28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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director: Pavel Koutecký
original title: Drahý mistře
country: Czech Republic
year: 1996
running time: 60 min.


This magical-poetic portrait of Prague, Vienna and Ljubljana buildings by the Slovenian architect and urban planner is a pictorial essay, love letter, chronicle and prayer all in one. The elementary shapes of the sky-reaching stone, lyrically dressed in light and shadow, envelop the intimate space of Plečnik's work and Czechoslovak history. Prague Castle, which he was placed in charge of restoring, becomes a meeting point of historical stages, regimes and hearts. One of them belongs to Alice, the daughter of T. G. Masaryk, who writes love letters to Plečnik.


Pavel Koutecký (1956–2006), director, screenwriter and teacher, was one of the most important Czech documentary filmmakers. He collaborated with the Film and Sociology Association. He focused on time-lapse documentaries about the protagonists of the Velvet Revolution. After his tragic death during filming in 2007, the Pavel Koutecký Award began to be awarded.

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director: Pavel Koutecký
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