28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Once Upon a Time in Poland
Once Upon a Time in Poland

Once Upon a Time in Poland

director: Vít Klusák, Filip Remunda
original title: Jak Bůh hledal Karla
country: Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia
year: 2020
running time: 97 min.


Director Karel Žalud, with directors Vít Klusák and Filip Remunda, visited Poland over the course of several years to better understand Poles and their relationship with God. In the film, Žalud turns to casual passers-by, nuns celebrating the anniversary of the baptism of Poland, a representative of the anti-Semitic Radio Maryja, and a priest accused of sexual harassment. While they are all clear on matters of faith, the filmmaker, who himself seeks spiritual support, is increasingly skeptical. Christianity in today’s Poland seems to offer answers, but only to questions agreed upon by the church and the conservative government.
“It’s like a road movie through the medieval Catholic landscape. In short, it is a documentary football match, with one team being the most atheistic nation in Europe, which we are, versus the Poles, who are the most Catholic.” V. Klusák


Filip Remunda (1973) and Vít Klusák (1980) founded the independent production company Hypermarket Film in 2003, which was responsible for, among other things, the Czech Journal series of documentaries. Together they made the socially critical documentaries Czech Dream (2004), Czech Peace (2010) and The Good Driver Smetana (2013).

more about film

director: Vít Klusák, Filip Remunda
producer: Jana Brožková, Zdeněk Holý
photography: Martin Matiášek, Vít Klusák
editing: Hana Dvořáčková
music: Pavel Jan
sound: Michal Gábor, Mariusz Bielecki
sound design: Richard Muller
Ministerstvo kultury
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Creative Europe Media
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