28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Photographing the House-Dwellers

Photographing the House-Dwellers

director: Dušan Trančík
original title: Fotografovanie obyvatelov domu
country: Czechoslovakia
year: 1968
running time: 15 min.


A traditional, multigenerational family gathers in front of a partially built country house at various occasions. The house reconstruction, new family members, amusing and sad events – all these things call for taking family pictures. The admiration for everyman’s diligence is combined with an ironic emphasis on the paradox of grand illusions and everyday reality – the dearly bought conveniences of socialism.


Dušan Trančík (1946) studied editing at the FAMU in Prague. During his studies, he also worked on Commemoration (1969) – a film about the Palachiad; later he made feature films such as The Chmapion (1978) or Different Love (1985). 

more about film

director: Dušan Trančík
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Creative Europe Media
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