27th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Intensive Life Unit
The Intensive Life Unit
The Intensive Life Unit
The Intensive Life Unit
The Intensive Life Unit

The Intensive Life Unit

director: Adéla Komrzý
original title: Jednotka intenzivního života
country: Czech Republic
year: 2021
running time: 73 min.


Throughout their work, doctors Ondřej and Kateřina often touch the untouchable. In this feature-length documentary, the pioneers of Czech hospital palliative care open up topics that have otherwise disappeared from our lives. Within the context of robotic medicine and glorified lab coats geared towards handling serious diseases, the person returns to the center of their attention. In a series of intimate interviews, doctors and their patients look for answers to a question that’s unfortunately often forgotten about in hospitals where life ends for 60-70% of Czech society: “How can you still have a good life while living with a fatal illness?”


Adéla Komrzý (1992) studied art history at the Faculty of Arts at Charles University, and in 2020 she completed her master's degree in documentary filmmaking at FAMU. In 2018, she was an intern at the Konrad Wolf Film University of Babelsberg, where she studied directing. In that same year, she also participated in the Berlinale Talents program at the Berlinale International Film Festival. For her bachelor's film Teaching War (Season 4, Episode 2 of the Czech Journal TV series), she won the main Andrej "Nikolaj" Stankovič Czech Film Award. Her short film An Absence of Reciprocity in Vulnerability, Losses and Risks (2017) was screened as part of the Short Joy competition section at Ji.hlava IDFF and several other major festivals. Her next film Viva Video, Video Viva (2019) about the pioneers of Czech video art, was nominated for the Pavel Koutecký Award and competed in the Czech Joy section

more about film

director: Adéla Komrzý
producer: Pavla Janoušková Kubečková , Tomáš Hrubý
script: Adéla Komrzý
photography: Prokop Souček
editing: Mariana Kozáková
music: Marek Mrkvička
sound: Michaela Patríková, Daniela Vaníčková
koproducent: Věra Krincvajová, Adéla Komrzý
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