Film Archive

Kids DOK 2018
Fruits of Clouds Kateřina Karhánková

A community of small furry creatures live deep in the forest. Every day they wait and yearn for the golden fruit of the clouds that fall from the sky.

Fruits of Clouds

Animated Film
Czech Republic
2017
10 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Tomáš Michálek, Dagmar Sedláčková
Kateřina Karhánková
Jan Richtr
Kateřina Karhánková
Blanka Klímová
Alžběta Skálová
Kateřina Karhánková
Jan Richtr
A community of small furry creatures live deep in the forest. Every day they wait and yearn for the golden fruit of the clouds that fall from the sky, for without them neither light nor food reaches their burrows! But one day the fruit don’t come. Now great courage is needed: the dark forest must be crossed so the little community can survive.

Marie-Thérèse Antony

My Unknown Soldier

Documentary Film
Czech Republic,
Latvia,
Slovakia
2018
79 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Michal Kráčmer, Sergei Serpuhov
Anna Kryvenko
Andris Dzenitis, Yair Elazar Glotman, David Střeleček
Radka Šišuláková
Daria Chernyak
Anna Kryvenko
Viktor Krivosudský
The Prague Spring, Soviet tanks, the invasion of Warsaw Pact troops, the epoch-making year of 1968: the starting points of a family history between Czechia, Ukraine and Russia. “The occupation translates to a man with a dachshund being entitled to yell at a young girl in a tram because he can’t tell Ukrainian and Russian apart.”

A series of family album photos from which a man was removed sets Anna Kryvenko, a Ukrainian who studies film in Prague, on the trail of her great-uncle: the “unknown soldier”, to whom so many monuments are dedicated that one almost forgets that this sweeping gesture of remembrance refers to concrete faces, names, dates of birth and death, biographies cut short. After some initial hesitation the filmmaker’s family break their silence and gradually the pieces combine to form a new picture in which family and world history intersect.

Fabian Tietke


Nominated for the MDR Film Prize

Nabbin

Documentary Film
Czech Republic,
Israel
2018
30 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Nadav Harel, Kat Tolkovsky
Kat Tolkovsky
Kat Tolkovsky
Kat Tolkovsky
Kat Tolkovsky
Rotem Dror
After years in Israel the filmmaker returns to Nabbin in the Czech Republic, the place where she grew up, and to the people who surrounded her then.

Putin’s Witnesses

Documentary Film
Czech Republic,
Latvia,
Switzerland
2018
107 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Natalya Manskaya, Gabriela Bussmann, Vít Klusák, Filip Remunda
Vitaly Mansky
Kārlis Auzāns
Gunta Ikere
Vitaly Mansky
Anrijs Krenbergs
“The state is like a garden,” says Putin’s old form teacher’s husband, “you have to destroy the weed so that something worthwhile grows.” “We’ll do just that,” the lifetime president-to-be answers almost shyly and leaves his teacher’s flat, which he visited to shoot an advertising clip directed by Vitaly Mansky who, as the country’s leading documentary filmmaker, was allowed to follow and record the campaign. After 18 years of concrete rule by the little man with the strong hands, the long-emigrated director looks back at the fateful year of 2000 and reviews his footage. What he discovers is breathtaking and has the emotionalising power of an almost intimate home video. The Mansky family already dread the new Mao while Yeltsin’s clan is jubilant at first and ex-Tsar Boris even sees his successor Vladimir as the guarantee of real media freedom –later he disgustedly calls the pivotal turn-back “krasnenko” (reddish). Putin himself talks about reasons of state and an autocratic life which he intends to avoid at all costs. Finally, the question whether it was right to reanimate the old Soviet hymn with quasi new lyrics becomes a bone of contention in the duel Putin vs. Mansky. The sad conclusion is that nobody was just a “witness”. Everybody played a part in the many compromises made in hopes of a “better life.”

Barbara Wurm

Repeat

Animated Film
Czech Republic
1995
9 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Dagmar Juráková (Krátký Film Praha)
Michaela Pavlátová
Jiří Chlumecký
Jaroslava Zimová
Gaia Vítková
Michaela Pavlátová
Michaela Pavlátová
Ivo Špalj
Michaela Pavlátová
Relationships. With one’s husband, lover or dog: at some point routine creeps into our interactions. It’s probably in the nature of the thing, or rather of human beings. But if the eternal daily grind becomes unstoppable and the “again and again and again” causes vertigo, stress or anger, a change in rhythm can provide some variety.

