The film work of Karel Vachek is hard to define or compare; it has to be experienced. The Czech filmmaker and poet of the documentary image has invited viewers to seek the essence of the things around them since the 1960s. With his latest film Communism coming up, we present the complete body of work of the maverick filmmaker.
Karel Vachek started making films in the 1960s during the Czechoslovak New Wave. However, his work was so different from the rest of the movement that it never became its part. His first films Moravian Hellas and Elective Affinities were banned and Vachek had to stop filmmaking until the fall of communism. From the 1990s on, he started creating complex cinematic works characteristic for merging various layers of meaning. While depicting important social events such as the first free election in Czechoslovakia in New Hyperion, his films rather capture the transformation of the society as such.
Karel Vachek’s retrospective includes his 1960s film debut Elective Affinities, his Little Capitalist tetralogy (A New Hyperion, What Is To Be Done?, Bohemia Docta, and Who Will Watch the Watchman?) as well as his later films (Záviš, Obscurantist).
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