René with „Fuck of people“ written on his neck.
René smoking a cigarette and looking into the camera.
René sitting on a chair in the middle of a room.
René posing in front of film posters.
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René - The Prisoner of Freedom

  • Czech Republic
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Documentary filmmaker Helena Třeštíková met René during communism in a juvenile prison. To make the film René (2008), which won the European Film Academy Award for Best Documentary, she watched him with a camera for twenty years. Thanks to the successful film portrait, a prisoner with exceptional intelligence found himself at a crossroads. In René – The Prisoner of Freedom (2021), we follow René's life at a fast pace from the film's premiere to the present, as he tries to avoid prison at all costs. He gets involved in relationships that have a chance to last longer than a few weeks. But how does this coincide with his scathing contempt for people and the system? During the thirteen years that Helena Třeštíková has been watching the hero, René has changed not only physically but also mentally. Can we say that at the age of fifty, he will mature?


  • Original title
    René - Vězeň svobody
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Helena Třeštíková
  • DOP
    David Cysař
  • Editing
    Jakub Hejna
  • Music
    Tadeáš Věrčák
  • Sound
    Richard Müller
  • Duration
    102 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Distribution
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