Scene from the film Ceiling
Scene from the film Ceiling
Scene from the film Ceiling


  • Czech Republic
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A medium-length 1962 student graduation film made during Věra Chytilová’s time studying film directing at Prague’s FAMU academy. It sees Chytilová return to the familiar world of modelling, having herself briefly worked in this profession. The protagonist of the story is Marta, who works as a mannequin and appears to be contented. But a chance meeting with a former medical student colleague – Marta having dropped out of the course – exposes a figurative “ceiling” which boxes in the young woman’s comfortable and successful existence. To a certain extent, the character of Marta mirrors the reality of the woman portraying her – non-actress Marta Kaňkovská. But the story is chiefly a fictional one, and its primary focus is Chytilová’s favourite theme, namely emancipation. For many of the female characters in Chytilová’s films battle, often in vain, to extricate themselves from an existential stereotype. This documentary-style film also features a number of future celebrities of the Czechoslovak New Wave film scene, including fellow FAMU students Jiří Menzel and Miloš Forman.

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  • Original title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Věra Chytilová
  • Cast
    Marta Kaňovská, Julián Chytil, Jaroslav Satoranský, Josef Abrhám, Ladislav Mrkvička, Jiří Menzel, Bob Adjali, Beyene Afework, Ludmila Píchová, Soňa Neumannová, Helga Čočková, Miloš Forman, Věra Uzelacová, Jiří Brdečka, Waldemar Matuška, Miloš Kopecký, Vla
  • DOP
    Jaromír Šofr
  • Editing
    Antonín Zelenka
  • Music
    Jan Klusák
  • Duration
    41 min (31-45 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
  • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Distribution
      • Národní filmový archiv
      • Malešická 12
      • 130 00 Praha 3
      • Czech Republic
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  • Awards
    • Cena Mezinárodního svazu filmových klubů, 9. západoněmecké dny krátkého filmu Oberhausen
    • Cena ministra kultury, Studentský filmový festival „Cinestudio 1963“ Amsterdam
    • Čestné uznání, 7. mezinárodní filmový festival Londýn
    • Zvláštní uznání, 5. mezinárodní festival dokumentárních a experimentálních filmů Montevideo
    • I. cena, 8. světový festival mládeže a studentstva Helsinki is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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