27th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
director: Miroslav Bambušek
original title: Lidi krve
country: Czech Republic
running time: 85 min.
synopsisSudetenland. Present. The grandson of a murdered factory owner is hired as a mystical guide to a wealthy old man’s fate. The curtly sketched wandering journey through a desolate landscape to the past reveals the roots of human brutality. Motives of personal morality, historical guilt for collaborating with the Nazis and redemption through revenge are unleashed in a phantasmagoric hallucinatory feria, a cruel dance of dehumanized figures driven to fulfillment by revenge, greed, and a faint vision of redemption. The historical allegory of Blood Kin, based on a real event, balances between documentary verisimilitude and expressive, surreal dramatization.
“The desert is growing. Woe to those who hide the desert within themselves.” (Friedrich Nietzsche)
This film is screened out of competition.
biographyMiroslav Bambušek (1975) is a playwright and theatre and film director focusing on contemporary drama. He sees film and theatre as a cultural space for a poignant reflection of social reality. His film Jan Hus – Mass for Three Dead Men (2009), KKK (2012) and Blood Kin (2021) present the themes of reconciliation, historical guilt, redemption, and human cruelty.
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|cast:||Miloslav König, Karel Dobrý, Miloslav Mejzlík, Juraj Bača, Tereza Hofová, Jakub Gottwald, Jiří Černý, Jakub Folvarčný, Tomáš Bambušek|
|producer:||Alexandr Dlouhý, Saša Dlouhý|
|co-producer:||Josef Viewegh, Helena Uldrichová, Robert Kirchhoff|
|executive producer:||Jaroslav Kučera, Pavel Vácha|