Film Archive

A Hole in the Head

Documentary Film
Czech Republic,
Slovakia
2016
92 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Barbara Janišová Feglová
Robert Kirchhoff
Miroslav Tóth
Juraj Chlpík
Jan Daňhel
Robert Kirchhoff
Václav Flégl
A small art gallery somewhere in Serbia which exhibits only works by Roma. Is Clinton not Roma, too? The gallery owner isn’t certain. But Antonio Banderas is Roma, and Yul Brynner. They just don’t have the courage to admit it. This touching scene of cultural self-assurance is part of a narrative about the Roma Holocaust which has been almost completely erased from European memory and whose traces the director follows meticulously. A film against forgetting.

We meet people from France, Serbia, Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland who got caught up in the Nazi murder machine as children. Rita was less than three weeks old when SS doctors performed horrible experiments on her in a Würzburg hospital. Her twin sister died, she survived with a “hole in the head”. Raymond, 90 years old, an extremely alert Roma, reminds us that it was the French Gendarmerie who herded them together, not the Germans. Today, the same police enter his caravan without a search warrant to arrest three of his sons because they came to his aid. So what has changed? A question that arises at every stop of this commemorative journey and forces us to take a stand and get rid of ideological garbage.

Matthias Heeder


Nominated for MDR Film Prize
Kids DOK 2016
Deep in Moss Filip Pošivač, Barbora Valecká

Aided by the two elves Josephine and Bertie a water nymph who can’t sing discovers her true strength: storytelling.

Deep in Moss

Animated Film
Czech Republic
2015
26 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Pavla Janoušková Kubečková
Filip Pošivač, Barbora Valecká
Matej Portes
Václav Fronk
Lucie Haladová
Barbora Valecká
Iva K. Jestřábová
Martin Blauber
Aided by the two elves Josephine and Bertie a water nymph who can’t sing discovers her true strength: storytelling.

H*ART ON

Documentary Film
Czech Republic
2016
73 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Miroslav Novák
Andrea Culková
BAZEL
Lukáš Milota
Thomas Ernst
Despina Kannaourou
Andrea Culková, Thomas Ernst
Petr Čechák
An artist’s life can only be comprehended from another artist’s perspective, because their biographies all tend to be lies, the Czech writer Milada Součková believed. Andrea Culková approaches the life and works of Součková’s husband Zdeněk Rykr (1900-1940) from the perspective of contemporary artists and Rykr experts in the Czech Republic, Japan and France as well as through archive material. Rykr’s graphic heritage consists mainly of the design of Orion chocolate – his commercial work was successful very early on. Aside from such commissions, however, he got very little recognition as an avant-garde artist who anticipated many developments in 1960s conceptual art.

A search for clues, this many-voiced collage film compiles programmatic, proclamatory and provoking acts and statements by different persons. The field of tension between artistic expression, provocation, lifestyle and commercialism is still an important issue for artists and curators today. It’s found in the flat of a Czech artists’ couple, at the margins of Art Basel, in preparations for an exhibition in Japan … What unites them all is the exploration of the human body and (one’s own) mortality.

Nadja Rademacher


Nominated for MDR Film Prize

Normal Autistic Film

Documentary Film
Czech Republic
2016
92 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Jan Macola (Mimesis Film)
Miroslav Janek
Miroslav Janek
Tonička Janková
Miroslav Janek
Matěj Němec, Daniel Němec
One of the most amazing lines of dialogue in this very intimate portrait of young people with Asperger’s Syndrome is: “Aren’t autistic people sort of aliens, too? They think all the time.” Miroslav Janek followed several “Aspies” over a period of two years and discovered a fairytale world: hyper, obsessed, annoying, artistic, melancholy, weird. Full of self-hatred, too, when 14-year-old Majda furiously belts out her depressed Rap as she stomps through the village.

The film’s drive comes from the Aspies’ unique energy. The camera works mainly with close-ups, creating a surprising willingness in the audience to follow these strange people into their world. Strange from the point of view of a majority who determines what’s allowed and what isn’t to reaffirm its own “normality” or “mental health”. Which describes the challenge the young protagonists have to face every day: existing in an environment that doesn’t see, feel, think or perceive as they do. Miroslav Janek and Tonička Janková, to whose editing the film owes its remarkably light touch, translate this attitude to life into a great poetic tale about the beauty of being different.

Matthias Heeder


Nominated for MDR Film Prize, Young Eyes Film Award