28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Dream Steam
Dream Steam
Dream Steam
Dream Steam

Dream Steam

director: Magdalena Kašparová
original title: Dream Steam
country: Czech Republic
year: 2023
running time: 39 min.


Literally with the arrival of the first steam train, “excursionists” began to appear in the Poberouní region – weekend guests who built cottages here for recreation and began to pile new deposits onto the geological layers, this time in the form of memories captured by recording devices. The audiovisual dimension of one region's memory is the subject of this experimental documentary, assembled from found footage taken by its residents over the course of nearly a century. It is based on the memoirs of Gizela Šmidlíková, published in newspapers in the 1990s, and on various visual and ideological associations developed against a hypnotic musical backdrop.

“Using a contemplative, observational 'non-documentary' approach, I processed the memory of a place, the depiction of local cultural life and the great importance of the railway to all of the Lower Poberouní region.”
Source: Magdaléna Kašparová


Magdaléna Kašparová (born 1993) studied new media at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. In her work, she focuses on various methods of remediation, media archaeology and retrospection. The audience in Jihlava has already had the opportunity to see her audiovisual works The Moor Demon (2018) and Pastiche (2019).

more about film

director: Magdalena Kašparová
producer: Magdalena Kašparová
script: Magdalena Kašparová
editing: Magdalena Kašparová
music: Antonín Závodný, Max Stejskal
sound: Antonín Závodný, Max Stejskal
art director: Magdalena Kašparová
production manager: Kristián Kašpar, Ivo Dvořák, Dorota Václavíková
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Creative Europe Media
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Česká televize
Český rozhlas