Home Master Class 1 – Filip Remunda

Thanks to the new Home Master Class project, the DAFilms portal presents not only documentary films but also documentary filmmakers. The first filmmaker to introduce his films to DAFilms visitors is Czech director and producer Filip Remunda, co-author of Czech Dream and Czech Peace. From March 26, you can stream his lecture and film previews for free.

Filip Remunda (1973) is one of the most remarkable representatives of contemporary Czech documentary film. He has influenced the Czech documentary both as director and producer and as initiator and co-founder of the Institute of Documentary Film; a civil association which has been supporting East European documentary film and its success on the European level for more than 10 years.

He shot his first films on 8mm camera during his travels in India and Iran. He graduated from the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague in documentary film. During his studies, he has been to study stays at the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem and the Zellig Film School in Bolzano.

At FAMU, he met director and cameraman Vít Klusák with whom he made two successful features;Czech Dream and Czech Peace; and co-founded the Hypermarket Film production company.
The two films by the filmmaking duo were well received abroad, primarily in the United States. Czech Dream was the first Czech documentary to enter American theatrical distribution; while Czech Peace was personally introduced by American filmmaker Michael Moore at the Taverse City Film Festival 2010. Moore has said about the film that it was “one of the best documentaries he has seen in the last year“.

Besides Czech Peace and All for the Good of the World and Nošovice! by Vít Klusák, Hypermarket Film also produced the critical hit of the past Czech film season; Solar Eclipse by Martin Mareček set in Africa.

Filip Remunda has directed a dozen of documentary films and received a number of awards, including the best Czech documentary award at Karlovy Vary IFF (Village B), the best Czech documentary award at Jihlava IDFF (Czech Dream), the Pavel Koutecký Award (The Tadpole, the Rabbit and the Holy Ghost), the Grand Prix DMZ Docs South Korea (Czech Peace) and others. In his Master Class, he introduces his documentary method, the background of the making of his films as well as his perspective of the specifics of Czech documentary in European context. Moreover, DAFilms visitors have the unique opportunity to watch practically all of Remunda’s films online.

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