An alarming documentary by the Film and Sociology Foundation about how depression is not just laziness or a bad mood, but a serious condition that requires treatment. The film is an intimate confession of those who have had personal experience with depression. More and more people suffer from depression. Not all of them look for professional advice, although they are at their wits' end because of their condition. Many are even ashamed to visit a psychologist or a psychiatrist even though the disease crushes them to the very bottom of their being. People who have been through depression share their feelings and experiences in the film. They have learn to with the condition, suppress it with the help of expert advice, they learn more about themselves in order to understand their highs and their lows. They know the importance of the understanding and support provided by family and close friends in the fight against depression. They know that without professional treatment, nothing is possible. Their stories are supported by the opinions of qualified experts.
Ten Centuries of Architecture: The Pilsen Synagogue
An episode from the documentary series Ten Centuries of Architecture. With a commentary by Boris Rösner and music by Lesík Hajdovský and Kateřina Tlustá we visit the Synagogue in Pilsen, the largest in the Czech Republic, second largest in Europe and the third largest in the world. Its foundation stone was laid on December 2, 1888. The original design by the Viennese architect Fleischer had to yield to Emanuel Klotz's concept from 1890. The ground plan and general philosophy of the building remained, but the architectural style changed. The construction of the synagogue was funded by voluntary contributions from the Jewish community. It was completed by Rudolf Štěch in 1893 and served its purpose until WWII. After the war the Synagogue was returned to the Jewish community, which had been devastated by the Holocaust, and closed down. Its reconstruction did not start until 1995.
A documentary from the documentary series Closely about the 9th edition of the International Exhibition of Stage Design and Theatre Architecture, the Prague Quadriennale 1995. The most famous and, in terms of scope, the only global exhibition of stage design, a large market of ideas and inspiration from around the world. A major part of the film is devoted to the Czech exposition that received the Golden Troika award. Its creators, stage designers Šimon Caban, Simona Rybáková and Ondřej Nekvasil, guide us through the preparations of the event and selected expositions. The film also features Jindřich Smetana, Jana Preková, Daniel Dvořák, Kateřina Štefková and Petr Matásek. The creative aspect of theatre is very attractive, but very difficult to exhibit. Nevertheless, it is the only aspect that actually can be exhibited and from which a visitor can learn a lot about the corresponding performance.
A documentary about the dreams and inspirations of Joska Skalník, a painter and graphic artist (1948). He is very fond of the colour blue. Blue appears in each of his pictures. When you walk up the many stairs leading to his studio in Prague, Vinohrady, a blue sky will probably be the first thing you see. Although he has known been through many ups and downs in his life, neither he nor his works have changed much. Blue is a nice colour and the symbol of hope. In 1970 he graduated from secondary art school in Prague and co-founded the Jazz Section. In 1986 he was imprisoned for his activities. He worked as an artist for the Činoherní klub theatre in Prague (1977 - 1989). After November 1989, he became a member of the president's team of aides. Since 1991 he has worked as a freelance professional artist.
The Journey to the Five Rings
A documentary about the exciting life story of jockey Jaroslav Hatla (1973) and his horse Berry (1991). Thanks to his talent, strong will and his team, he was among the 75 world's best riders to attend the Olympic Games in Athens. After forty-four years, the Czech Republic participated in the three-day event. The three-day competition is a test for both the riders and their hosrses, and consists of three events: dressage, cross-country and show jumping. The documentary shows what the rider and his horse must sacrifice to secure participation in the Olympic Games. Hatla has had a horse riding license since he was ten years old. Apart from horses, he has no other hobbies. He has never been on vacation. The film was shot in five countries: Rome, Ballindenisk in Ireland, the Olympic test in Aston, England, Le Walls, and the pinnacle - the Olympics.
