Jan Gogola was born in 1971. He is a director, script editor and lecturer at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). Gogola studied journalism at Charles University and documentary film at FAMU. Formerly commissioning editor for Czech TV he has recently resumed filmmaking career as a director. As a script editor Gogola has been involved in the making of numerous documentaries, e.g., Czech Dream (dir. Filip Remunda, Vít Klusák); 66 Seasons (dir. Peter Kerekes); Cooking History (dir. Peter Kerekes); Lost Holiday (dir. Lucie Králová); Private Century (dir. Jan Šikl), and others. His film The Diary of Grandmother Němcová was awarded the first prize at FAMU film festival, Prague in 2000. His latest film I Love My Boring Life was awarded as the Best Czech Documentary at Jihlava IDFF. Further on, Jan Gogola Jr. is author of a number of reviews, articles and essays, he published his text The Death of Documentary Film (Borders in Film, NFA 1999).
Vila Inocent (29´, CZ, 1996)
Nonstop (100´, CZ, 1999)
Deník babičky Němcové (28´, CZ, 1999)
Slečna Braník (20´, CZ, 2000)
Panelák je kamarád (20´, CZ, 2000)
Ave Braník (20, CZ, 2000)
Panenka proti zbytku světa (29´, CZ, 2001)
Národ sobě aneb České moře v 18 přílivech (89´, CZ, 2003)
Přes hranice/ Über die Grenze - Fünf Ansichten von Nachbarn (131´, Austria, 2004) - segment director
Mám ráda nudný život (26´, CZ, 2009)
Breathless: Nadvláda okamžiku/Breathless: Dominance of the Moment (163', Germany/CZ, 2009)
Rock života/A Catapult of Fate (86', CZ, 2011)
Král nic nedělá (60', CZ, 2012)
Kateřina Šedá: Jak se dělá mýtus (90', CZ, 2013)
František of his own kind (26', CZ, 2014)
Excursion (80', CZ/SK, 2015)
Mám ráda nudný život (Orig.) / 2009 / Czech Republic / 26 min
The diary of a grandmother from the Prague neighbourhood of Zbraslav as a diary of eternity. Using informal language, for five years grandmother Alena Němcová from Zbraslav has been writing down weather forecasts, dreams, her morning exercises, cooking, everyday house bustle, global events as well as notes concerning relationships, religion and the general spirit of the times – matters of a private, family, social, real and also surreal nature...
Národ Sobě (Orig.) / 2003 / Czech Republic / 89 min
Deník babičky Němcové (Orig.) / 1999 / Czech Republic / 26 min
The Diary of Grandmother Němcová is an illustrated portrait of an old lady's diary. Excerpts from the diary are read by her relatives, acquaintances and also, among others, Ladislav Špaček, the spokesman of former President Václav Havel.