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Jana Ševčíková

Jana Ševčíková

Czech Republic

Biography

With films that reflect on life in contemporary Eastern Europe, Czech filmmaker Jana Ševcíková has distinguished herself as a practitioner of poetic documentary. A graduate of the Prague Film Academy, her thesis film, Piemule (1984), offers a frank examination of Czech émigrés in Romania during the final years of Ceausecu‘s totaltitarian regime. She has produced films independently, such as Jakub (1992), and received state funding from the Czech Ministry of Culture. Her films have been shown at festivals in Berlin, Strasbourg, Karlovy Vary and Cracow. Praised throughout Europe, Ševčíková‘s intimately crafted works challenge the distanced conventions of ethnographic filmmaking.


Filmography:
Opři žebřík o nebe / Lean a Ladder against Heaven (100', CZ, 2014)
Gyumri (68', CZ, 2008)
Svěcení jara/ The Rite of Spring (55', CZ, 2002)
Starověrci/ Old Believers (46', CZ, 2001)
Jakub/ Jakub (40', CZ, 1993)
Piemule/ Piemule (43', CS, 1984)
Světské děti (19', CS, 1981)

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Gyumri

Gyumri (Orig.) / 2008 / Czech Republic / 68 min

In 1988, an earthquake killed at least 25.000 people in the Armenian city of Gyumri, a third of them children. Jana Ševčíková explores life after and with the disaster, meets survivors and their children.

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Jakub

Jakub (Orig.) / 1992 / Czech Republic / 63 min

A documentary about Ruthenians living in Romania and in the Czech republic.

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Lean a Ladder Against Heaven / CS version

Opři žebřík o nebe / česká verze (Orig.) / 2014 / Czech Republic / 101 min

Marian Kuffa is a priest in a small village of Zakovce in Slovakia. At his presbytery he cares for the homeless, former prisoners, boys and girls from orphanages, the handicapped and abused mothers with children. Altogether, the priest has hosted almost two hundred people. Some die, some are born, people come and go...

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Lean a Ladder Against Heaven / EN version

Opři žebřík o nebe / anglická verze (Orig.) / 2014 / Czech Republic / 101 min

Marian Kuffa is a priest in a small village of Zakovce in Slovakia. At his presbytery he cares for the homeless, former prisoners, boys and girls from orphanages, the handicapped and abused mothers with children. Altogether, the priest has hosted almost two hundred people. Some die, some are born, people come and go...

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Piemule

Piemule (Orig.) / 1983 / Czech Republic / 43 min

A documentary film about a Czech minority living in Romania. The film was made in 1981 - 1983 during the totalitarian regime of Nicolae Caucescu.

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The Old Believers

Starověrci (Orig.) / 2001 / Czech Republic / 47 min

This film, made over a period of five years, documents the life of strongly religious people living in the Danube Delta region of Romania.

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The Rite of Spring

Svěcení jara (Orig.) / 2002 / Czech Republic / 52 min

This film came into being on a farm in the village of Hakushu, Min Tanaka's home. Min Tanaka is a very distinctive personality of Japanese alternative theatre in which the mind questions the tongue and so the body becomes the tongue.

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