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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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King Skate
King Skate
King Skate
King Skate
King Skate

King Skate

director: Šimon Šafránek
original title: King Skate
country: Czech Republic
year: 2018
running time: 90 min.

synopsis

Sticking to the asphalt. Zipping through space. Everything in motion. Skateboard! In the gray atmosphere of 1970s and ’80s communist Czechoslovakia, it was something completely new and different. Love at first sight. A never-ending party. Adrenaline. Cult figures of the era’s skateboard scene tell their stories of broken bones, unbroken friendships, and wild rides towards freedom amidst communism.

more about film

director: Šimon Šafránek
producer: Kateřina Černá, Alena Müllerová
script: Šimon Šafránek
photography: Jiří Chod
editing: Šimon Hájek
sound: Martin Roškaňuk, Marek Musil, Pert Kapeller

other films in the section

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

David Vondráček, Roman Šantúr
Czech Republic / 2018 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
World Premiere
Jan Potměšil: I would not change a thing
The film combines the personal story of famous actor Jan Potměšil with the historical events of 1989. Students and actors had a great influence on the origin and course of the Velvet Revolution. They participated in demonstrations, went on strikes, but mainly tried to inform even the remote regions of what was happening. One of them, Jan Potměšil, paid a high price for this activity – on his return home after meeting up with some miners in Ostrava, he got into a collision with another car. The others escaped unscathed, but he was paralyzed for life. With a strong willpower and positive attitude to life, he managed to return not only to everyday life, but also to his profession.
personal program

Jan Potměšil: I would not change a thing

Miloslav Šmídmajer, Martin Slunečko
Czech Republic / 2019 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
World Premiere
Our Countryside: Bedřichovice Upon Thames
What happens when an entire village is made part of an art project? The story of a seemingly ordinary village that, thanks to the ideas of artist Kateřina Šedá, is turned into a living work of art

Our Countryside: Bedřichovice Upon Thames

Jan Gogola ml.
Czech Republic / 2015 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Don’t Give Up: Biomass Forever!
Energetically sustainable communities are unique and far between in our corner of the world. The standard situation is that the biggest chunk of money from municipal budgets reserved to pay for gas and electricity, goes to energy giants and monopolies, and other options are not even considered.

Don’t Give Up: Biomass Forever!

Ivo Bystřičan
Czech Republic / 2017 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Don’t Give Up: In the Thrall of the Woods
The current, widespread bark beetle infestation shows clearly that the spruce monoculture in the Czech landscape is a great problem. And yet, spruces are being replanted in places where forests should never be. The illegal planting of forests is a trend that people involved in environmental protection have been observing for several years now. Owners of land classified as meadows and pastureland are planting woodlands, primarily spruce, in defiance of the law, thus driving out endangered species of plants and animals, changing the traditional character of the landscape, and making it less attractive for visitors. 

Don’t Give Up: In the Thrall of the Woods

Tomáš Netočný
Czech Republic / 2018 / 26 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
Littler Brother Karel
We have more in common with our Polish neighbors than we might think. A similar history, similar fates suffered by our heroes, and Karel Kryl. A parallel biographical look at the lives of Karel Kryl and the director Krystyna Krauze, who was born in the Polish town of Oliwa. A few years after her birth, Kryl’s song The Organ in Oliwa would become the unofficial hymn of Poland’s Solidarity movement.

Littler Brother Karel

Krystyna Krauze
Czech Republic, Poland / 2016 / 80 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Don’t Give Up: Every Bike Has Two Souls
The Bikes for Africa charitable project has been operating in the Czech Republic since 2012. Its mission is to offer African children a way of getting to school. The project is founded on the principles of giving, volunteerism, cooperation, and people’s personal initiative. One interesting paradox is the fact that the project involves people from the margins of society (prisoners, homeless people), who recieve a “second chance,” thus giving the project not only a humanitarian, but also an environmental dimension involving the “ecology of the soul.” The film shows all these aspects of the project, set against the journey of one particular bicycle donated by a Czech girl to her Gambian peer. 

Don’t Give Up: Every Bike Has Two Souls

Martin Homan
Czech Republic / 2018 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Stepec
A documentary portrayal of tennis player Radek Štěpánek takes a look at his determination during tennis matches and offers an insight into the private life of this fascinating sports figure. The time-lapse documentary includes comments of his friends, e.g. Petr Čech, Pavel Nedvěd and Jaromír Jágr.

Stepec

Jana Škopková
Czech Republic / 2015 / 65 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Stories of 20th Century - Frontier Guards
In December 1989, the "Iron Curtain" that separated the Soviet Bloc from the Western world fell. Cutting the wires from the previously impenetrable borders is probably the most memorable symbol of the continent’s newly acquired freedom. But how did the former Border Patrol Officers see the events at the time? Their main task was not to patrol the borders against dangers from the outside world, but rather to hunt down citizens from Czechoslovakia and other countries of the Soviet Bloc who were trying to escape into the democratic world.  
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Stories of 20th Century - Frontier Guards

Radim Špaček
Czech Republic / 2019 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
The Arch of Lights and Shadows
They met on a Friday and got married on the Sunday.  They had to run away from home to flee from their parents' fury, so they went on a honeymoon to the cannibals. There, they lost their illusions, their camera and nearly their lives as well.  Where others would've given up, American filmmakers Martin and Osa Johnson risked their lives to narrate an account of a vanishing wilderness. Their story is an authentic imprint of times when filming Africa was more dangerous than all the local predators and malaria. Their work fascinated the public including Ernest Hemingway, Charlie Chaplin and the British Royal Family. However, our era has forgotten them...

The Arch of Lights and Shadows

Jan Svatoš
Czech Republic / 2018 / 90 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Orbis Artis: Pasta Oner
Director, cinematographer and photographer Jaroslav Brabec has been mapping the domestic art scene for many years, as evidenced by his photobook Orbis Artis. Based on the book, Czech Television commissioned a documentary series of the same name, introducing Czech artists whose work we should respect and be familiar with.

Orbis Artis: Pasta Oner

Jaroslav Brabec
Czech Republic / 2017 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
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