26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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director: Martin Klusák
original title: Svídna
country: Czech Republic
year: 2021
running time: 20 min.


Svídna is a former medieval village located just west of Slaný, Czech Republic and was first discovered in 1966. Periwinkle-covered walls in the middle of a forest and a chapel juxtaposed in a snowy wasteland portray the protagonist of a poetic experiment that delves into the history of a forgotten place in four chapters. The rustling of celluloid strips and the forces of the elements awaken magic rituals dating as far back as the beginning of mankind and leading up to the advent of motion pictures.


Martin Klusák (1987) is an audiovisual artist and composer. He is currently working on his doctorate at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (AMU). His main focus is on the interaction of music with film, multimedia creation, and site-specific art. Films for which he composed the score frequently circulate major international festivals. One such film is Happy End (2016), directed by Jana Saska and shown at Cannes under the independent section Quinzaine des Réalisateurs.

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director: Martin Klusák
producer: Jakub Wagner, Martin Kohout
výkonný producent: Květa Chaloupková
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