28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Great Sadness
The Great Sadness
The Great Sadness
The Great Sadness
The Great Sadness

The Great Sadness

director: Pavel Štingl
original title: Velký smutek
country: Czech Republic
year: 2023
running time: 52 min.


1953 was a year of great sadness for Czechoslovak citizens. Obligatory mourning intervened in their lives after the deaths of Stalin and Gottwald. Their grief was sincere because of the currency reform, which ruined their lifelong savings. In retrospect, 1953 was the height of social despair.


Pavel Štingl graduated from the Department of Documentary Filmmaking at FAMU. In the early 1990s he started a long series of large political documentaries from the former socialist bloc countries, which were awarded at many festivals. In 1995 he founded his own production company K2, where he produced several documentary series and a number of large-scale co-productions.

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director: Pavel Štingl
producer: Radomír Šofr
script: Pavel Štingl
photography: Miroslav Janek
editing: Kristýna Toupalová
sound: Vladimír Chrastil
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