The Ferrari Dino Girl / EN version

  • Czech Republic
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After Late Night Talks with Mother and Landscape of My Heart, Jan Němec has come up with another auteur documentary film hovering on the edge of experiment and feature essay. In it he describes the circumstances surrounding his filming of the Soviet invasion on the streets of Prague on 21 August 1968. The four reels of valuable footage, created on his own initiative, had no value in the occupied state: they had to be shown to the world. Together with two friends, the director travelled with the priceless material, containing sixteen minutes of unedited film, to Austria, across what were by then essentially closed borders. The situation was bizarre indeed, the most important players being the "Ferrari Dino girl”, namely a beautiful but unattainable girl called Jana, and the filmmaker’s beloved Fiat 850. Jan Němec again examines the reality of his life in relation to Czech history, where intimate chronicles are inseparably linked with major historical events. He incorporates new film roles (in which he is played by Karel Roden) into the original footage which flew round the world over forty years ago and boasted "bigger audiences than Steven Spielberg”. KVIFF

For Czech version of the film click here.

Supported by the Czech Film Fund.



  • Original title
    Holka Ferrari Dino / EN verze
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Jan Němec
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Jiří Maxa (Vladimír Vízner, Pavel Jech, Urša Žgank, Ferdinand Mazurek, et al.)
  • Editing
    Michal Lánský
  • Music
    Jan Němec
  • Sound
    Ivo Špalj
  • Duration
    68 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
  • Colour
    • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Production
      • JNF 2009 (Jan Němec, Iva Ruszeláková, Hana Jarošová, Eva Kučerová, Jitka Vobořilová aj.)
      • Czech Republic
      • e-mail:
      • Mini Max Films s.r.o.
      • Czech Republic
      • Mouse & Cut
      • Czech Republic
  • Distribution
      • Iva Ruszeláková, Arleta Němcová (Jan Němec - Film)
      • Czech Republic
      • e-mail:
  • Festivals
    • Fresh Film Fest
    • IFF Rotterdam
    • Febiofest
    • Art Film Fest in Trenčianské Teplice
    • Karlovy Vary IFF
    • Letní filmová škola v Uherském Hradišti
    • Festival nad řekou Písek
    • London International Film Festival
    • Film Society of Lincoln Center
    • Jeonju International Film Festival
    • Trieste Film Festival
    • Kino na Granici / Kino na Hranici
    • Der 19. Dresdner Schmalfilmtage
  • Awards
    • Trieste Film Festival - Special Mention


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