26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Kapr Code
Kapr Code
Kapr Code
Kapr Code

Kapr Code

director: Lucie Králová
original title: KAPRKÓD
country: Slovakia, Czech Republic
year: 2022
running time: 91 min.


This operatic documentary takes on an unconventional approach as it covers the life story of Czechoslovak composer Jan Kapr (1914–1988). The once-celebrated composer who was favored by the communist regime was, nonetheless, eventually silenced and erased from history during the 1970s. The film makes use of Kapr's musical scores as well as amateur film shots and, with the help of a playful Dadaist libretto, reveals his life and work, set against the backdrop of historical change. The behind-the-scenes footage from a choir recording deconstructs the biographical genre and shows us how difficult it can be to interpret archival material, memories, and linear narratives.

“Maybe not all viewers will realize that Kapr’s contemporaries were the conceptual musician John Cage, the author of musique concrète Pierre Schaeffer, or the psychologizing composer Benjamin Britten.”

Source: Boris Klepal: Člověk vynášený i drcený dějinami. Filmová opera připomíná skladatele Jana Kapra. Aktuálně.cz, 6. 4. 2022 18:00. https://magazin.aktualne.cz/kultura/klasicka-hudba/clovek-vynaseny-drceny-dejinami-film-opera-kaprkod-jan-kapr/r~937e1ffeb5bd11eca9b1ac1f6b220ee8/ )


Lucie Králová (* 1978) is a Czech director, screenwriter, and playwright. She studied documentary at FAMU where she now teaches. At Ji.hlava IFF, she was twice awarded for Best Czech Documentary for her films The Ill-Fated Child (2003) and Sold (2005) and is also noted for winning the Crystal Globe for Best Feature Doc at Karlovy Vary IFF for her film Lost Holiday (2007).

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director: Lucie Králová
producer: Martin Reznicek , Andrea Shaffer
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