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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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director: Kateřina Dudová
original title: Vykuř!
country: Czech Republic
year: 2019
running time: 24 min.

synopsis

In Czech, “vykuř!” is not only a command but now even an interjection. The film presents an elusive portrait of the ex-structural existence of a poet and modern-day king living outside the system and conventions, yet still moving through all shades of the spectrum of the meaning of this word.

biography

Kateřina Dudová (1987) studied theater directing at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts and is currently a third-year student of the Department of Documentary Film at FAMU. As in the theatre, she applies experimental amateur procedures to her films.

more about film

director: Kateřina Dudová
producer: Ondřej Šejnoha
editing: Jakub Fišer
sound: Alexandra Strapková

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