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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.

more about film

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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Children of the Full Moon
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Children of the Full Moon

Veronika Stehlíková
Czech Republic / 2017 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Don’t Give Up: The Dark Bush
A documentary film about trying to save an antelope species known as the giant eland. For more than 15 years, a team from the Czech Republic has been fighting to ensure its survival. Why do efforts at saving exotic animals often come from Westerners and not from those who share the same environment as the endangered species?

Don’t Give Up: The Dark Bush

Michal Varga
Czech Republic / 2016 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Jakub Hrůša versus Leoš Janáček’s The Makropulos Affair
At age 36, Jakub Hrůša was awarded the Sir Charles Mackerras Prize for his contribution to presenting the work of Leoš Janáček – just a few meters from the place in Brno where the great composer wrote the score to The Makropulos Affair. Exactly one month after receiving the award, Hrůša makes his debut with the Vienna State Opera for a new production of the opera. A documentary about one of the most difficult tasks in the young conductor’s career.

Jakub Hrůša versus Leoš Janáček’s The Makropulos Affair

Olga Špátová
Czech Republic / 2015 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Trabant: There and Back Again
The great journey around the world comes to an end! Dan Přibáň leads the yellow Trabants on their final cross-continental voyage in style as the yellow circus heads home from India. They cross the Himalayas, breaks altitude records and flees from the police. Even though the going gets tough on more than one occasion, the international Czech-Slovak-Polish crew fights against all the odds with black humor and self-irony.
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Trabant: There and Back Again

Dan Přibáň
Czech Republic / 2019 / 114 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
The Power of Lies
This documentary analyses the quality of infowar and the effects of disinformation in the Czech Republic. It tries to find out who is behind false reports that spread mainly through social networks and so called conspiracy webs. The film also tries to answer the question whether these false reports, stories and emotions are spread as part of Russian propaganda and whether those Czechs who are for various reasons unhappy with the direction their country chose after 1989 are in on the scheme.

The Power of Lies

Tomáš Kudrna
Czech Republic / 2016 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Let Misik Sing!
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Let Misik Sing!

Jitka Němcová
Czech Republic / 2017 / 100 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Kotík the Untameable
Petr Kotík is one of the world’s most distinguished and renowned authors and tireless promoters of European and American contemporary music. A composer, conductor and flautist on his way between New York, Prague and Ostrava in the documentary by Adam Oľha.

Kotík the Untameable

Adam Oľha
Czech Republic / 2017 / 58 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
The Last Hope of Věra Bílá
Věra Bílá was once one of the largest celebrities on the Czech music scene. Together with the band Kale, she went on numerous tours of Europe, the USA, and Japan. But after leaving the band in 2006 she no longer performs in public, and her passion for gambling machines caused her to fall into debt. In 2013, her only (adopted) son passed away, followed soon after by her husband. She spent Christmas 2016 all alone in a small room. Nobody gave her any gifts. She remembers her grandmother, who survived Auschwitz, and the many downturns and insults she has had to suffer. And yet she looks forward, with faith in a new project, new energy, hope…

The Last Hope of Věra Bílá

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section: Czech Television Documentaries
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Marriage stories: New Generation

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Czech Republic / 2019 / 92 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
The Path Leads This Way
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The Path Leads This Way

Martin Ryšavý
Czech Republic / 2015 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
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The Trial - The State Of Russia vs. Oleg Sentsov

Askold Kurov
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section: Czech Television Documentaries
This Is Not Me
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This Is Not Me

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section: Czech Television Documentaries
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