A visually refined insight into the life of a family that has been inhabiting a dilapidated castle in the village of Doubravice in North Moravia. FAMU, Department of Documentary Film (1st year)
Retired miners, mines and mounds overgrown with seeding wood, canaries, a mammoth cub... The old, black face of the Czech city of Ostrava. Something is fading away from it, something remains in it. At times down, at others up – like on the wings of a silver aeroplane (circling against the grain) in the middle of the city. – Department of documentary film, FAMU – 3rd year (bachelor degree film).
"Saying I don't like the Czechs is like saying I don't like my mom. Saying I don't like the Slovaks is like saying I don't like my father. Saying I don't like the Polish is like saying I don't like my grandfather." We are in the European Union, in the easternmost Czech town, at the intersection of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland. People's lives and the region's entire historical development have been greatly affected by these three borders. We spend most of the time exploring the small mountain community of Hrčava, the youngest and easternmost Czech village. Capturing this magnificent, forgotten mountain region in the course of the four seasons of the year in the rhythm of local music, the film tells the stories of the past and the present. The special nature of the place comes from the mutual blending and layering of various ethnic elements.
Matej Ptaszek is a young musician, a fan of blues legends, who sees himself as a kind of an "outcast". He is originally from Ostrava, currently he performs on the Charles Bridge in Prague, but his dream is to set out one day for America. - Department of documentary film, FAMU - 2nd year (auteur portrait)
That Old Lizard
When Zdenka Tomášková was 13 years old, she met poet Petr Bezruč for the first time. At the age of 16, she became his secretary of her own accord. After his death, she has not talked about him for 40 years. Now at the age of 90, she recalls him at her secluded cottage in the Beskydy mountains.