26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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THE GOOD DEATH
THE GOOD DEATH
THE GOOD DEATH
THE GOOD DEATH

THE GOOD DEATH

director: Tomáš Krupa
original title: DOBRÁ SMRŤ
country: Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, France, Switzerland
year: 2018
running time: 83 min.

synopsis

Terminally ill Janette wants to die with dignity, but it’s not possible in the UK, where she lives. She therefore decides for assisted suicide. She must plan her journey to Switzerland before her rapidly advancing disease makes it impossible. The question of whether we own our own lives or whether they own us is the primary impetus behind this documentary portrait, which shows that death can be good despite the sadness that always accompanies it. The film, with dramatically suggestive camera work, uses feature film techniques, and engaging characters and stories of her loved ones are interwoven with Janette’s story.

"Let's talk about death because we will all die someday. The question is: can we choose when and how? I think we should." T. Krupa

biography

Slovak director and producer Tomáš Krupa (1983) is a graduate of Olga Sommerová’s documentary filmmaking studio at the Academy of Arts in Bánská Bystrica. He is the founder of the production company Hailstone, which focuses on documentary films, and his feature-length debut Graduates: Freedom is Not Free (2012), was screened at Ji.hlava and aired on Czech and Slovak Television.   

more about film

director: Tomáš Krupa
cast: Janette Butlin, Simon Convey, Bridget Convey, Erika Preisig
producer: Tomáš Krupa, Dagmar Sedláčková, Arash T. Riahi, Tibor Búza, Dušan Mulíček, Catherine Le Goff
script: Lukáš Hanulák, Tomáš Krupa
photography: Ondřej Szollos
editing: Peter Kudlička
music: Aless , Alio Die
sound: Miloš Hanzély
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