Steam on the River

  • Slovakia
  • Czech Republic
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Like the steam that silently appears and then disappears over a flowing river, the life of every human is just as fleeting, and this particularly applies in the case of artists. The transience of their fame is the main topic of this documentary, which provides a glimpse into the lives of three ageing jazzmen: trumpeter Laco Deczi, saxophonist Ľubomír Tamaškovič, and contrabass player Ján Jankeje, who fled from the Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia to the West, where their stars shone alongside those of the world’s famous musicians. The reflective melancholy mood of the film, capturing the mist of fame just before it dissipates, is reflected in the overall relaxed, contemplative rhythm of the narrative.


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  • Original title
    Pára nad řekou
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Filip Remunda, Robert Kirchhoff
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Martin Matiášek, Jakub Halousek, Tomáš Staněk
  • Editing
    Jana Vlčková
  • Sound
    Michal Gábor
  • Duration
    83 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Slovakia
    • Czech Republic
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
      • Hypermarket Film, s.r.o.
      • Osadní 6
      • 170 00 Praha 7
      • Czech Republic
      • tel: +420 222 937 341
      • e-mail:
  • Distribution
      • Bontonfilm a.s.
      • Nádražní 23/344
      • 151 34 Praha 5
      • Czech Republic


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