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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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A New Shift
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A New Shift

A New Shift

director: Jindřich Andrš
original title: Nová šichta
country: Czech Republic
year: 2020
running time: 90 min.

synopsis

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The closure of the Paskov mine, 2017; drilling into coal mines in the Ostrava-Karviná district, once a tradition, is now becoming a thing of the past. The Nová šichta retraining program drives a laid-off miner, Tomáš Hisem, away from his pickaxe, jackhammer, football Baník matches and Padlock concerts and into the world of object-oriented programming. New opportunities and horizons lead to changes in his personal life and career. This tender portrait of an ordinary miner navigating his way through the labyrinth of the labour market reveals both the nooks and crannies of a performance-oriented society and the transforming industrial agglomerations. Strong will and determination prevail over the media simulacrum of retraining in an impressive struggle for the soul and the dignity of one working-class man.

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This film is being screened under the auspices of the Representation of the European Commission in the Czech Republic.

biography

Jindřich Andrš (1994) is a debuting director and producer. He studied documentary film directing at FAMU and film studies at Charles University and Edinburgh Napier University. His short film The Last Shift of Tomáš Hisem earned him a Special Mention in the Czech Joy section at the 2017 Ji.hlava IDFF among other awards. Nová šichta - an intimate time-lapse portrait of a laid-off miner who decided to retrain as a programmer, is his feature-length debut. With A New Shift, he participated in international workshops for Ex Oriente, Doc Incubator CZ, and IDFA Academy. As a producer, he completed the short film Pripyat Piano - a poetic film from Chernobyl. Pripyat Piano received the Silver Eye Award in 2019.

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director: Jindřich Andrš
producer: Milos Lochman, Augustina Micková
photography: Tomáš Frkal
editing: Lukáš Janičík
music: Eliška Cílková
sound: Šimon Herrmann
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