25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Záviš, the Prince of Pornofolk Under the Influence of Griffith’s Intolerance and Tati’s Mr. Hulot’s Holiday or The Foundation and Doom of Czechoslovakia
director: Karel Vachek
original title: Záviš, kníže pornofolku pod vlivem Griffithovy Intolerance a Tatiho prázdnin pana Hulota aneb Vznik a zánik Československa (1918 – 1992)
country: Czech Republic
running time: 147 min.
A dog’s funeral becomes part of a chain of absurd events including a tomato ketchup battle, a reconstruction of the battle of Austerlitz and a motorbike show. Its common denominator is the commercial interest of sponsors and big buisness, the ambivalent winners of privatization and participants of numerous coruption affairs. Vachek debates corruption and environmental disaster, but insists that there is an alternative. Against the mass of „pseudoevents“ is the independent techno-party CzechTekk, raided by the police despite the fact that it was entirely law-abiding, whose participants are Vachek believes to be the new „unionists“.
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|music:||Milan Závič Smrčka|