CZ, SK

Post production

Communism

Komunismus

Karel Vachek’s latest film novel seeks ways to make the world a better place to live. Divided into two parts, it explores contemporary politics, philosophy, religion and art. Fifty years after the Prague Spring and thirty years after the Velvet Revolution, Vachek balances social development, and sees the only possible future in direct democracy, which, in his opinion, will be enabled by connecting human race through a computer network. The centerpiece of the work is the teachers’ lounge of FAMU, where the author imaginarily directs his motion picture universe and where, for twenty-five years of his pedagogical career, he has invited his significant film colleagues, peers and students to talk and record these encounters. They all go through the film and collectively draw attention to the humorous paradoxes and the contradictions of the times. Particular attention is paid to revolutions in general, starting with English Civil War (Oliver Cromwell’s), which move human kind forward, but at the cost of violence and misuse of central ideas for the individual's power ambitions. This is also the case with the communism, which Vachek personally experienced and gives testimony of. He recalls his dead relatives and quotes his favorite books and movies. There will also be flashbacks to his past films, which together form an interconnecting and continuous stream of pictures in which, across the decades and continents, one may see the progressive communist Josef Smrkovsky meeting the US President Donald Trump, or the artist Marcel Duchamp interacting with the Prime Minister Andrei Babis. Nothing is impossible, even Vaclav Havel's bust covered with mushrooms returning to the mycological exhibition where the organizers want to remove it at any cost. The philosopher Milan Hauser, the economist Ilona Svihlikova, the poet Andrej Stankovich and dozens of other personalities accept Vachek's call for dialogue as the best tool of thought.
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