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DIR: Helena Třeštíková
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.


Director Helena Třeštíková
Screenplay Helena Třeštíková
Dir. of Photography Vlastimil Hamerník, Kristián Hynek, Martin Kubala, Ferdinand Mazurek, Braňo Pažitka, Miroslav Souček, Tomáš Třeštík
Editing Jakub Hejna
Music Tadeáš Věrčák
Sound Václav Hejduk, Stanislav Hruška, Jaroslav Jedlička
Duration 90 min
Year 2009
Country Czech Republic
Colour Colour
Tags long-term observation, portrait, society
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