27th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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director: Radim Němeček, František Wirth
original title: Tuřín
country: Czech Republic
year: 1996
running time: 2 min.


The silent, stop-motion animation breathes life into a turnip, which resembles Švankmajer's Little Otík, an octopus, or a pole dancer, its green limbs groping the surrounding world. The nostalgic journey of root vegetables in the darkly morbid ending refers to the cycle of birth, life, and death.


František Wirth (1979) is a representative of Czech experimental film of the 1990s (Tuřín and In Nuce). Between 2000–2002 he formed the group Ultra together with Martin Blažíček and Alice Růžičková. He worked on the films Milada, Alois Nebel, and Identity Card.

Radim Němeček is the head of the Department of Chateau Libraries at the National Museum in Prague. He is also the chairman of the educational Ignác Born Society, a part of the National Museum Society. As a member of the Czech Surrealist Group, he has presented his works at many of the group’s exhibitions both in the Czech Republic and abroad. His photography and articles are published in Analogon, Logos and ACTA MUSEI NATIONALIS PRAGAE magazines and journals.

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director: Radim Němeček, František Wirth
script: František Wirth, Radim Němeček
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