythology of the Czech and German nations be connected?
A documentary detective story. Lada, a Czech traveller, finds by chance a dirty suitcase in a Swedish waste bin. It contains only a very carefully packed plastic bag full of film rolls. Lada takes all of the 22 film rolls home to Prague and has them developed. There are 756 fascinating photos from a trip of seven Asian men, probably from China. Lost Holiday tells the story of the search for these unknown tourists, based only on the lost photographs. We would like to give the photos back to them. And so the unknown men from Asia become guides on our exciting journey as we search through the lost photos and also for the nature of contemporary man.
The Czech Hump
Several years ago, dry rot destroyed the house on top of the Czech Republic's highest mountain. This gave rise to heated debates over the future plans for the location. Should it remain bare or should there be a new building? The result of these debates is surprising: Mrs. Skrbková, a former post office manager, decided to renew the tradition of Czech post office on Mt. Snezka. An experimental wooden house, a new post office by architects Rajniš and Hoffman was built in a matter of a few months. The house has its own ZIP code and a small halo, and can be adapted to changing weather conditions. The documentary records the construction carried out in extremely difficult conditions, its changes and the reactions of various people. Can this small house on four legs last till the next spring?
The Neighbours Disappeared or Searching... Kids from Hartmanice
An episode from the series Lost Neighbours - Teen Cameras Search for Traces of Jewish Fellow-Citizens. The mountain village of Hartmanice is situated in Southwestern Bohemia, 20 km from the German border, in the former Sudetenland... The film was shot by eight local children aged 11-15. One of them says: "Hartmanice is an out-of-the-way place. I am glad to be able to shoot the film, at least we have something to do otherwise everybody here just sits at home watching TV and doing nothing else. That's boring. First we thought this project was bullshit - to look for people who were no longer here and whom we didn't know!" In 1930 Hartmanice had 696 inhabitants - Germans, Czechs and Jews. In 1942 the number of inhabitants was 821, no Czechs or Jews. They were arrested or fled. Today, 733 people live in Hartmanice, mostly Czech nationals, and the kids start to recapture memory...
Legion - Patria Nostra
In February 2007, Czech Televion broadcast an annoucement in an effort to find men who served in the French Foreign Legion after 1989. Director Lucie Králová chose several men who were willing to share their experiences. The film explores their motivation and, based on personal accounts, uncovers the stories, images and contexts of internal and external conflicts surrounded by myths.
The Hradčany district of Prague. A 16th century building, which abuts the Foreign Ministry, is one of the few places in the area still inhabited by its original, pre-Revolution tenants. The owner, however, has decided to sell the building, and all of its occupants, including the director of the film, will have to move out. After renovation, the building will be made into luxury hotel suites, to be used also by EU commissioners. Sold captures the limbo of uncertainty in the period prior to moving out; each tenant must come to terms with the situation in his or her own way. The mysterious owner of the building, Mr. Hulicius, emigrated to West Germany before the 1948 Communist takeover. There, in the 1970s, he starred in an educational film on hair implants. This unique archive material is included in the film: The tragedy of one house - the tragicomedy of one head.
Evropa jedna báseň
Documentary series that maps contemporary European poetry. 27 European poets will be presented in 27 episodes (1 country = 1 poet).
A documentary collage about the progress of one Czech day, composed by 24 directors. Everyone picked one hour, day or night, and received two minutes of the whole film at his or her disposal. This allowed for the mosaic on genres and topics that portrait the atmosphere of the Czech Republic today. At the same time, this unique project presents various filmmaking styles and approaches of the best contemporary Czech documentarians, all on the reel of one film. The authors accompany teenagers at a discotheque, observe doctors during surgery, laborers in a factory, believers in a synagogue or the descent in a human throat. Olga Špátová records the authentic power of the moment when the child is born. Vít Klusák engages a special camcorder to freeze the time of one tram stop. The flow of time is Helena Třeštíková’s topic – she films Katka taking yet another public bath in a Prague’s fountain. Martin Mareček shows a pair of legs sunk in aquarium, which, backed with a voiceover, illustrates the timeless power of human stupidity. Jiří Krejčík, a significant persona of Czech film, conceived his film hour with a great amount of humor and exaggeration.