Prague Dance Festival 2000
An episode from the documentary cycle Music Club. A documentary shot at the 12th International Festival of Modern Dance and Movement Theatre in Prague, featuring such stars as Kubilai Khan Investigations from France, Compagnia Monica Francia, Granhoj Dans from Denmark and Carte Blanche from Norway, including the biggest star - the William Forsyth Frankfurt Ballet. We can appreciate the dance performance of Mirka Eliášová, Tereza Indráková and Paula Tuovinen. Patrick Bonté, Sofie Christiansen, Miguel Cortéz, William Forsyth and Granhoj share their opinions with us. Other portraits include Palle, Ólöf Ingólfsdóttir of the Iceland Dance Company, Ina Christel Johannessen, Jan Kodet, Yvona Kreuzmannová - Daňková, Monika Rebcová, Paula Tuovinen from Finland and Sofia Yaregal.
Czech Subtitles by Dana Hábová
A documentary film from the cycle called "On the Edge of Interest" about a woman, mother, columnist, interpreter and translator. Dana Hábová (1951) graduated in English and French from the Translation and Interpreting Institute of the 17th November University in Prague. She has translated several theatre plays and dozens of films and works also as an interpreter. She is one of the top Czech translators from English. Thanks to her simultaneous translation and work for Czech television, many people can remember her voice. She loves intelligent humour and Woody Allen's approach to life (she is the exclusive translator of his works). Although she has had a notebook for several years, Hábová is a crusader against modern technology and loves the clicking of her old Consul typewriter (a trait she shares with her long-standing idol). She loves Prague as well as the countryside, spacious kitchen and calming solitude.
Světlana Sings Marlene
A documentary from the series On the Edge of Interest. The singer Světlana Nálepková sings Marlene Dietrich's songs with lyrics by Sergei Machonin and tells the story of her life and films. Světlana Nálepková (1960) graduated from the music and drama conservatory in Prague. She played at the Činoherní studio theatre in Ústí nad Labem and at Prague's Ypsilon theatre, spent four years at the Karlín musical theatre and was a member of Michal Nesvadba's Mimtrio mime group from 1979 to 1989. Her most successful individual projects include Snow White on a Trampoline (1986), This Manhattan and Other Side Effects (1990), and Love Is an Illusion (1997). In addition to the leading roles in the musical My Fair Josefína and the musical variety show Snow Romance, she has also acted in TV productions, fairy tales and entertainment programmes. She released CD's with songs from the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s.
The Shutka Book of Records
Shutka is the largest Roma settlement in the Balkans. At least according to the words of a young local fisherman, who is the main protagonist of this documentary film, shot in co-production with Czech Television. The film is a guide through the streets of Shutka, where in every person we can find at least one national champion, or even world champion, regardless of what it is in. What is important is that each person believes in their uniqueness and others recognize it. In this ever-expanding society, space is made for competing religious representatives such as those participating in a Muslim dervish or the servants of God using the "medium" of Christian tradition. The local homosexual in his colourful wardrobe is no less respected that the greatest pair of lovers - prostitute Kasandra and the elderly Alfonso who enjoys walking around Shutka in a copy of Tito's uniform. This Macedonian settlement, with its difficult-to-estimate population, also has its own music industry: from the recording studio to the workshop for music videos and even some big stars, who due to the active work of local music pirates must earn money in the old-fashioned way - at weddings, circumcision celebrities or funerals.
We Recall...What Was Worn I /1945 - 1970/
Post-war and creative "fashion salons". Socialistic fashion for workers rather than home "manufacturers", in which all sorts of clothing was remade throught the night. Nylons and the jeans first mafe the scene during this period.
We Recall...What Was Worn II /1969 - 1989/
A look back at the normalization period when t-shirts with American writing and jeans were forbidden. Fashion and tailor salons in homes in which sneakers and sheets were coloured, trousers flared out into bell bottoms and narrowed back into straight legs.
Master Works from Czech Collections - Jan Zrzavý: CLeopatra II
Master Works from Czech Collections - Marc CHagall: Circus - Woman on Horse