28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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La Reine
La Reine
La Reine
La Reine
La Reine

La Reine

director: Nikola Klinger
original title: La Reine
country: Czech Republic
year: 2023
running time: 61 min.


Drugs have been with 73-year-old non-conformist Ian all his life, but times have changed. Whereas in the 1960s they were part of the counterculture, today the lavender farm is a place far from the outside world where addicts flock, not looking for different or better company, but to bring their own traumas. Nikola Klinger used Super 16 to film not only Ian's memories, but also a nostalgic chronicle of social processes. His portrait of individual and collective memory shows that there are two ways to enjoy freedom, either as a medicinal herb or a poison drug.

“Today we are taught to be individualists, but I think we are more dependent than ever.”

The first screening is simultaneously translated into English.


Nikola Klinger (1987) graduated from the Photography Studio of the Faculty of Art and Design in Ústí nad Labem and also from the audiovisual studies at FAMU. He works in photography, documentary and feature film and is interested in isolated communities and marginal topics. Ji.hlava IDFF screened his short film Mrs. Happy in 2020. La Reine is his feature debut.

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director: Nikola Klinger
producer: Miloš Lochman, Karel Chvojka
script: Nikola Klinger
photography: Nikola Klinger
editing: Karolína Čejková
sound: Zuzana Švancarová
sound design: Zuzana Švancarová
executive producer: Karolína Nováková
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