Czech Docs at East Doc Platform 2020

4. 3. 2020

Author: Veronika Zýková

Five upcoming documentaries will be presented at Czech Docs... Coming Soon, while six Czech/co-production projects will be pitched at East Doc Forum and another five will be part of East Doc Market.

Upcoming feature documentaries at Czech Docs... Coming Soon are presented by producer-director teams to an audience of invited representatives – leading international film festivals, sales agents, distributors, and to the wide public. One of presented documentaries will receive Sheffield Doc/Fest Award at the East Doc Platform Closing Ceremony. The presentation is followed by individual meetings between the filmmakers and the industry representatives / decision makers within the East Doc Market. Czech Docs... Coming Soon presentation is organized by the Institute of Documentary Film in cooperation with the Audiovisual Producers' Association (APA). 

Czech/co-production projects at Czech Docs... Coming Soon:
A New Shift (dir. Jindřich Andrš, prod. Augustína Micková, CZ) - Ex Oriente Film 2018 project
Tomas is almost fifty, he is radical football fan of his club Baník and for the past 25 years he has worked in the Paskov mine. Demand for coal has been falling and the mine was closed. Tomas and his dismissed colleagues were offered to try to retrain in new profession, which is now in the highest demand - the programmer. Tomas accepted the life challenge and we follow his story of this radical change in an intimate time-lapse portrait. Can he succeed in such a different profession? How does a radical Baník fan with a mining slang fit into a group of young programmers? And what about the rest of us - will we soon be forced to face a similar challenge as a result of the ongoing automation of work?

Brotherhood (dir. Francesco Montagner, prod. Pavla Janoušková Kubečková, CZ, IT)
Džabir, Usama and Uzejr are three young brothers in a Sunni family of shepherds. Since childhood, their father Ibrahim has rigidly trained them in the principles of the Quran and has filled their minds with stories of the Bosnian War. In an intimate portrayal of contemporary Bosnia and its insular Salafi community, Brotherhood is an anthropological exploration of youth, brotherhood, religion, and extremism in the most radicalized region of Europe.

Every Single Minute (dir. Erika Hníková, prod. Jiří Konečný, CZ, SK)
The Hanuliaks dedicate literally every single minute of their lives to the physical and mental priming of their son using complex multi-developmental parenting. Training and exercise alternate each other in an almost machine-like rhythm. The film captures these efforts for the duration of one year and through raw scenes from the Hanuliaks family life raises a stream of questions regarding the meaning of parenting in today’s society as well as the one-way focus on performance and the possible “robotization” of one’s life.

At Full Throttle (dir. Miro Remo, prod. Miro Remo, Zuzana Piussi, Vít Janeček, CZ, SK)
Slovak Jitka and Czech Jaroslav, a couple in their 50s, are the protagonists of our documentary. Jitka is the oldest autocross rider and Jaroslav, her former classmate from elementary school, takes care of her car. Both are members of the DRAKKAR motorcycle association and the story follows their attempt to defend the title of the Carpathian Autocross Cup. But even more important is their relationship, which is actually a renewal of their childhood love, they have come back to from their lives trapped in dead ends and series of wrong decisions. With a desire to live, they fight today in a team, both on autocross tracks and beyond it. Change and courage can make difference and "correct" the life.

Wolves on the Borders (dir. Martin Páv, prod. Zuzana Kučerová, CZ) - Ex Oriente Film 2018 project
Wolves on the Borders takes the controversy around the reintroduction of wolves to the Czech countryside to tell a broader tale of humankind’s ambivalent relationship towards nature. It has been more than two hundred years since the last wolf was killed in the Broumov region, where the story takes place. It is also the area with the largest concentration of sheep in the Czech Republic. The film looks at the wolves as providing an opportunity to transform our society into one that is more open and tolerant. Will we step up to the possibilities, or lose them?

Czech/co-production projects at East Doc Forum:
The Intensive Life Unit (dir. Adéla Komrzý, prod. Pavla Janoušková Kubečková, CZ)
Investigators (dir. Peter Pokorný, prod. Simona Hrušovská, SK, CZ)
The Visitors (dir. Veronika Lišková, prod. Kristýna Michálek Květová, CZ, NO)
The Taste of Celibacy (dir. & prod. Libuše Rudinská, CZ, SK) - Ex Oriente Film 2019 project
Comfortable Century (dir. Jaroslav Kratochvíl, prod. Jaroslav Bláha, CZ, FR) - Ex Oriente Film 2019 project
How I Became a Partisan (dir. Vera Lacková, prod. Jan Bodnár, SK, CZ) - Ex Oriente Film 2019 project

Czech/co-production projects at East Doc Market:
Housing Expo(sed) (dir. Apolena Rychlíková, prod. Martin Kohout, CZ)
On Your Marks! (dir. Mária Pinčíková, prod. Zuzana Mistríková, Alice Tabery, SK, CZ)
Pongo Story (dir. Tomáš Kratochvíl, prod. Radim Procházka, CZ, SK, GB)
Doctor on a Trip (dir. David Čálek, prod. Jan Macola, CZ, SE, DE)
Happily Ever After (dir. Jana Počtová, prod. Martin Hůlovec, Jakub Pinkava, CZ, SK)

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