24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
A Wilderness of Solitude
The inner world of author Aleš Palán / Czech language only
Aleš Palán spent two years with hermits in the wilderness of the Bohemian Forest. What mirror do people who have traded the comforts of modern civilization for a life on the land, defined by the rhythms of nature and away from contemporary society, hold up to the rest of us? Can their perspective help us find the sensitivity that we have lost because we are firmly rooted in the world of civilizational comforts? Palán will talk about nature, closeness and distance, and the literature and texts that inspire him.
Journalist and writer. For his guide to the Bronx of Brno entitled Brnox, he received the Magnesia Litera Award along with Catherine Gray; he was nominated for the same award for his interviews with the Florian brothers Být dlužen za duši (Being Indebted for the Soul) and his novel Ratajský les (Rataj Forest). He received the Czech Literary Fund Award for his book of interviews with the Reynek brothers, Kdo chodí tmami (Who Walks in the Dark). His latest book, Jako v nebi, jenže jinak (Like Heaven, But Differently), features interviews with loners from Bohemia and Moravia.