28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Holy Spine
The Holy Spine
The Holy Spine
The Holy Spine
The Holy Spine
The Holy Spine

The Holy Spine

director: Šimona Müllerová
original title: Svatá páteř
country: Czech Republic
year: 2022
running time: 18 min.


Animals exhausted by the unbearable weight of existence, existential frustration and everyday squabble. Humans as empty puppets waiting for the command from the director or romping actors frenziedly protecting their fragile egos. A theatrical, multidimensional performance inspired by the author’s frustrations and artistic (dis)illusions.

“We have a problem with you; we have a problem with us. We’re afraid to speak without metaphors.”


Šimona Müllerová (* 1998) was born in Bratislava and she is completing her bachelor’s degree at the Department of Documentary Film at the Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). Her directorial style defies common documentary practices. Rather than observable reality, she explores diverse images of inner realities and other intangible spaces.

more about film

director: Šimona Müllerová
producer: Ondřej Šejnoha
photography: Filip Alex Svoboda
editing: Sebastián Kučkovský
sound design: Vít Jeřábek
art director: Martin Tůma, Valérie Volfová
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Creative Europe Media
Česká televize
Český rozhlas