28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Olympic Halftime
Olympic Halftime
Olympic Halftime
Olympic Halftime
Olympic Halftime

Olympic Halftime

director: Haruna Honcoop
original title: Olympijský mezičas
country: Czech Republic
year: 2023
running time: 77 min.


What impact do the Olympic Games have on their host cities? Athens, Tokyo, Beijing and Paris – cities that have changed the urban layout of entire neighbourhoods for the Olympics, transforming their appearance forever. Unused sports stadiums are falling into disrepair and grass is growing over them, while public attention is focused on the construction of new stadiums costing billions, displacing thousands of residents who have to make way for them. The director travels to Olympic host cities to explore this unsustainable cycle, which has a devastating effect on the city's economy, the environment, and the lives of ordinary people.

“I think the ruins are alive, and in them the present, past and future all exist simultaneously.”

The second projection will have English subtitles.


Japanese-Czech documentary filmmaker Haruna Honcoop (1982) is a PhD student at FAMU, where she researches Chinese independent documentary filmmaking. She focused on Czech-Chinese relations in her student film Truth or False (2016), and her film Built to Last – Relics of Communist-era Architecture (2017) was also a success.

more about film

director: Haruna Honcoop
producer: Vít Janeček, Vít Janeček
script: Haruna Honcoop, Dimitrios Polyzos
photography: Lukáš Milota, Haruna Honcoop, Ondřej Belica
editing: Dimitrios Polyzos
sound: Jan Richtr
Ministerstvo kultury
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