“My work has two strands: the first one deals with direct political images of violence, aggression and protest, mostly in Israeli-Palestinian context. It’s critique of news media, researching the complex, both realistic and surrealistic aspects of these images. The second strand of videos is more abstract and universal, dealing with cognitive, environmental and existential issues,” says the director about his works.
Katka // Katka (Orig.)
2009 / Czech Republic / 90 min
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“You bet on someone in the beginning of the process and then you wait and see what life does with them.” This is how Czech director Helena Trestikova explains her long-term documentaries. Following on from the European Film Academy Award winning RENE (2008), Trestikova brings us KATKA – 14 years in the life of a drug addict. KATKA is an extraordinarily raw and uncensored character portrait of a troubled young woman living on the edge of human existence, desperately searching for love and salvation. Will she find it in the rehab? Will she find it in the arms of the man she loves? Or in the first cry of her long-desired baby? Tagging along with her through the back streets and squalors of Prague, Trestikova gets deep under the skin of a person most of us would cross the road to avoid, and shows us Katka’s profoundly human face. You might be angry with Katka, or your heart may go out to her. One thing is certain – you will never forget her.
|Dir. of Photography||Vlastimil Hamerník, Kristián Hynek, Martin Kubala, Ferdinand Mazurek, Braňo Pažitka, Miroslav Souček, Tomáš Třeštík|
|Sound||Václav Hejduk, Stanislav Hruška, Jaroslav Jedlička|
|Tags||long-term observation, portrait, society|
|Production||Česká televize, Negativ, s.r.o.|
|Distribution||AEROFILMS s.r.o, TASKOVSKI FILMS|
IDFA 2010, The Netherlands ...
IDFA 2010, The Netherlands
MoMa - Museum of Modern Art, Documentary fortnight 2011, New York, USA
DocPoint Helsinki 2011, Finland
DocTape Award - RIDM 2010, Canada
MFF Karlovy Vary 2010
IFF Pusan 2010, South Korea
Goteborg Film Festival 2011, Sweden
Haifa 2011, Israel
One world 2011, Czech Republic
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, 2011, USA
13th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2011, Greece
33rd Moscow International Film Festival 2011, Russia
Docudays UA 2012, Ukraine
Editing Award - RIDM 2010 ...
Editing Award - RIDM 2010, Canada
Best Documentary 2010 - Czech Film Critics Awards, Czech Republic
Anasy Documentary Awards 2010, United Arab Emirates
Czech Lion Award for Best Documentary Film - Czech Film Critics Award, Czech Republic 2011
Honourable Mention - 11th goEAST Film Festival, 2011, Germany
Association of Czech Film Clubs (ACFK) Annual Award for Best Documentary Film - Finále Plzeň - Festival of Czech Films 2011, Czech Republic
Onion Award for the Best Film in the International Competition - MakeDox 2011, Macedonia