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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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director: Diana Cam Van Nguyen
original title: Spolu sami
country: Czech Republic
year: 2018
running time: 10 min.

synopsis

In her short, emotional film about life after the loss of a loved one, the author enthrallingly deals with a difficult topic, using techniques of both feature and animated film. Real experiences of the narrators, accompanied by an animated reconstruction of the painful situation, create a mournful insight into the thoughts of three young people untimely exposed to death.

biography

Czech-Vietnamese illustrator and FAMU student Diana Cam Van Nguyen (1993) uses various techniques of animation to describe personal issues. She has already captured sensitivity and an individual perspective in her successful debut Malá (The Little One, 2017).

 

more about film

director: Diana Cam Van Nguyen
cast: Barbora Vildová, Ondřej Gabaš, Petr Cuker
producer: Karolina Davidová, Alexandra Hroncová
script: Diana Cam Van Nguyen, Lukáš Janičík
photography: Kryštof Melka
editing: Lukáš Janičík
sound: Viera Marinová

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Feeling My Own Body
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Feeling My Own Body

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Anna Petruželová
Czech Republic / 2018 / 10 min.
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