A secretly filmed travel log on the current situation on the "island of freedom".
The Long Road Is Short
I came here excited by this basic idea of stasis. There's this Mexican animal called the axolotl, a very curious animal. This salamander can remain in its larval stage all its life, choose not to grow into the higher state of its species - this animal, unmoving, only watching, without changing, without advancing to a higher stage of existence. Like us sitting for hours in front of our TVs, clutching our mobile phones...
Jan Křížek, Sculptures and Bees
An existentional and artistic film about the almost forgotten sculptor, painter and beekeeper Jan Křížek, an artist in the Art Brut movement. About life with art in post-war France and also about Jan's wife Jiřina Křížková.
The Czech Philharmonics Is Also a Person
A musical documentary film on the hundred and tenth season of the Czech Philharmonics and their activities in Prague and on their Japanese tour in November 2005. The film captures the ceremonial concert organized at the Rudolfinum on January 4, 2006 in cooperation with the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic commemorating the 110th anniversary of the orchestra, the commencement of Prague Spring on May 11, 2006 in which conductor Zdeněk Mácal conducted a replica of the first opening concert from 1946, and the final concert of the season in June 2006, in which the Czech Philharmonics hosted young talents in June 2006.
I Was at Lenin's Funeral
Film shows the unique story of a one hundred year old man from Brno who as a young man witnessed the bolshevik revolution in Russia 1917.
The Roaming Fiddlers
A musical documentary which in brief maps out thirty years of octivities from te chamber group the Musica Bohemica, its' musical style and development.
Václav Vorlíček - Teh King of Fairy Tales
A documentary film on the life and work of one of the most popular Czech film directors - of film fairytales and more.
Cymru am Byth – Wales Forever
"Wales Forever" presents the Welsh people and Wales as an unique example of a traditional culture surviving and developing despite many English attempts in the past to swallow them and turn the Welsh into the English.
Easter in Lusatia and Under the Lusatian Mountain Region
A two-part film essay accompanies use through the Easter week on both sides of the border between Germany and the Czech Republic – Upper Lusatia in eastern Saxony, Lower Lusatia in Brandenburg in the region under the Lusatian Mountains and in the Czech region Šluknov Hook. We’re shown the Easter customs and costumes. On the German side – i.e. in both Lusatias, where the smallest Slavic nation lives that has still preserved its Slavic language, the authentic footage of customs and costumes are only slightly revived in the tales of witness of the times. The Easter week culminates with the celebrated rides of the Easter Riders to the Divine Easter Feast that some 1,700 riders regularly take part in in Upper Lusatia. On the Czech side, the Easter customs and costumes are only revived in the testimony of witnesses – Czech Germans – and in the reconstructed sequences of these nearly forgotten customs and costumes through the history of the turbulent region. Both parts feature the Christian Passion week with its ceremonies and services.
Český Krumlov International Music Festival 2011
This documentary film on the 20th annual International Music Festival Český Krumlov is devoted to the present and past of one of the largest Czech artistic events of its kind.
The Story of a Family Opera
This documentary tells the story of the Schwarzenberg family, of their Baroque theatre at the castle in Český Krumlov and of the comic opera buffa entitled Where There Is Love, There Is Jealousy (Dove è amore è gelosia) by Italian composer Giuseppe Scarlatti. He wrote this opera on the occasion of the wedding of Jan Nepomuk of Schwarzenberg and Marie Eleonora of Oettingen-Wallerstein. The opera was performed in 1768, its premiere in modern times then took place on 9 September 2011 at the same place, meaning in the Baroque theatre of the Český Krumlov castle. In addition to the frequently eventful lives of the Schwarzenberg family and the story of Scarlatti’s opera, viewer will also see excerpts from this new-age study.