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Pavel Koutecký

Pavel Koutecký

Czech Republic


Pavel Koutecký (born 1956) graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) in 1982; in 1988 and 1991, he went to the study stays at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, UK. In 1982-1989, he worked in the video studio at the Czech Technical University in Prague; from 1990 to 1998, he worked at the Short Film Prague. He cooperated with the Film and Sociology Association (formerly Foundation) on regular basis. Within its production, besides documentary films of his own, he also cooperated on several long-term time-lapse projects (among others Citizen Havel finished by his colleague Miroslav Janek). He was dealing primarily with documentary film, however, experimenting with form also lead him to animated film. He also worked on multimedia projects (Kolotoč Theatre, Theatre of Music). From 1991, he taught at the Department of Documentary film at FAMU as head of one of the creative workshops. His films and videos received multiple awards at Czech as well as international film festivals. For the most part, he made his films in cooperation with cameraman Stano Slušný. Pavel Koutecký suffered a tragic death on April 13, 2006 while finishing his latest film. As a tribute, the annual Pavel Koutecký Award is presented to documentarists, “patient observers of the world able to share their feelings and insight in film”.


Maximalisté v mikrosvětě (20´, Czechoslovakia, 1985)
Oj, to byl boj! (7´, Czechoslovakia, 1992)
Zánik Československa v parlamentu (75´, CZ, 1993)
Kde byl Bill aneb partnerství pro jazz/ American In Prague Or Partnership For Jazz (28´, CZ, 1994)
Po letech 1989-1994/ The Years After, 1989-1994 (70´, CZ, 1994)
Drahý mistře (60´, CZ, 1996)
Do života (58´,CZ, 1997)
Vzpomínám, vzpomínáš, vzpomínáte? (59´, CZ, 1998)
... až na věky (14, CZ, 1998)
Kde je pravda? (57´, CZ, 1999)
Chilský deník (5x29´, CZ, 1999)
Žít jako Dán (28´, CZ, 2000)
Islandská paměť (57´, CZ, 2000)
Bornholm mimo sezónu (29´, CZ, 2000)
Hledači pevného bodu (120´, CZ, 2001)
Velká voda (56´, CZ, 2003)
Bahenní lázně (14´, CZ, 2003)
Proměny Pražského hradu (40´, CZ, 2004)
Pojď blíž, cukrátko (Česko-jihoafrické sny) (59´, CZ, 2005)
Pavel Koutecký News (150´, CZ, 2005)
Každý rok je v Praze jaro, každý rok je Pražské jaro/ It’s spring in Prague every year, It’s the Prague Spring every year. Opus No. 1 (58´, CZ, 2008)
Pot a slzy Pražského jara ( Opus 2 )/ Sweat and Tears - The Making of The Prague Spring.Opus No.2 (58´, CZ, 2006)
Psáno pro Pražské jaro opus III./ Written For Prague Spring, Opus 3 (57´, CZ, 2007)
Občan Havel/ Citizen Havel (119´, CZ, 2007)


American In Prague Or Partnership For Jazz

Kde byl Bill aneb partnerství pro jazz (Orig.) / 1994 / Czech Republic / 28 min

The jazz evening took place in the Reduta club in Prague on the 10th of Januay 1994 during which American President Bill Clinton performed on the saxophone with top Czechoslovak jazz musicians.



Amici - Dancing With Friends

Amici, tanec s přáteli (Orig.) / 1993 / Czech Republic / 30 min

Amici is a London dance group formed from the mentally and physically handicapped as well as so- called "normal" people. Each member of the group lives his or er own life, they meet once a week, in order to enrich the lives of the others, so that they come to know one another and experience joy from common creative activities.



Citizen Havel

Občan Havel (Orig.) / 2007 / Czech Republic / 120 min

Begun in 1992 and stemming from a chain of historical events all wedded to the person of Václav Havel, director Pavel Koutecký set out to render a portrait of the first president of Czech Republic.



Four Velvet Men Then and Now (3/4) - Jan Ruml

Evoluce 4 z revoluce (3/4) - Jan Ruml (Orig.) / 2010 / Czech Republic / 57 min

Portraits of 4 personalities of the Velvet Revolution captured within the span of twenty years...



Four Velvet Men Then and Now (1/4) - Michael Kocab

Evoluce 4 z revoluce (1/4) - Michael Kocáb (Orig.) / 2010 / Czech Republic / 57 min

Portraits of 4 personalities of the Velvet Revolution captured within the span of twenty years...



Four Velvet Men Then and Now (2/4) - Martin Mejstrik

Evoluce 4 z revoluce (2/4) - Martin Mejstřík (Orig.) / 2010 / Czech Republic / 57 min

Portraits of 4 personalities of the Velvet Revolution captured within the span of twenty years...



Four Velvet Men Then and Now (4/4) - Krystof Rimsky

Evoluce 4 z revoluce (4/4) - Kryštof Rímský (Orig.) / 2010 / Czech Republic / 57 min

Portraits of 4 personalities of the Velvet Revolution captured within the span of twenty years...



It's Spring in Prague Every Year/It's the Prague Spring Every Year, Opus No. 1

Každý rok je v Praze jaro, každý rok je Pražské jaro. Opus I (Orig.) / 2005 / Czech Republic / 58 min

Two clarinet players, one Czech and one Israeli, first sing to one another over the phone and then send each other emails with photographs of their concert gowns...



Oh, What a Struggle It Was!

Oj, to byl boj! (Orig.) / 1992 / Czech Republic / 7 min

In this playful experimental film, documentary maker and animator Pavel Koutecký captures Prague during campaigning for the first free elections in 1990.



Oooh! We've Got It Made

Ó my se máme (Orig.) / 1990 / Czech Republic / 10 min

The atmosphere on the streets of Prague during the period 29. 12. - 31. 12. 1989 - the first election of Vaclav Havel as President...



Sweat and Tears - The Making of The Prague Spring.Opus No.2

Pot a slzy Pražského jara. Opus 2 (Orig.) / 2006 / Czech Republic / 58 min

The documentary Pot a slzy Pražského jara (The Sweat and Tears of the Prague Spring Festival), subtitled Opus 2, is the last completed film by the late director Pavel Koutecký. It captures two contrasting worlds: the story of young musicians starting out is intertwined with portraits of world-renowned masters.



The End of Czechoslovakia in Parliament

Zánik Československa v parlamentu (Orig.) / 1993 / Czech Republic / 75 min

This film captures the events which took place in the early 1990's in the famous building between the museum and theatre. The film gradates with each parliament session until the funeral feast for the federation at the end.



The Sportsman

O sportovci (Orig.) / 1994 / Czech Republic / 11 min

Approximately 250 photographs by Roman Sejkot of a mentally handicapped swimmer which are wonderfully animated by the film's director...



The Years After, 1989-1994

Po letech 1989-1994 (Orig.) / 1994 / Czech Republic / 70 min

Another in the series of films in which the director interviews several people who were involved in the social developments after 1989.

How have they changed? What have they changed? Jan Ruml, Michael Kocáb, Marta Kubišová andMartin Mejstřík during the five years after 1989.


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Written for Prague Spring. Opus 3

Psáno pro pražské jaro. Opus 3 (Orig.) / 2007 / Czech Republic / 58 min

Opus Three - The final part of Pavel Koutecký's trilogy of Prague Spring is made up of two compositions specially created for the festival.



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