The summer holiday is a traditional time for us to embark on an adventure in the company of the students of Prague’s FAMU. Are you wondering what the young Czech filmmakers have learned in the past year, who has grown since last year and what themes reverberate in university circles today? Leave it to us and join us on a two-week leave with Prague students who have packed games for the road, postcards (1 CZK a piece), stories from the Balkans and a large dose of experiment in their backpacks.
This year’s expedition is led by young female directors who will safely guide you through the world of student film. Anna Kryvenko, who won an award for the best Czech experimental documentary film at Jihlava IDFF with LISTEN TO THE HORIZON, will take you on a path of courage. Her found footage essay deals with the depiction of war in the media and the absurdity of images from which we are separated by the safe line of our screens. According to the statement of the festival jury, the director has managed to use complex and balanced montage to create a film that has become a genuine witness of its time.
Ondřej Šálek will take you to the Balkans where a free state called Liberland was formed on the border between Serbia and Croatia. Its freedom is symbolized by a chance to avoid paying taxes to the Czech state, however, the path to it is rather difficult. Watch THE EPIC MOVING OF PAVEL SKÁLA TO THE FREE LAND OF LIBERLAND and find out how to look for a tax haven and who it is open to.
Greta Stocklassa will help you write postcards from the trip; in THE STILL LIFE OF VERA, she is searching for the addressee of 254 postcards that ended up at a second hand bookshop for 1 CZK a piece. Can one make a portrait of a person based on a fifty years’ collection of birthday cards and International Women’s Day greetings? Does Vera represent an average person of her time or can we find something unusual under the petals of paper flowers? Greta Stocklassa has revisited the theme of the average in her second short film MEDIUM GREY reflecting on what is black and what is white, what is average vision and who is an average person by exposing human complexion.
If you are searching for fifty shades of grey, look away from MEDIUM GREY and watch the short film STRIP by Kateřina Turečková. In her black-and-white film, the director invites you to the apartment and relationship of two girls, one of whom works as a stripper. Like many other couples, these two young women, too, are trying to find the lost balance between work and personal life, between a paid job and passion.
All you have to do now is pack a snack for your trip with the young faces of Czech film. As soon as the last night of July fades into August 1, we are embarking on a two week adventure whose itinerary has been prepared by the students of Prague’s FAMU. Enjoy your online holiday for free at DAFilms.com!
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