Alena Müllerová

Czech Republic

Alena Müllerová

commissioning editor, producer, director


Documentary film Lifetransit wants to raise awareness about people whose lives are complicated by several disabilities at once. For example, they have to use electric wheelchair and deal with vision or hearing impairment etc. Looking from the outside, people who don't speak and don't move are often not given a chance to develop their mental and physical capacities and to be involved in the society. There are special institutions that help these people to be involved and live the life they would like to. This film focuses on one of these institutions called Jedličkův ústav and on the people with "combined disabilities" who study at its Practical schools that prepare students to live their future everyday life. This very important topic deserves to be explored and director Martin Ryšavý tells the stories of the people he followed for two years very sensitively, but without pointless pity.

Patty Cake, Patty Cake

Baby or career? Is running back to work with a new born baby in the house careerist? Is becoming a full-time mother anti-feminist? Can fathers substitute mothers as infant caretakers? Shot in the Czech Republic, where three year's long maternity leave is the norm, Iceland, where a "Daddy quota" for parental leave has been introduced, and the US, which is the only developed country with no paid parental leave, this documentary explores the reality of three families whose lives and child raising strategies are shaped by the different social norms of childcare in their own countries.

Komedie Theatre

Shortly before it was shut down, Komedie Theatre invited the filmmakers to capture some of the major plays staged by the theatre. The plays featured in the series include The Trial; Offending the Audience; The Last Days of Mankind; Garbage, the City and Death; Goebbels / Baarová; Oil Lamps; Weissenstein; Anticlimax; Overweight, unimportant: Misshape, and The Suffering of Prince Sternenhoch.

Václav Havel, Prague – Castle 2

Václav Havel, Prague – Castle 2 is the second part in what should be a documentary trilogy charting Havel's early years at the Prague Castle. In the early 1990s, the Prague Castle was a morally and culturally devastated place, soon to be radically transformed by Havel, a creative person and insightful playwright. The Castle opened up to people, arts and culture, much in the same way the Czech Republic gradually opened up to the world, as manifested in the visits by the Rolling Stones and George Bush Sr. Featuring Bush Sr., Theodor Pištěk, Michael Kocáb and many others, this film was also one of the last on-screen appearances by Václav Havel.

The Indignants 2012

This documentary film is being made at a time of great social turmoil that has hit all parts of the globe, including the Czech Republic. Next to a number of initiatives that try to create an alternative to existing political parties, there are also some more radical forces pushing their way up. Left-wing activists, protagonists of this film, are looking for a paradise on earth. Can they find it? Recent months and years have been fairly explosive in the social domain. According to many sociologists and political scientists, the economic crisis and absence of trust in politics are the perfect breeding ground for demagogues and seekers of “paradise on earth“. Where can this search take them? Where is the boundary between beneficial involvement in public matters and destructive attempts to dismantle democracy?

Pepik the Czech Goes to Poland In a Quest for Love of God

In the middle of Europe, two nations coexist side by side, close to one another in many ways and yet worlds apart. The Czechs are dedicated atheists, while the Poles are born as baptized Catholics. Czechs shake their heads in disbelief at Polish piety, while Poles hold Czechs in contempt for living without God. A Czech documentary crew sets out on a summertime pilgrimage across Poland in order to investigate through the camera the concrete situation regarding the notion of Czech atheism vs. Polish religion.

Žalman In Seven Scenes

The documentary is dedicated to the leading Czech songwriter, folk legend Pavel Žalman Lohonka (born 1946). In 2018 he will celebrate 50 years on the Czech music scene, where he still pays for the icon of the original folk music. His unmistakable voice has many supporters and enthusiastic listeners. The film focuses on key moments of his personal and artistic life, each chapter will be accompanied by musical motifs from Žalman's folk hits.

The Taste of Celibacy

Slovak priest Peter Lucian Baláž (39) decided to write a book advocating the idea of consecrating married men. He asked his friend from the seminary – priest Michal Lajcha (35) who was about to leave the clergy because he had been in a long-term relationship and wanted to get married. He invited him to be a co-author of a book, and its first version was published only under Lajcha's name.
Anyway, sensing the danger of a recourse, he left his diocese and went to serve as a chaplain in prison. While Mr. Lajcha was in a really bad situation as his girlfriend had left him in the meantime and he found himself without a job, Mr. Baláž stayed in prison where he was shifted to the position of a guard. Mr. Baláž decided to go on with his mission.
In the meantime, the Amazon synod takes place in Vatican – its major topic is the consecration of married men. In the final report, the Pope gets a recommendation that he should allow the consecration of married men in Amazonia due to the actual lack of priests there. Mr. Baláž starts his investigation to find out who in Europe shares his opinions.
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