27th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Eduard Štorch, The Mammoth Hunter
director: Josef Císařovský
original title: Eduard Štorch, lovec mamutů
country: Czech Republic
running time: 52 min.
synopsisEduard Štorch (1878–1956) was the first writer in the Czech lands and in the world to set his stories in prehistoric times. It’s quite ironic that he himself considered his books set in the Stone Age and Bronze Age to be mere accessories to his main life calling as a professional teacher. Another profession that Štorch took up was archaeology. An unusual finding at a sewer excavation site prompted Štorch to write his most famous work: The Mammoth Hunter, which has been released in over twenty editions and sold over half a million copies. The book was published at least ten times in German and even translated into Japanese.
biographyJosef Císařovský (* 1952) graduated from FAMU, having majored in documentary filmmaking. He then worked as a blacksmith and a wine merchant before working as an external screenwriter and director for Czechoslovak Television and Prague Short Film. Since the 1990s, he has been working regularly with Czech Television. His documentaries are striking film essays characterized by the poetic nature of their imagery and musicality.
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