Helena Třeštíková was born on June 22, 1949 in Prague. Graduated from FAMU, subject documentary film direction. From 1974, she works in professional production, having made over fifty documentary films of varying footage mostly on the themes of human relationships and various social problems (Romeo, Juliet and Children/Romeo, Julie a děti; The Miracle/Zázrak; Two Anniversaries of Jan Zrzavý/Dvě jubilea Jana Zrzavého; Helpline/Linka důvěry, Touch of Light/Dotek světla, Thousand Years of Sobriety/Tisíc let střízlivosti).
In the course of time, she specialized in the time-lapse method, following people’s life stories on long-term basis. For a period of six years, her first series of time-lapse films followed the everyday lives of several young married couples from the moment of their wedding. The film crew visited them regularly, recording their troubles, dreams, efforts, in several cases also crises, divorce, reconciliation.
As a result, the six part television series Marriage Stories/ Manželské etudy (1987) and two feature-length documentary films Out of Love/ Z lásky (1987) and Looking for Ways/ Hledání cest (1988) were made. In 1991, together with her film and sociologist colleagues, Třeštíková established the “Film and Sociology Foundation” with the aim of providing a new perspective of the society after the great political changes. A free cycle of five time-lapse films about the life stories of young delinquents called Tell Me Something about Yourself/ Řekni mi něco o sobě still being made.
In the years 1994-1996, Třeštíková made several portraits of interesting personalities for the Gen, Genus and VIP documentary series (Tomáš Halík, Olbram Zoubek, Lída Rakušanová, Jiřina Šiklová, Karel Čáslavský, Jiří Ruckl). In 1994, together with her husband, publicist Michael Třeštík, Třeštíková founded the “Man and Time Foundation” specializing in time-lapse projects and films reflecting time, its flow and the changes it brings (Rudolf the II and Prague/Rudolf II. a Praha, The Sweet Century/ Sladké století, People, I Love You/Lidé, mám vás rád!, Carmen Story/Carmen story, Something Like Happiness/Určitý způsob štěstí).
In 2001, she finished the first part of the free cycle of time-lapse films Women at the Turn of the Century/ Ženy na přelomu tisíciletí (portraits of opera singer Dagmar Pecková, singer Bára Basiková, young drug addict Katka and Roma intellectual Jarmila Balážová). Recently, she has devoted her attention to the problem of drug addiction (Women and Drugs, Drugs and Women/ Ženy a drogy, drogy a ženy; Trapped In, Trapped Out/ V pasti a stále v pasti). Since the fall of 2002, she works is a pedagogue at the documentary film department and as head of the realization workshop.
In 2007, she was for a brief time culture minister of the Czech Republic.
For her film René, she was awarded by the European Film Academy (EFA) the Prix Arte 2008 in the category of the documentary.
Dvě jubilea Jana Zrzavého (18´, Czechoslovakia, 1976)
Dotek světla (14´, Czechoslovakia, 1979)
Japonská neděle (13´, Czechoslovakia, 1981)
Manželské etudy-TV seriál (6x50´, Czechoslovakia, 1987)
Z lásky (76´, Czechoslovakia, 1988)
Hledání cest (96´, Czechoslovakia, 1988)
Řekni mi něco o sobě - René/ Tell Me Something About Yourself: Rene (60´, Czechoslovakia, 1992)
Řekni mi něco o sobě - Láďa/ Tell Me Something About Yourself: Lada (42´, CZ, 1993)
Kašpar (50´, CZ, 1993)
Sladké hořkosti Lídy Baarové (30´, CZ, 1995)
Vyloučeni z literatury (57´, CZ, 1997)
Sladké století (58´, CZ, 1997)
Lidé, mám vás rád! (56´, CZ, 1998)
Výzva (53´, CZ, 1999)
Člověk a čas 1: Deset let v životě mladého muže (57´, CZ, 1999)
Člověk a čas 2: Výzva (53´,CZ, 1999)
Člověk a čas 3: Určitý způsob štěstí (51´, CZ, 1999)
Carmen Story (52´, CZ, 1999)
Ženy na přelomu tisíciletí-TV seriál (10x55´, CZ, 2000)
V pasti - Katka (58´, CZ, 2001)
Hitler, Stalin a já (56´, CZ, 2001)
Být Romkou (57´, CZ, 2001)
Být Romem (57´, CZ, 2001)
Pavel Tigrid - Evropan (57´, CZ, 2003)
Paměť 20. století: Nebe nad Evropou (56´, CZ, 2003)
Paměť 20. století: Má šťastná hvězda (57´, CZ, 2003)
Obsluhovala jsem Karla Čapka (28´, ĆR, 2003)
Nebe nad Evropou (56´, CZ, 2003)
Když musíš, tak musíš?-TV seriál (10x27´, CZ, 2003)-segment director
Paměť 20. století: Události Pavla Štechy (54´, CZ, 2004)
Paměť 20. století: Nesdělitelné (55´, CZ, 2004)
Nebylo to marný (57´, CZ, 2004)
Manželské etudy po dvaceti letech - TV seriál (6x55´, CZ, 2005)
Marcela (82´, CZ, 2006)
René (90´, CZ, 2008)
Katka (90´, CZ, 2008)
Manzelské Etudy po 20. letech - Ivana a Pavel (Orig.) / 2006 / Czech Republic / 55 min
A twenty-one-year-old machine fitter and a one-year-older shop assistant have created a naturally harmonious, even archetypal model of a partner relationship.
Manzelské Etudy po 20. letech - Ivana a Václav (Orig.) / 2006 / Czech Republic / 57 min
Architecture students Ivana (21) and Vašek (24) never once thought about whether and how family life and professional ambitions were to be combined.
Manželské Etudy po 20. letech - Marcela a Jiří (Orig.) / 2006 / Czech Republic / 58 min
The twenty-year-old couple, a horse farmer and a telephone technician, married for love and even had a double wedding. However, they did not keep the biblical promise “where you go I will go” confirming the church ceremony held after the civil wedding for long.
Manželské Etudy po 20. letech - Zuzana a Stanislav (Orig.) / 2006 / Czech Republic / 57 min
“You and I, that’s who we are…” such were the lyrics of their favourite band Olympic; however, Zuzana and Stanislav never managed to accomplish the “we”.
Manželské Etudy po 20. letech - Zuzana a Vladimír (Orig.) / 2006 / Czech Republic / 54 min
Civil engineers Zuzana (23) and Vladimír (21) wanted to prove that “they can make it” both to themselves and to others. They built their home on their own and tried to fulfil their dreams as well.
Manzelské Etudy po 20. letech - Mirka a Antonín (Orig.) / 2006 / Czech Republic / 61 min
“We wanted to get married anyway and the child only made it quicker”. Perhaps it was too quick; seventeen-year-old Mirka just got apprenticed as a hairdresser while nineteen-year-old Antonín worked as a dispatcher.
Řekni mi něco o sobě - René (Orig.) / 1992 / Czech Republic / 60 min
The unique film cycle "Řekni mi něco o sobě" was started in the spring of 1989 by director H. Třeštíková. Utilizing her exceptional method in which she follows the subjects over a period of time, Třeštíková focuses on the youth correctional facility in Libkovice.