28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Judge over the Czech Way

The Judge over the Czech Way

director: Robert Sedláček
original title: Soud nad českou cestou
country: Czech Republic
year: 2019
running time: 84 min.


The documentary reflects on thirty years of renewed democracy by way of a court hearing, whose subject matter. The film brings together actors in the roles of the plaintiff, defense counsel and judge with real people who represent Czech society as spectators, witnesses and members of the jury. The film is clearly inspired by a court hearing regarding a two-generation dispute filmed by Czechoslovak Television in 1966.

“The story of an idealism and naivety of one and rationality of others. Review of thirty years of a divided society, who did not know about it. ” R. Sedláček


Robert Sedláček (1973) has graduated from documentary film-making at FAMU, Prague. The most noticeable of all his documentaries are the trilogy In Those Days (1999, 2000, 2002), Václav Bělohraddský: Nobody Is Listening (2004) and Miloš Zeman - a Politician’s Obituary and a Praise of Vysočina (2007). He shoots TV series, such as The Czech Century (2013) and La bohème (2017), as well as feature films, such as Men in Rut (2009), Long Live the Family! (2011) and Jan Palach (2018).

more about film

director: Robert Sedláček
producer: Dušan Mulíček
script: Ondřej Gabriel
photography: Jan Šuster
editing: Petr Pauer
sound: Robert Slezák
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Creative Europe Media
Česká televize
Český rozhlas