This documentary presents both sides of the conflict around the meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in September 2000, and the media game played out in the tiny Czech playground. We witness both the actions and attitudes of the Prague Municipality and the police, and of the protesters, mainly young people from abroad who came to voice their opinions like modern-day martyrs. There are many other characters, for instance, an entrepreneur who set out to sell refreshments and sleeping bags at the Strahov stadium where protesters planned to sleep. In the end nobody came and he was left with a stall of sausages, sleeping bags and interesting observations.
An informative stylized "walkmovie". Adam, the film's protagonist, visits different environments in order to explore a seemingly trivial and exhausted issue, i.e., the opportunities and methods of dating. Instead of formal courting rituals, there is a rise in a large number of rather dubious new practices. The search for a date is becoming a more and more profitable business. Adam meets women with the assistance of psychics, computers, stars, video and numbers. Subtle private matters come to look like TV shows or they are being solved with the help of such primitive algorithms as "we are the fastest and the most entertaining..."
Different views on the media - their good and bad sides.
A young extra from the National Theatre plans to encircle Prague with trees that he plants every year. The edge of dreams, the borders of fiction, the boundaries of theatre and the city limits.
In October 2002, the theatre company "Ježek a Čížek" run by homeless people went on a tour of the region of Southern Bohemia that was then hit by floods. A small film crew followed the tour.
Baku in Azerbaijan, the site of the world's first oil well, is once again becoming a focus for foreign investors eager to exploit the country's vast oil riches. Source traces the pipeline from our commuter highways back to this surreal and sinister landscape on which our way of life depends, where cows graze on polluted land and children play in toxic gunge. With three quarters of the population living under the poverty line, the country's post-Soviet government is promising that oil will turn Azerbaijan into a 'real country', a prosperous and flourishing 'New Kuwait'. But between big oil companies like British Petroleum and the corrupt government lining their pockets, what does this mean for the ordinary people of Azerbaijan? Is this "liquid gold" more of a curse than a blessing for the troubled country?
"A playful film essay about our automobile-automatic society. A film crossing the border of its media, turning into a social act.Martin Mareček: “I lived in downtown Prague, in the ""heart of Europe"". In Prague, ""the mother of cities"", as well as ""the city of cars""... According to statistics, it is one of the most car-crippled cities in Europe. Six years ago, I met my neighbour in the hallway. He was moving: ""Well, we're off, we can't take this anymore."" I replied: ""Yeah, I understand, it's the cars, isn't it? The noise, the smell…"" The neighbour smiled, puzzled: ""Not really, it's cause we have nowhere to park."" Is the story absurd? Is my neighbour autistic? Not quite. I believe that most of us city folks are this automatic… We all suffer from it… Automatically we swear, automatically we drive. Slowly but surely, our game ends with our own auto-mate. Isn't there anything we can do about it? I realized that it is no longer sufficient to make a film. It would only turn into another short essay filled with automated clichés, targetting the usual audience. Another submission into the intellectual fish tank. Therefore, I have gradually turned from a film director into an activist, an artistic radical and a political lobbyist. The multilayered organism AUTO*MATE was conceived.”
A short excursion to dicover the mysteries of capuccino production in a lot machine at Prague's Main Station. FAMU, Department of Documentary Film (1. ročník)
They waited and they were rewarded. FAMU, Department of Documentary Film (1. ročník)
In 2006, Milan and Tomas electrified a school campus and a hospital in a detached Zambian village. After four years, they return for the last time to find out about their system's failures, repair it and hand it over at last. The film follows them through chaotic days as well as pitch black nights and provides a fresh insight into the pitfalls of humanitarian development projects. Short circuits of all sorts, blending and dissolving of different worlds, rituals of gratitude and concepts of solutions. With no attempts to declare or evaluate anything, Solar Eclipse becomes a situation probe examining various forms of light and darkness. Will the two Czech linkboys succeed in lighting up the Zambian bushland?
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.