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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Růža

Růža

director: David Bonaventura
original title: Růža
country: Czech Republic
year: 2014
running time: 52 min.

synopsis

The life story of jockey Martina Růžičková is full of loss, pain, and obstacles, but she also managed to face up to adversity with newfound strength and resolve. How does she live today, did she succeed in entering the Great Pardubice Steeplechase at age 50, and what surprises did she experience thanks to Folie d’Ocean, the mare bought for her by famous Finnish racecar driver Mika Häkkinen?

more about film

director: David Bonaventura
producer: Martina Šantavá, David Bonaventura
script: David Bonaventura
photography: Edita Kainrathová
editing: David Havlíček
music: Petr Hrubeš

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The Last Hope of Věra Bílá
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…

The Last Hope of Věra Bílá

David Vondráček, Roman Šantúr
Czech Republic / 2018 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
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Jiří Trnka: A Long Lost Friend
Jiří Trnka was one of the greatest Czech artists of the 20th century and one of the founding fathers of puppet animation. His poetic and imaginative work starkly contrasts with the dark era of the 1950s in Czechoslovakia. His work was used by the regime as evidence that the communist society was able to provide artists with great conditions for creating works of art. The ideological race between East and West was unavoidable and affected both children and their stories.
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Jiří Trnka: A Long Lost Friend

Joël Farges, Tereza Brdečková
Czech Republic, France / 2019 / 79 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Don’t Give Up: All Around Me Lives and Feels Like Me
Painter, wood-carver, typesetter, printer, writer, and poet Josef Váchal was one of the most distinctive artists of the 20th century. He left behind an extensive body of work, in which his monumental book – a kind of modern codex devoted to his great love, the Bohemian Forest – holds a remarkable place. With The Bohemian Forest: Dying, Romantic, the inveterate wanderer and pilgrim Josef Váchal offers an enduring testemony of the ancient face of the Bohemian Forest and its inimitable and disappearing beauty. 

Don’t Give Up: All Around Me Lives and Feels Like Me

Karel Čtveráček
Czech Republic / 2017 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Another chance
A true story about the unlikely love of a middle-aged woman from a middle-class family and a scam artist. The risk of death and hope in the form of a newborn child enter into their relationship from the least probable direction. Another chance is a perceptive psychological portrayal of a woman, her partner, and other loved ones, and at the same time a riveting testimony to the struggle for life and its meaning.
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Another chance

Eva Tomanová
Czech Republic / 2019 / 75 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Czech Journal: In the Child’s Best Interests
This film compares the fates of two newborns, whose parents either could not or did not want to care for them. Whilst one is placed into a temporary guardian’s care immediately after birth, the other is sent to a residential care home for infants. The documentary explores the system in place for handling unwanted newborns. At the same time, it also raises several controversial issues.

Czech Journal: In the Child’s Best Interests

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Czech Republic / 2016 / 64 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
The Arch of Lights and Shadows
They met on a Friday and got married on the Sunday.  They had to run away from home to flee from their parents' fury, so they went on a honeymoon to the cannibals. There, they lost their illusions, their camera and nearly their lives as well.  Where others would've given up, American filmmakers Martin and Osa Johnson risked their lives to narrate an account of a vanishing wilderness. Their story is an authentic imprint of times when filming Africa was more dangerous than all the local predators and malaria. Their work fascinated the public including Ernest Hemingway, Charlie Chaplin and the British Royal Family. However, our era has forgotten them...

The Arch of Lights and Shadows

Jan Svatoš
Czech Republic / 2018 / 90 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Marriage stories: New Generation
Mirka and Kuba met at a techno party, had a daughter together, and decided to get married. With a wedding begins seven years of happiness, love, and rough patches. The young couple are not only confronted with age-old challenges, but also with the temptations and intricacies of life in today's Czech Republic. Moving to the big city, having a second child, getting a mortgage, having a mid-life crisis. But can the family manage to overcome the biggest obstacle of all, together? Using her time-lapse method, Hana Třeštíková captures private dramas in a captivating way. It continues the work of her mother Helena, who made a name for herself with this format.
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Marriage stories: New Generation

Hana Třeštíková
Czech Republic / 2019 / 92 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Ticket to the Moon
Five years before Neil Armstrong first set foot on the Moon, Pan Am began selling tickets to the Moon. At the time, space fever had engulfed the whole world, including Ronald Reagan. A total of 100,000 people signed up for the "First Moon Flights" Club. What were their motivations to leave Earth and what were they hoping to find? Along with the protagonists from various parts of the world (USA, Austria, Czech Republic), the film reflects on the expectations surrounding commercial flights to the Moon. 
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Ticket to the Moon

Veronika Janatková
Czech Republic, Germany / 2019 / 68 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Brothers Beyond the Grave
Their parents came to Czechoslovakia in August 1968 along with the occupying forces. Today, these “children of Milovice” find themselves on opposing sides in the Russo-Ukrainian conflict. These “brothers,” destined for “friendship for all eternity,” are now shooting at one another. How do the children of the former officers stationed in Milovice see the contemporary Czech Republic and Russia? 

Brothers Beyond the Grave

Martin Jazairi
Czech Republic / 2017 / 59 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
European Architect Bohuslav Fuchs
A survey of the historical and contemporary significance of the work of Bohuslav Fuchs at home and abroad, this documentary describes the birth of the unique tradition of Brno’s Functionalism through the life of its main representatives, whose most famous buildings in Brno include the Zeman Café and the Hotel Avion.

European Architect Bohuslav Fuchs

Pavel Jirásek
Czech Republic / 2016 / 57 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Jiří Suchý - Tackling Life with Ease
Few people in Czech culture have influenced so many generations by their versatile talent during their sixty years of their creative career. A stage actor, musician, lyricist, poet, composer, writer, filmmaker, graphic artist, fine artist, theater director, collector – all these professions were, and still are, those of Jiří Suchý, whose life story was captured by Olga Sommerová.
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Jiří Suchý - Tackling Life with Ease

Olga Sommerová
Czech Republic / 2019 / 102 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Folklorika Series: Everybody Roots for Something
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Folklorika Series: Everybody Roots for Something

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Czech Republic / 2017 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
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