28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Passportless Mess
Passportless Mess
Passportless Mess

Passportless Mess

director: Maja Penčič
original title: Legenda bez pasoša
country: Czech Republic
year: 2022
running time: 21 min.


An idiot for some, a genius for others. Zoran is an urban legend of a Serbian block of flats who allegedly travelled the whole world without a single ID on him. After that, he went nuts due to politics, war and MDMA. “I saw it with my own naked eye,” nodded a half-blind old man. Though a clear answer to the question who Zoran really was is not to be expected at the end of this semi-serious manhunt, it is more than sure that even if he did not exist, the locals must have had to think him up.

“I’ve known the guy since I was seven years old, I’ve got endless stories.”


Maja Penčič, Czech director with Balkan roots, is currently a third-year student of documentary filmmaking at FAMU. Her films, very often featuring her closest friends and family, are – by her own words – created out of intuition and chaos. She is interested in storytelling, emotions and sorcery. She cooperates with editor Idni Beganovič.

more about film

director: Maja Penčič
producer: Ondřej Šejnoha
script: Maja Penčič, Idni Beganovič, Nika Datiashvili
photography: Nika Datiashvili, Michael Šindelář
editing: Idni Beganovič
sound design: Adéla Kaiserová, Matěj Lindner
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