28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Searching For Jan Skácel
Searching For Jan Skácel
Searching For Jan Skácel
Searching For Jan Skácel

Searching For Jan Skácel

director: Kateřina Dudová, Michael Jiřinec
original title: Hledání Jana Skácela
country: Czech Republic
year: 2022
running time: 52 min.


A collage of influences, spoken sentences, deeds, traces, and appearances of the Brno poet and prose writer Jan Skácel. Contemporary cultural figures regard the author as a social and cultural phenomenon. The directors of this documentary, on the other hand, decided to treat Jan Skácel as a subject of literary and social history, whose role in the cluster of regime and cultural events is unwavering and often – nowadays – glorified or otherwise embellished. In the film, they attempt to distance themselves from the established ideas about Jan Skácel and, at the same time, from past interpretations of Jan Skácel’s work. Instead, they interpret him through their own series of images.


Kateřina Dudová (* 1987) studied theatre directing at DAMU in Prague and later studied at the Department of Documentary Film at FAMU. Her theatre and film productions tend to be experimental in nature.
Michael Jiřinec (* 1993) studied film theory and history at Masaryk University in Brno and is currently a FAMU student at the Department of Documentary Film. In his work, he tends to focus on authorial films. His latest film, Shitface, was screened at the 2021 Ji.hlava IDFF.

more about film

director: Kateřina Dudová, Michael Jiřinec
producer: Patrick Diviš
script: Eva Pospíšilová, Michael Jiřinec, Kateřina Dudová
photography: Petr Koblovský, Patrik Balonek
editing: Michal Böhm
music: Tomáš Vtípil
sound: Pavel Bylinský, Filip Johánek, Matěj Lindner, Radomír Geyer, Petr Kaláb
Ministerstvo kultury
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