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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Stubborn Architect Martin Rajniš
Stubborn Architect Martin Rajniš
Stubborn Architect Martin Rajniš
Stubborn Architect Martin Rajniš

Stubborn Architect Martin Rajniš

director: Roman Vávra
original title: Klackovitý architekt Martin Rajniš
country: Czech Republic
year: 2018
running time: 52 min.

synopsis

Martin Rajniš, the “enfant terrible” of Czech architecture, refuses to accept the current state of his field and of society in general. He is just as “terrible” as the French architect Pierre Charles L’Enfant, who designed Washington, D.C., for President Thomas Jefferson. According to one version, the expression “enfant terrible” was inspired by the fact that L’Enfant was extremely difficult to work with. Today, however, it often describes someone original, daring, and direct. The documentary captures Rajniš’s inspirational approach and his working process – both at his studio in Prague and at his country cottage in the village of Maxov in the Jizera Mountains.

more about film

director: Roman Vávra
producer: Lenka Poláková
script: Roman Vávra
photography: Roman Vávra
editing: Michal Cuc
sound: Michael Míček, Ivan Horák

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