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When students has become a filmmaker: A profile of Lukáš Kokeš


The films by Lukáš Kokeš are a little bit provocative, leaving the viewers in constant uncertainty as to what is authentic in his portraits and what has been constructed by the filmmaker. To be precise, what scenes and situations he has stylized his protagonists into. Kokeš says he likes the viewers‘ constant uncertainty.

Lukáš Kokeš ranks among the expanding group of filmmakers who do not see so-called documentary film as something that is a priori natural, authentic and therefore less manipulable than what is labelled as feature film. On the contrary, he acknowledges and thematizes manipulation in his films. Like his schoolmates from Prague’s FAMU Viera Čakányová and Petr Hátle, he, too wants to approach documentary film as feature film, trying to blur the division lines between these antiquated categories. (Excerpt from an article in Cinepur magazine #85, January 2013).

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