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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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Jiří Trnka: A Long Lost Friend

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section: Czech Television Documentaries
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section: Czech Television Documentaries
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