28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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A Peculiar Time
A Peculiar Time

A Peculiar Time

director: Jiří Papoušek
original title: Podivuhodný čas
country: Czechoslovakia
year: 1968
running time: 11 min.


We'll never see a dewdrop disappear from a blade of grass, says the fatally poetic commentary on human time. The cinematic one, unlike the human one, can slow down, speed up, watch from close range and from a distance. Then there's outhouse time. It’s bureaucratic time, which fickly shuffles around the constant inertia of a haystack.


Jiří Papoušek (1920 - 1996) was a Czech film director, editor and documentary filmmaker, who studied at a graphic design school, but from 1945 onwards was introduced to many film professions. From 1949 he made documentary films of various themes. He has shot a variety of genres, from reporting on the Vienna Youth Festival, documenting the Spartakiads of 1960 and 1965, to films from countries such as Cuba and the USSR. In his later years, he devoted himself primarily to sports documentaries.

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director: Jiří Papoušek
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Creative Europe Media
Česká televize
Český rozhlas