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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Last Hope of Věra Bílá
The Last Hope of Věra Bílá
The Last Hope of Věra Bílá
The Last Hope of Věra Bílá
The Last Hope of Věra Bílá

The Last Hope of Věra Bílá

director: David Vondráček, Roman Šantúr
original title: Poslední naděje Věry Bílé
country: Czech Republic
year: 2018
running time: 52 min.

synopsis

Věra Bílá was once one of the largest celebrities on the Czech music scene. Together with the band Kale, she went on numerous tours of Europe, the USA, and Japan. But after leaving the band in 2006 she no longer performs in public, and her passion for gambling machines caused her to fall into debt. In 2013, her only (adopted) son passed away, followed soon after by her husband. She spent Christmas 2016 all alone in a small room. Nobody gave her any gifts. She remembers her grandmother, who survived Auschwitz, and the many downturns and insults she has had to suffer. And yet she looks forward, with faith in a new project, new energy, hope…

more about film

director: David Vondráček, Roman Šantúr
producer: Lenka Poláková
script: David Vondráček
photography: Roman Šantúr
editing: Roman Šantúr
sound: Milan Sýkora

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Don’t Give Up: The Dark Bush

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section: Czech Television Documentaries
Mamma from Prison
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Mamma from Prison

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Terezín gravediggers

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section: Czech Television Documentaries
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Another chance

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Ticket to the Moon

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