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My Father Antonín Kratochvíl

Můj otec Antonín Kratochvíl

Three generations of photographers marked by totalitarian regimes. Through the youngest Michael, we follow the fates of the Krathochvíl clan, focusing particularly on the most famous of them – Antonín.

At 18, Antonín emigrated from Czechoslovakia, where his father Jaroslav spent a life marked by the communist terror. Antonín left a newborn son behind. He experienced dramatic years of exile, he was in prison, he fought for the French Foreign Legion. In America, he tasted fame and became a sought-out war photographer. He met his son for the first time after twenty years – Michael had believed him dead for many years. Thanks to Antonín, Michael became a photographer. 

They both come to terms with feelings of emptiness they have experienced. Antonín wants to make up for the guilt of abandoning a small child, Michael attempts to process reuniting with his biological father.
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