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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Jiří Suchý - Tackling Life with Ease
Jiří Suchý - Tackling Life with Ease
Jiří Suchý - Tackling Life with Ease

Jiří Suchý - Tackling Life with Ease

director: Olga Sommerová
original title: Jiří Suchý - Lehce s životem se prát
country: Czech Republic
year: 2019
running time: 102 min.

synopsis

Few people in Czech culture have influenced so many generations by their versatile talent during their sixty years of their creative career. A stage actor, musician, lyricist, poet, composer, writer, filmmaker, graphic artist, fine artist, theater director, collector – all these professions were, and still are, those of Jiří Suchý, whose life story was captured by Olga Sommerová.

more about film

director: Olga Sommerová
producer: Viktor Schwarcz, Ivana Leidlova, Silvia Panakova, Alena Müllerová
script: Olga Sommerová
photography: Olga Špátová
editing: Blanka Kulová
sound: Petr Provazník, Daniel Němec

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