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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Jan Potměšil: I would not change a thing
Jan Potměšil: I would not change a thing
Jan Potměšil: I would not change a thing
Jan Potměšil: I would not change a thing
Jan Potměšil: I would not change a thing
Jan Potměšil: I would not change a thing
Jan Potměšil: I would not change a thing
Jan Potměšil: I would not change a thing

Jan Potměšil: I would not change a thing

director: Miloslav Šmídmajer, Martin Slunečko
original title: Jan Potměšil: Nikdy bych neměnil
country: Czech Republic
year: 2019
running time: 52 min.

synopsis

The film combines the personal story of famous actor Jan Potměšil with the historical events of 1989. Students and actors had a great influence on the origin and course of the Velvet Revolution. They participated in demonstrations, went on strikes, but mainly tried to inform even the remote regions of what was happening. One of them, Jan Potměšil, paid a high price for this activity – on his return home after meeting up with some miners in Ostrava, he got into a collision with another car. The others escaped unscathed, but he was paralyzed for life. With a strong willpower and positive attitude to life, he managed to return not only to everyday life, but also to his profession.

more about film

director: Miloslav Šmídmajer, Martin Slunečko
producer: Martina Šantavá
script: Martin Slunečko, Miloslav Šmídmajer
photography: Miroslav Souček
editing: Martin Palouš
sound: Rumen Pešek

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Intolerance: The Chill

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Czech Republic / 2015 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
The Crimean (Pen) Insula
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Czech Republic / 2018 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
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Tremble by Petr Zuska

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section: Czech Television Documentaries
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Images of Prague Suburbia

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The Russian Job

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section: Czech Television Documentaries
Children of the Full Moon
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Children of the Full Moon

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section: Czech Television Documentaries
Cervena
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Stubborn Architect Martin Rajniš
Martin Rajniš, the “enfant terrible” of Czech architecture, refuses to accept the current state of his field and of society in general. He is just as “terrible” as the French architect Pierre Charles L’Enfant, who designed Washington, D.C., for President Thomas Jefferson. According to one version, the expression “enfant terrible” was inspired by the fact that L’Enfant was extremely difficult to work with. Today, however, it often describes someone original, daring, and direct. The documentary captures Rajniš’s inspirational approach and his working process – both at his studio in Prague and at his country cottage in the village of Maxov in the Jizera Mountains.

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Terezín gravediggers

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Resmay Is a Guardian Angel

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section: Czech Television Documentaries
The Second Republic
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The Second Republic

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