Helena Všetečková

Czech Republic

Helena Všetečková

director, script writer, director of photography, editor, producer

For Health, for Glory and for Money - a Cycling Case Study

Documentary essay about cycling and money and snails. We will see this on eating. A cyclist must eat the best food to be the fastest and to have the best endurance. What do cyclists eat today and what did they use to eat? "When I used to race, I met Vendy. She used to be overtaken by the whole peloton at the first pitch, but her philosophy allowed her to enjoy the race all the same: she would admire the behaviour of snails on a wet road." We’ll have a dish prepared from snails by a famous chef and we will invite for lunch Zdenek Bakala, a Czech billionaire. We will meet Martina Sablíková and her couch, why she wasn´t allowed to start in Rio even though President Zeman interceded on her behalf? What exactly does a sport lobby do? And advertising...

150 Scenes of Life in Dissent in Time of New Establishment

After 1989 we are in a period of history where the individual parts of former dissent institutionalize themselves. Some of them find their place, while others identify themselves against. Papírníková together with her friends provokes both within the old and newly established institutions, because it is the part of Czech society whose attitudes have always been deep and strong. She points her camera at her friends, heroes of dissent and underground: Stanislav Penc, Jim Čert, Milan Smrčka, Karel Schwarzenberg, Dáša Vokatá, Heryán Ladislav, Josef Cecil, František Stárek, Miroslav Skalický and others. The ease, with which she films them, allows her to approach them very closely. They are captured with humor and understanding. The piece involves a possibility of philosophical interpretation.


Investigators want to look at the phenomena and controversial topics that are spread in our society, but have no scientific background – e.g., some types of alternative medicine or the popular eso-themes such as telepathy, out-of-body experience, bioresonance, telepathy or clairvoyance.

Investigators try to explore each topic - sometimes amusingly, but clearly and seriously in general. Other protagonists - mainly supporters of one side or another (sceptics vs. advocates) are there (not) to help them. The aim of the project is to raise public awareness. However, the authors do not want to force their own opinion upon the audience - their goal is to present facts, so that the spectator is able to create his own opinion.

We currently witness an increasing blending of esotericism and science, which makes room for imposters and greedy people. The documentary series therefore aims at objective investigation of the phenomena on the frontier of knowledge of the contemporary science so as to “separate the wheat from the chaff”. The main goal is not to unequivocally prove or refute the phenomena (the film is not a scientific study) but to describe them from a rational point of view. Attention is thus drawn to the facts. All the topics have a common element: their advocates are presenting them as clear, real and existing, even though they have never been scientifically proven.
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