For his new love Zdenka left the American cartoon director Gene Deitch in 1958 his family in New York and relocated to Prague. What followed surpasses the most fantastic imagination of Hollywood filmmakers. Besides films as Tom and Jerry or Popeye, he made dozens of short cartoons with Czech animators. (Munro won the Oscar in 1961). As a jazz enthusiast, he has recorded the home blues session of John Lee Hooker a time before the first official recording. His life-love story is an intelligent and chilling account of 40 years under communism, lived by an American "guest".
A film about a musical instrument maker. Every piece of wood form which Jan Richter makes a violin or viola has its own inner stress. The tension between the precision of a humble trade and his independent Bohemian existence is part of Richter's everyday life in his workshop, a demolished gipsy house, a life also characterized by confrontation with his father. FAMU, Department of Documentary Film (2nd year)
Theatrum Honoris Causa
A documentary of the ceremony during which the President of the Czech Republic Václav Havel was named honorary doctor at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. FAMU, Department of Documentary Film (2nd year)
The Head of State
The documentary film is a contemplation about the problems and duties related to the office, about the actual face behind it and about the meaning it has among people today. Apart from presidential candidates, the film also features former President Václav Havel, an artist who designs presidential postal stamps, school children, a girl who wrote a letter to the President complaining about the lousy food at her school, and many others.
A winter landscape, a field with three tall trees. A young woman in an old-time dress stands under the trees, holding a faded photograph of a soldier, and performs a strange witchcraft ritual that eventually brings her sweetheart back from the war.
A dramatized documentary about one boy's possible life stories.
How Could I Not Believe You...
A narrative short; a surprise for a phony healer. - Department of documentary film, FAMU - 2nd year.
Kali Cerchen - The Black Star
A documentary legend-tale about Roma kids seeking the mystical "Black star". What does "Kali cerchen" represent? Is it the talent? Is it a song? Is it the heart? Is it the destiny? Talented Romany children during the preparations for a performance at Moravian Svojanov castle are trying, along with the singer and muzician Ida Kelarová, to find the Black Star.
And Who Are You?
The marriage of a gay couple serves as the starting point for thinking about how our society perceives personal and social connections in the so-called gay unions.
Film about director Miloš Forman who has given an honorary doctorate from AMU, the Academy of Performing Arts, at the Lichtenstein palace in Prague on 16 January 1998. - Department of documentary film, FAMU - 3rd year.
One Day in the Land of OOZ
A mosaic of images and sound without commentary and testimony. Animals and people come together during one day at a zoo which loses its character of an enclosed garden but strives to give the impression of a kind of common land - a land which reflects the similarities and contrasts between people and animals. - Department of documentary production, FAMU - 1st year.
Robert Vano. The fashion world lay at his feet. His name entered the history of world photography. His photos were the pride of magazines like Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Elle, and Cosmopolitan. To his native Czechoslovakia, he returned shortly after the fall of communism. He fell in love with Prague and has lived and worked there for almost twenty years. The documentary Wolf will have a non-traditional concept of a unique picture of a legend. Through the portrayal of the life of one extraordinary man, the film strives to examine contemporary history, contemplate the strength of individuals and re-evaluate the role of spirituality in the life of a person from the contemporary western world – all of this from the position of a seeming outsider. It will show the intense charisma, originality and incredible life story of a photographer.
Of Wolves And Men
Robert Vano and his works have been a significant influence to many young artists. He is known all around the world. Now he lives and works primarily in Prague. He comes from Slovakia from a similar background as Andy Warhol. As a renowned photographer, Vano has personally met the pop art icon. As a globetrotter whose home is everywhere and nowhere, Vano has had a tortuous life career. His way to fulfilling the American dream was never simple; he often had to start again from scratch. The byways of his life, his rises and falls, his childhood memories of Slovakia, his escape to the free West, his return to post-revolution Czechoslovakia; all of these represent a challenge to a documentarist. Together with Vano, we take a virtual trip in time from New York to Italy, France and Germany for more work. Then back to Czechoslovakia where Prague charmed him so much that he stayed for the next twenty years. "It's really funny that I'm running away from a place where I wanted to be free, finding freedom right here - in Prague", he says about the city which he would never leave for America again. Robert Vano can talk about his life openly and freely. The spectators will love him for his experience, sense of humour, modesty and grace. It is easy to love him just like he falls in love with his photographic objects. Since that is the only way for his photographs to be filled with powerful emotions.
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