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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Jaroslav Kučera - A portrait

Jaroslav Kučera - A portrait

director: Tomáš Michálek, Jakub Felcman
original title: Jaroslav Kučera zblízka
country: Czech Republic
year: 2019
running time: 63 min.

synopsis

We are all aware of the titles The Cassandra Cat, Diamonds of the Night, All My Compatriots or Dinner for Adele. But only few people know, that key aspect of their success lies behind the work of the cinematographer Jaroslav Kučera. The film portrait of one of the most talented filmmakers of 20th century, who had a significant role in the birth of the czechoslovak new wave, that helped rejuvanate world cinematography and get czechoslovakian cinema abroad.

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director: Tomáš Michálek, Jakub Felcman
producer: Tomáš Michálek, Alena Müllerová
script: Jakub Felcman
photography: Jaroslav Kučera, Peter Zeitlinger
editing: Jiří Brožek
sound: Sandra Klouzková

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Don’t Give Up: Every Bike Has Two Souls

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Czech Republic / 2018 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
European Architect Bohuslav Fuchs
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European Architect Bohuslav Fuchs

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Czech Republic / 2016 / 57 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Love with the Scent of Fir
This documentary film about people who "no longer have to pretend that they don't exist" was made as a gift from Czech Television for the Jedlička Institute for the Disabled to mark the institute's 100th anniversary. Over the course of just under an hour, we see and experience the everyday joyful, comical, embarrassing, and extraordinary situations of several people who have one thing in common: the institute that everybody calls by its nickname "Jedle" ("fir"). What kind of institute is it? How has it changed over the past 100 years? What has it given to and gained from the people who have passed through it? The various micro-stories culminate in a wedding and birth. Most of the protagonists are in wheelchairs, but that doesn't keep them from cutting loose.

Love with the Scent of Fir

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Czech Republic / 2013 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Jan Potměšil: I would not change a thing
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Jan Potměšil: I would not change a thing

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Czech Republic / 2019 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
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Don't give up: Climatic prisoners

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section: Czech Television Documentaries
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Hotelier

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section: Czech Television Documentaries
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Trabant: There and Back Again

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My Father, The Spy

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section: Czech Television Documentaries
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In Mosul

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section: Czech Television Documentaries
Don't give up: Butterflies above the abbys
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Don't give up: Butterflies above the abbys

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section: Czech Television Documentaries
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Czech Journal: Okamura Brothers

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section: Czech Television Documentaries
Report from Hell
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Report from Hell

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