28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Through the eye of the needle
Through the eye of the needle
Through the eye of the needle

Through the eye of the needle

director: Jan Mesany
original title: Uchem jehly
country: Czech Republic
year: 2022
running time: 6 min.


The protagonist of the film is Pavel, a pensioner who keeps hoarding things in his apartment. Pavel is convinced of the value of his collection although he doesn’t actually know it. The film is a meditation on the issue of hoarding and the need to own things in general. The filmmaker enhances the image with the help of rotoscoping, intensifying the emptiness of the captured space.

“I figured out I’m my own worst enemy. To fight your own self is the hardest.” — Pavel, the protagonist


Jan Mesany works primarily as a sound designer. He graduated from the Department of Sound at the Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) and worked briefly as a graphic designer for Seznam.cz. Since 2019 he has been working as a freelancer. He has collaborated on films such as Dcera (Daughter; 2019) and M E Z E R Y (S P A C E S; 2020).

more about film

director: Jan Mesany
producer: Ondřej Šejnoha, Denisa Jánská
script: Jan Mesany, Lukáš Janičík
editing: Lukáš Janičík
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Creative Europe Media
Česká televize
Český rozhlas