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Winter portion of documentary films

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For 3.99 euro, you can get a selection of 8 documentaries that entered Czech cinematic distribution in 2016 as well as access to another 1500 films from around the world. Dear friends, please, do not forget that you can give an ideal present not only to your intellectual friends but also to yourselves.


The ever-growing portion of the film gems of 2016 presented at DAFilms.com includes star-studded and popular films such as Doomed Beauty by Helena Třeštíková and the brand new documentary gangster film Helena’s Law by Petra Nesvačilová. “We wanted to give space both to big names and talented debutants,” explains Diana Tabakov, curator of documentary films at DAFilms.com. The special gift selection of the online documentary cinema thus offers both films by established filmmakers (e.g. Steam on the River by Filip Remunda and Robert Kirchhoff) and by talented debutants (The Dangerous World of Doctor Doleček by Kristýna Bartošová and The Czech Way by Martin Kohout. “They are films that are currently premiered in Czech cinemas or are no longer in distribution, however, we know that viewers are still interested in them,” adds Tabakov.

DAFilms.com is a portal for the online distribution of creative documentary films which has been handpicking the most remarkable films for audiences across the world for 10 years. However, the winter portion of Czech documentary films is aimed primarily at Czech audiences. “Each year, about fifteen Czech documentaries enter Czech distribution. Through our special offer, we present the essence of the best and most essential films made in this creative field in the Czech Republic in one place,” says the team of DAFilms.com. Interestingly, the overwhelming majority of these films are portraits. “This year, the documentarists have dealt primarily with personalities fighting a battle between good and evil, which is the case with Doomed Beauty and Helena’s Law,” says Tabakov, adding that the filmmakers also look back at the recent past which they explore through strong characters. “We can see that in films such as Rino and The Dangerous World of Doctor Doleček. However, I’m not saying that it is a new trend in documentary. The local films are diverse and so are their makers. Our selection presents filmmakers who have found their method as well as those we want to support on their future path,” concludes the international expert.

The virtually tangible gift package of documentary films will also include the multi-portrait Is Everyone Right? Karel Floss and the Others by Helena Všetečková after its premiere at Prague’s Famufest. “Interestingly, the festival has been dominated by documentaries this year. Out of 25 competition films, 8 are documentary films, out of which 3 are feature-length films. These include Helena’s Law,” explains the film’s producer Mikuláš Novotný. Documentaries simply attract both viewers and filmmakers, also thanks to their interest in news coverage. That is why the popular online documentary cinema DAFilms.com offers a free stream of Květa Přibylová’s Traces, Fragments, Roots to all documentary fans. Enjoy!


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Doomed Beauty

Zkáza krásou (Orig.) / 2015 / Czech Republic / 95 min

Film Doomed Beauty can be seen as a probe into the life of an extraordinary woman and a description of how a person can be doomed by dramatic events dealt by fate. Lida Baarova was a famous film star in Czechoslovakia in the 1930s and 1940s. Her dramatic fate was significantly shaped by the fact that she lived in Europe in the 20th century...

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The Czech Way

Česká cesta (Orig.) / 2015 / Czech Republic, Slovakia / 92 min

Feature documentary film The Czech Way tells a story of Czechoslovak economic transformation of the 90s. This transformation took place in the period, when the Czech and Slovak nationhood were established, so it was presented as the key to the transformation of totalitarian society into a democratic one, and on the other side, publicly understood mainly as a process of wealth redistribution from the stay to the people...

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The Dangerous World of Doctor Doleček

Nebezpečný svět Rajka Dolečka (Orig.) / 2015 / Czech Republic / 75 min

Kristýna Bartošová has approached the genre of documentary film portraits as a battlefield. This director, who has Bosnian roots, chose to film the story of the Czech doctor Rajko Doleček, who is a very enthusiastic defender of Ratko Mladić, the Serbian general accused of war crimes in the former Yugoslavia...

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Under The Sun

V paprscích slunce (Orig.) / 2015 / Czech Republic, Germany, Latvia, North Korea, Russia / 105 min

Over the course of one year, this film follows the life of an ordinary Pyongyang family whose daughter was chosen to take part in one of the famous Korean “Spartakiads”. The ritualised explosions of colour and joy contrast sharply with pale everyday reality, which is not particularly terrible, but rather quite surreal, like a typical life as seen “through the looking glass”...

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Steam on the River

Pára nad řekou (Orig.) / 2015 / Czech Republic, Slovakia / 83 min

Like the steam that silently appears and then disappears over a flowing river, the life of every human is just as fleeting, and this particularly applies in the case of artists...

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Helena's Law

Zákon Helena (Orig.) / 2016 / Czech Republic / 77 min

Documentary filmmaker Petra Nesvačilová’s study of the famous “Berdych Gang” focuses on police officer Helena Kahnová, but she also interviews other actors in the case, including the accused and the convicted. The resulting film is a mosaic that says less about the case or its background than it does about the people who exist on the edge of the law, and about their thoughts and motivations...

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Traces, Fragments, Roots

Stopy, střepy, kořeny (Orig.) / 2016 / Czech Republic / 24 min

A museum of rotting apples, a Christmas tree shedding its needles, a splintered tree trunk, maggots crawling over a honeycomb… The sound of a falling apple hitting the ground, speech classes, Christian sermons, the baaing of sheep…

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Is Everyone Right? Karel Floss and the Others.

Všichni mají pravdu? Karel Floss a ti druzí. (Orig.) / 2015 / Czech Republic / 125 min

A multi-portrait of the history of post-1989 Czech ideas and sensibilities, centered around left-wing Christian philosopher Karel Floss. Circling his ideas on God, truth, and politics like satellites are statements by strongly antithetical individuals including Milan Knížák, Ondřej Slačálek, Noam Chomsky, and Czech nationalist thinkers...

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Girl Power

Girl Power (Orig.) / 2016 / Czech Republic / 90 min

Girl Power is a documentary that presents female graffiti writers from fifteen cities – from Prague to Moscow, Cape Town, Sydney, Biel, Madrid, Berlin, Toulouse, Barcelona and all the way to New York. The graffiti community is predominantly a man's world, and men often share the view that graffiti – namely the illegal kind – is not for girls...

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