28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Behind the Wheel
Behind the Wheel

Behind the Wheel

director: Václav Táborský
original title: Hodiny za volantem
country: Czechoslovakia
year: 1962
running time: 10 min.


I'll throw you in a pit, cover you up with sand and you'll be gone, sighs the driver of a Tatra truck who has to drive eighteen times in one shift from the sandpit to the embankment in Veltrusy and back. Driving, dumping, loading and driving again; dust, heat and wind-battered, suntanned cheeks are the attributes of inadvertent heroism.


Václav Táborský (born 1928), a Czech pioneer of cinéma vérité, made over eighty short films and almost fifty educational programmes. After August 1968, he emigrated to Canada, where he worked as an educator. His work is divided into satirical documentary features and feature films for children, including Escape in the Wind and Miraculous Puzzle.

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director: Václav Táborský
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