The Train to Moscow chronicles the end of an era and the end of a dream through the eyes of Sauro Ravaglia, an amateur film-maker, barber and communist...
In August 1991 a failed coup d'état attempt (known as Putsch) led by a group of hard-core communists in Moscow, ended the 70-year-long rule of the Soviets. The USSR collapsed soon after, and the tricolour of the sovereign Russian Federation flew over Kremlin...
A film which hovers on the edge of documentary and fiction as it describes the efforts of certain individuals to rise up against the former regime. Stano, Fero and Vladimír were once branded as criminals yet, from today’s perspective, we look upon their often comical actions as expressions of a courage that was extremely rare amid the homogeneous mass of normalisation society.
What is it like to see the world through someone else’s eyes?
Awarded the BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM UNDER 30 MINUTES at 41st Karlovy Vary IFF.
Toponymy is the discipline that studies the etymological origin of place names. A series of towns founded by the military government during the mid-70s to eliminate the guerrilla groups that operated in Argentina.
The film consists of atmospheric and personal memories, supplemented with slides and photographs, coloured drawings and interviews. "Atmospheric" because the filmmaker hardly knew her father, they were separated in the second World War, when she was three and a half years old...
The story of our sad hero Eduard Kirchberger begins during the era of the First Czechoslovak Republic. Although he was not an actor, Eduard played different characters throughout his life. Karel Fabián (one of Kirchberger’s pseudonyms) changed with the world around him and did so to such an extent that his own daughters are unable to differ between the real memories of their father and those based just on his books...
Some sixty years ago, a man went missing for four years. He returned back a changed man carrying along a painful secret. He later built his family’s life around this unspoken of secret. Talking about the past was forbidden in the family...
Warsaw, Poland, end of the Seventies. Following the workers’ revolt against the rise of prices violently repressed by the communist power, a group of opponents create the KOR (Workers’ Defense Committee)...
An analytical type of documentary film about the life philosophy and work of the historian Ján Mlynárik (1933 – 2012) in the context of social and political developments in the former Czechoslovakia with its influence on today.
Životopisný film Století Miroslava Zikmunda přináší osobitý pohled na bouřlivé dějiny dvacátého století očima muže, který poznal celý svět...
Only a moment ago, 19-year-old medical student Ludmilla Cervanova had smiled into the camera. Her body was found in a river in a small Slovak town in 1976. Seven men were responsible for the horrifying rape and death of the girl. Fortunately, the perpetrators were apprehended and condemned. But though Ludmilla was drowned alive, oddly enough no signs of violence could be found on the body...
A documentary about the life stories of Czech catholic writers and poets who were unjustly sentenced in trials fabricated by the communist regime in Czechoslovakia in the 1950s. They were Zdeněk Rotrekl, Václav Renč, Josef Kostohryz, Václav Prokůpek and Jan Zahradníček. They were sentenced for life or received long sentences, were imprisoned, heavily interrogated and tortured. The hard times are recollected by the very authors, their families and friends.
Heda Margolius-Kovaly’s fate is a story that sounds stranger than fiction.
Using archive footage and the recollections of Czech airmen and their wives, Helena Třeštíková pays tribute to their heroism and recalls how they were "rewarded" for this by the communist regime...
A portrait of Pavel Tigrid, a Czech journalist and author. The film was made during the last days of his life.
A film about Prague’s secret church during the totalitarian regime and after the revolution, describing its activities and confrontations with the state power. An interesting and thrilling history of good and evil, courage of the individual actors, the moral stance of people in extreme situations when exposed to the pressure of the circumstances. What motivated these people to sacrifice themselves, or, in some cases, even their whole families in the name of their “spiritual belief”?
In the communist Romania we had but a single brand of each basic product: the Relaxa mattress, the Dragasani sneakers, the Pegas bicycle, the Mobra motorcycle, the Fieni bulbs and the Ileana sewing machine were the stars of the Romanian golden era.
Damaged people who tried to escape and failed during the time of the wall, tell their stories.
The film tells us the story of the confrontation between a group of trendy urban artists who are invited to make public art in different villages of one of Portugal’s poorest and most isolated regions: Alentejo.
A short documentary from the Alone Against Evil series dealing with significant personalities from the Moravian-Silesian region whose lives were afflicted by big historical moments.
What does a person imagine when they hear about Cuba? Especially those who have never been to this sea-locked state in the Caribbean basin.
In its catalogue, a Czech travel agency offers a "journey into the unknown", a tour of North Korea. This trip was the second time since 1990 that a group of Czech tourists set foot in North Korea.
A stroke of Butterfly Wings a view into the family background of composer Václav Felix from the 1930’s to 1980’s. It shows the sequence of events and context in which Václav’s politically involved procommunist attitude was formed.
Thi and Trung live in the gorgeous, rice-terraced mountains of Vietnam’s far northwest...
The last documentary shot about famous Czech writer Arnošt Lustig.
Director Olga Sommerová examined the private lives of three Czech women born before WW2, during the time of the first Czechoslovak Republic. Important artists whose work more often wins recognition abroad than at home, the three women radiate energy and wisdom.
A situational dialogue of actresses in a studio. Reading the last speech of Milada Horáková in front of the court, they try to understand her as a woman and a mother.
This is the unique story of a love and hate triangle built around something one cannot see, touch or weigh: radio waves.
Distinguished Czech documentarist Jana Boková, who lives in Argentina, decided for her latest film to find out exactly what the word “exile” means. Her first stop is Prague where, after a period of 40 years, she meets up with a friend from her school days, the philosopher Václav Bělohradský.
History is a mosaic of unrepeatable human destinies. Another part of the the cycle Private Century deals with 40s and 50s of the last century. The source of narration of a life story are private film archives of Šlechtl family.
One quiet morning in 1959, the Romanian National Bank was robbed, like in the American movies.
Memories of eyewitnesses, a portrait of a left-wing intellectual viewed from different angles and illustrated with archive materials and a theatre mis-en-scene.
The film The Tower of Death by Kristina Vlachová is a return to the misery of the 40s and 50s.
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