24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
The film follows the lives of fishermen and vacationers who, through community efforts and friendly cooperation, seek to improve the otherwise deserted shores of the South Moravian reservoir Nové Mlýny, whether for a family holiday or leisurely fishing. Due to bureaucratic machinations, however, they are forced to sell off their summer homes and leave this place full of nostalgia and memories for good. Discreetly observational camerawork reveals the ordinary hardships, difficulties and joys of ordinary people and, with humorous insight alternating with melancholy contemplation, recounts the story of the conflict between living human experience and the cold state apparatus.
“’It’s a pity - one beautiful era has come to an end… ’ Fisherman Saša”. J. Zykmund
biographyJiří Zykmund is an artist, photographer, and director. He studied photography at the School of Applied Arts in Brno and cinematography at FAMU in Prague. He often assists in filming documentaries and works with Czech Television. He also taught multimedia design. He was the cameraman for the film I Love My Boring Life, which won the Czech competition at the 2009 Ji.hlava festival.
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