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23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Russian Job

director: Petr Horký
original title: Švéd v žigulíku
country: Czech Republic
year: 2017
running time: 64 min.

synopsis

Lada, once the largest and best manufacturer of automobiles in the Soviet Union, is today a financial disaster. In comes a seasoned Swedish manager with the job of bringing back the company’s golden era. At a meeting in the town of Tolyatti, deep in the heart of Russia, everyone comes with their own vision of the future that they do not want to compromise. The Russian Job is the story of great plans and even greater absurdity.

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producer: Martin Jůza, Kateřina Ondřejková
script: Petr Horký
photography: Milan Bureš
editing: Filip Veselý
sound: Jan Hála

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Czechs Save… Sea Turtles in Borneo

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Czech Republic / 2017 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
International Premiere
Neptune
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Neptune

Adéla Babanová
Czech Republic / 2018 / 38 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
World Premiere
Stubborn Architect Martin Rajniš
Martin Rajniš, the “enfant terrible” of Czech architecture, refuses to accept the current state of his field and of society in general. He is just as “terrible” as the French architect Pierre Charles L’Enfant, who designed Washington, D.C., for President Thomas Jefferson. According to one version, the expression “enfant terrible” was inspired by the fact that L’Enfant was extremely difficult to work with. Today, however, it often describes someone original, daring, and direct. The documentary captures Rajniš’s inspirational approach and his working process – both at his studio in Prague and at his country cottage in the village of Maxov in the Jizera Mountains.
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Stubborn Architect Martin Rajniš

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Czech Republic / 2018 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
International Premiere
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Don’t Give Up: Every Bike Has Two Souls

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King Skate

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That Moment: Classmates Among the Tanks

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