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René

DIR: Helena Třeštíková
2008 / Czech Republic / 90 min

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20 years of a life spent mainly in prisons. A man who starts over again and again, fails, becomes a writer and keeps challenging the director constantly.
In 1989, Helena Treštíková starts to film juvenile delinquent René. For almost 20 years, she follows the rhythm of his life, most of which is spent in prisons, interrupted only by brief stretches of freedom. 20 years during which epoch-making social upheavals take place, systems, regimes and governments change – depicted by televised images that reach René’s cell. The immobility and absence of pace “inside” is juxtaposed with a restless “outside”, where René roams squares and train stations and takes trains, without arriving anywhere. It is the filmmaker herself who is the connection between inside and outside, having become the only reliable constant in her protagonist’s life. A contradictory and shifting relationship reflected by René in his letters to Treštíková. Read by him, they add a second level to the film where the filmmaker practically becomes the second character. René, whom she helps to become a successful writer over the years, turns out to be an equal but difficult partner. He demands attention as rigorously as he questions the relationship between filmmaker and protagonist again and again. Her attempts to turn him into the co-author of the film are part of the story. A story of overwhelming power that goes straight to where it hurts.

(Catalogue DOK Leipzig)

About

Director Helena Třeštíková
Screenplay Helena Třeštíková
Dir. of Photography Martin Kubala, Petr Pešek, Stano Slušný, Václav Smolík, Marek Dvorák, Ondrej Belica, Miroslav Soucek, Vlastimil Hamerník
Editing Jakub Hejna
Music Tadeáš Vercák
Sound Vladimír Nahodil, Pavel Sádek, Jan Valouch, Václav Hejduk, Miroslav Šimcík, Štepán Mamula, Daniel Nemec, Zbynek Mikulík, Petr Provazník, Jan Valouch
Duration 90 min
Year 2008
Country Czech Republic
Colour Colour
Tags long-term observation, portrait, prison, social issues, society
Production Česká televize, Negativ, s.r.o.
Česká televize
Address:  Kavčí hory
City:  140 70 Praha 4
Country:  Czech Republic
Web:  www.ceskatelevize.cz
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Phone:  261137106
Fax:  261216628

Negativ, s.r.o.
Address:  Ostrovní 30
City:  110 00 Praha
Country:  Czech Republic
Web:  www.negativ.cz/cz/
Phone:  (+420) 224933755

Distribution AEROFILMS s.r.o, TASKOVSKI FILMS
AEROFILMS s.r.o
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City:  110 00 Praha 1
Country:  Czech Republic
Web:  www.aerofilms.cz
Phone:  +420 224 947 566

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Country:  United Kingdom
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Festivals

13th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival ...

13th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2011, Greece

Awards

IDFF Jihlava 2008


GOLDEN ...

IDFF Jihlava 2008


GOLDEN DOVE (Long Metrage, longer than 45 min) - 51st International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film


The best documentary - Prix ARTE 2008


MDR FILM PRIZE for an excellent Eastern European documentary film - 51st International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film



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