Films supported by the IDF at Ji.hlava IDFF

23. 10. 2022

Author: Veronika Zýková

Do not miss the films supported by the Institute of Documentary Film at the 26th Ji.hlava IDFF: The Visitors, Museum of the Revolution, The Pawnshop, Darkening, Mara and more.

Opus Bonum, Czech Joy
The Investigator
dir. Viktor Portel, prod. Hana Blaha Šilarová, CZ, HR
East Doc Platform 2022

Former Czech investigator of the Hague Tribunal returns to Balkans, to places where the war crimes were committed nearly 30 years ago. Can justice be brought from the outside?

Friday 28. 10. 2022, 17:00 Kino DKO I
Saturday 29. 10. 2022, 12:00 Kino Dukla – Edison

Czech Joy
Adam Ondra: Pushing the Limits
dir. Petr Záruba, Jan Šimánek, prod. Alice Tabery, IT, CZ
East Doc Platform 2019

Adam Ondra ranks among the best sport climbers in the world, demonstrating breathtaking hand-feet coordination whilst scaling natural rocks and artificial walls. Shot over the course of three years, this documentary follows Adam Ondra as he gets ready for the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Wednesday 26. 10. 2022, 10:30 Kino Dukla – Edison
Thursday 27. 10. 2022, 14:30 Kino DKO I
Sunday 30. 10. 2022, 18:00 Kino Dukla – Reform

Czech Joy
Pongo Calling
dir. Tomáš Kratochvíl, prod. Radim Procházka, David Evans, Barbara Janišová Feglová, CZ, SK, GB
East Doc Platform 2020

Štefan Pongo and his family left the Czech Republic for Britain to escape racial stereotypes and discrimination. To have a normal life. And they did—that is, until he decided to respond on the internet to the racist rhetoric of Czech President Miloš Zeman. The truck driver’s fate then took a major turn.

Wednesday 26. 10. 2022, 17:00 Kino Dukla – Reform
Thursday 27. 10. 2022, 14:00 DIOD

Czech Joy, Virtual Reality
dir. Ondřej Moravec, prod. Hana Blaha Šilarová, CZ, DE
East Doc Platform 2021

Darkening is an autobiographical animated film that uses virtual reality to depict the authentic experiences of a young person with depression. It brings not only a deep insight into the "dark night of the soul", but also hope and a way to cope with the illness. The main character Ondřej accompanies the viewer on this journey. 


Czech Joy
The Visitors
dir. Veronika Lišková, prod. Kristýna Michálek Květová, Martina Netíková
East Doc Platform 2020 and 2022

A young anthropologist, Zdenka, moves with her family to Svalbard, Norway, to study how life is changing in polar regions. After falling in love with her new home, she discovers that more than icebergs and permafrost are vanishing in the Arctic. She has to work out to what extent she can get involved in the local community that she only originally intended to observe.

Friday 28. 10. 2022, 19:30 Kino DKO I
Saturday 29. 10. 2022, 09:30 Kino Dukla – Edison

The Cars We Drove Into Capitalism
dir. Boris Missirkov, Georgi Bogdanov, prod. Martichka Bozhilova, BG, DK, CZ, DE, HR
East Doc Platform 2013

This humorous documentary takes us back to the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War, when the car was considered not only a small miracle and a key symbol of technological progress, but also a means of fighting the imperialist class enemy, while paradoxically representing an almost unattainable social status.

Thursday 26. 10. 2022, 14:00 Kino DKO I

dir. Sasha Kulak, prod. Louis Beaudemont, FR
East Silver Caravan, Silver Eye Award 2021

In Belarusian, “mara” means “dream,” but in the sense of “hope.” In Slavic mythology, the word denotes a female spirit that manifests in people's minds while they sleep and brings either dreams or nightmares. An artistic personification of the mythical being Mara roams through the streets of Minsk in 2020–2021 in the film of the same name.

Wednesday 26. 10. 2022, 16:30 DIOD
Sunday 30. 10. 2022, 16:30 Kino Dukla – Reform

Museum of the Revolution
dir. Srđan Keča, prod. Vanja Jambrović, RS, HR, CZ
East Doc Platform 2019

Belgrade’s Museum of the Revolution was meant to become another Brutalist monument celebrating socialism in Yugoslavia. Its construction plan later failed and this desolate building from 1961 is now a refuge for homeless people. Among them is a young mother with her child and Mara, an aging woman.

Wednesday 26. 10. 2022, 14:00 Horácké divadlo – Velká scéna
Sunday 30. 10. 2022, 17:00 DIOD

Doc Alliance Selection
5 Dreamers and a Horse
dir. Aren Malakyan, Vahagn Khachatryan, prod. Vahagn Khachatryan, Eva Blondiau AM, DE, CH
East Silver Caravan, Silver Eye Award 2022 Nomination

This poetic documentary shows the different faces of Armenia through several heroes and heroines, with their dreams and aspirations at the centre of the film's narrative.

Sunday 30. 10. 2022, 12:30 Kino DKO II

Doc Alliance Selection
The Pawnshop
dir. Lukasz Kowalski, prod. Anna Mazerant, PL
East Doc Platform 2020

Jola and Wiesiek, a couple of extraordinary entrepreneurs, run the biggest pawnshop in the south of Poland. Profitable in the past, today the business only generates loses. Financial troubles affect their relationship. The problems have several causes. Residents of the neighbourhood in which the pawnshop operates more and more often pawn worthless objects to make their ends meet. Wiesiek's irrational marketing initiatives and the good heart of Jola who financially supports poor clients are not conducive to improving the situation either. 

Tuesday 25. 10. 2022, 19:00 Kino Dukla – Edison

Short Joy
dir. Tomáš Krupa, prod. Tomáš Krupa, Roman Genský, SK
East Silver Caravan, nomination for the Silver Eye Award 2021

Ten years ago, in March 2011, damaged by an earthquake and a tsunami, three reactors went into meltdown at the nuclear power station in Fukushima, Japan. Everyone within 20 kilometres of the plant was evacuated, but Naoto Matsumura chose to stay – out of 80,000 residents, the sole person remaining.

Friday 28. 10. 2022, 14:00 Kino DKO I

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