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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Trabant: There and Back Again
Trabant: There and Back Again
Trabant: There and Back Again
Trabant: There and Back Again
Trabant: There and Back Again
Trabant: There and Back Again
Trabant: There and Back Again

Trabant: There and Back Again

director: Dan Přibáň
original title: Trabantem tam a zase zpátky
country: Czech Republic
year: 2019
running time: 114 min.

synopsis

The great journey around the world comes to an end! Dan Přibáň leads the yellow Trabants on their final cross-continental voyage in style as the yellow circus heads home from India. They cross the Himalayas, breaks altitude records and flees from the police. Even though the going gets tough on more than one occasion, the international Czech-Slovak-Polish crew fights against all the odds with black humor and self-irony.

more about film

director: Dan Přibáň
producer: Jiří Konečný, Věra Krincvajová
script: Dan Přibáň
photography: Zdeněk Krátký
editing: Michal Novák
sound: Petr Kapeller

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section: Czech Television Documentaries
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section: Czech Television Documentaries
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Rozárka and Homeless Cooks

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