26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Kamil Lhoták, a film about the painter

Kamil Lhoták, a film about the painter

director: Karel Vachek
original title: Malíř Kamil Lhoták
country: Czech Republic
year: 1959
running time: 7 min.


Talking about art doesn’t work, if I want to say truth. When I express some rules I consider to go for this or that work of art, they look like a demagogic thesis. If I don’t want their stupidity to be offensive, I have to forget them, but that’s not convenient either. I have mentioned certain meaning of conventions before. As the rules are contradictary, so the work of art isn’t friendly to a man, who has made or watched it. Every work is followed by a guilt; and the suffering, which follows the creator’s guilt and which is a part of the work, creates the ethic value of the work and finally its real value.“ Karel Vachek, Kamil Lhoták, the film about the painter.


Karel Vachek (1940) creates multi-layered philosophical and social essays. In 2004, he published the book The Theory of Matter. Films: Moravian Hellas, 1963, Elective Affinities, 1968, New Hyperion or Liberty, Equality, Brotherhood, 1992, What Is to Be Done? (A Journey from Prague to Český Krumlov, or How I Formed a New Government, 1996, Bohemia Docta or The Labyrinth of the World and the Lust-house of the Heart A Divine Comedy, 2000, Who Will Watch the Watchman? Dalibor, or the Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin, 2002Obscurantist and His Lineage or The Pyramids’ Tearful Valleys, 2011.

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director: Karel Vachek
cast: Kamil Lhoták
producer: Karel Vachek
photography: Ivan Renč
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