Duscha Kistler

The Winter Garden’s Tale

Documentary Film
Czech Republic,
Ukraine
2018
75 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Alex Chepiga, Taras Bosak, Artem Koliubaiev
Simon Mozgovyi
Roman Grygoriv, Elliah Razumeiko
Denis Melnik
Mykola Bazarkin, Simon Mozgovyi
Simon Mozgovyi
Natalya Avramenko, Andrii Nidzelskyi, Michal Pajdiak
For 45 years, all her working life, Valentina Voronina has worked in the greenhouse of the “Exhibition of the Achievements of the National Economy of the Ukrainian Soviet Republic” in Kiev, now the “Expocenter of the Ukraine” and very much in need of renovation. She spends her days in a modest wooden bungalow in the middle of her small empire of plants, not far from the impressive but decaying giant winter garden. Now, in the midst of preparations for the next winter, she’s to go. The management is to be taken over by a landscape architect. But Valentina Voronina refuses to give way. She is convinced that the welfare of the plants depends on her personally. All at once her life’s work, the history of the greenhouse to which the plants bear testimony, is threatened. A film about the end of an era.

Fabian Tietke


Nominated for the MDR Film Prize

Touch Me Not

Documentary Film
Bulgaria,
Czech Republic,
France,
Germany,
Romania
2018
123 minutes
subtitles: 
German

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Bianca Oana, Philippe Avril, Adina Pintilie
Adina Pintilie
Ivo Paunov
George Chiper-Lillemark
Adina Pintilie
Adina Pintilie
Veselin Zografov, Dominik Dolejší, Marek Poledna
The Einstürzende Neubauten are playing “Mela-Mela-Melancholia”, questioning the state of the nation. Between the somnambulistic scenes played out in the border area between documentary and fiction, deep-seated intimacies that concern us all are addressed. The project – the winner of this year’s Golden Bear – is experimental: many of the protagonists are “real”, play themselves; others, like Laura Benson and her fellow actor Tómas Lemarquis, pick up on scripted sketches but let their roles come so close that they penetrate their own lives. They talk about and perform sex, about inhibitions and visions, fears and ways to overcome them. Their goal, the goal of this unusual film: (self) liberation.

The director enters the frame occasionally, sits on the couch with Christian Bayerlein, the “kissability” blogger, or with the transsexual Hanna Hofmann, letting us know that she is taking part, looking at things but resisting voyeurism as the camera floats above a group BDSM session or follows a touch therapy workshop, some of whose participants are physically severely disabled, at close range. She speaks, too, about her own boundaries of shame, far removed from the “Likes”-obsessed narcissistic Social Media egos. A transgressive critique of norms, aesthetically and politically correct (which is a good thing). And extremely bold into the bargain.

Barbara Wurm
Extended Reality: DOK Neuland 2018
VRwandlung – Projekt des Goethe-Instituts Prag Mika Johnson

This VR experience, based on Franz Kafka’s short novel “The Metamorphosis,” opens a metaphorical space that’s otherwise only accessible through our imagination.

VRwandlung – Projekt des Goethe-Instituts Prag

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Czech Republic,
Germany
2018
5 minutes

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Shahid Gulamali
Mika Johnson
Joseph Minadeo
Vojtěch Kiss, Ondřej Slavík
Eli Stine, Justin Evans, Bernd Seliger, Petar Mrdjen
Markéta Mališová (Franz Kafka Society)
Nadja Schultz, Sebastian Soukup, Martin Švarc, Julia Zange, Fozhan Khamsehpour, Julie Josephson, Peter Hosking, Mika Johnson
Mika Johnson
Natalia Peterková
Patrik Michalů (Achtung 4K), Patrik Velek (Achtung 4K)
Vojtěch Jankovský (4Each), Eduard Fischer (4Each)
“When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.” This VR experience, based on Franz Kafka’s short novel “The Metamorphosis,” opens a metaphorical space that’s otherwise only accessible through our imagination. This is where you can experience physically how it feels to be Kafka’s bug.

Lars Rummel, Marie Hinkelmann