Martin Řezníček

Czech Republic

Martin Řezníček

director, producer, director of photography, script writer

Under Surveillance

For decades StB (State Security) surveillance served for power interests and were often the cause of many years of prison sentences, disgusting form of bullying, invasions of privacy, psychological blackmail. StB heritage of this activity is besides many traumas - which in many cases still persist, especially archive of surveillance photos, which is also very interesting visual historical document. Tens of thousands photos and film footage capture important persons and also a lot of unfamiliar faces and somehow "incidentally" also captures the atmosphere of the time of communist regime. The film tries, through live persons (and the dead also through the photos), to describe in an experimental form "timelessness" mainly of 70s and 80s, but also the essence of this StB voyeurism. At the same time the film will refer also to the present, when privacy has lost its own value...

Red Cowboy

Clyde Lee Conrad was an officer in the U.S. Army in West Germany, where he was tasked with protecting the top secret documents related to the military plans in case of a war with the Soviet bloc. He was recruited in 1975 by the Hungarian Military Strategic Intelligence Service (MNVK/2) and later in 1980 he offered his services also to the Czech Intelligence Service. He caused the biggest leak of the top secret NATO documents in its history: detailed descriptions of nuclear weapons, plans for movement of troops, tanks, aircraft… More than 30 000 documents. Documents threw Hungarian and Czech agents - all the way up to the KGB. In the film we follow Conrad's work for the Czechoslovak secret police and counterintelligence procedure against him. Conrad was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1990.
Chief Justice Ferdinand Schuth said that Conrad enabled the real possibility that “If war had broken out between NATO and the Warsaw Pact, the West would have faced certain defeat. NATO would have quickly been forced to choose between capitulation or the use of nuclear weapons on German territory.”

Jan Kapr's Ciphers

The film discovers almost unknown genius, music composer, innovator and experimenter Jan Kapr (1914-1988).
In the 1950s, he became so famous for his songs that he was awarded directly by Stalin. After the arrival of Russian tanks in 1968, he returned the Stalin Prize and wrote to his friend Shostakovich an open letter of disappointment from the Soviet Union. There follows an immediate and lifelong ban on composing music. Kapr shoots his life and himself in the form of short scenes on 8mm films. These never-published materials come to life in a fascinating reconstruction of life after death, in which the memory of the film, the time of Kapr's music, with a story of mythological proportions, intertwines. The narrative frames the birth of the world premiere of Kapr's composition from 1968.


The collective unconscious is a layer of the human psyche whose collective mental contents go beyond the individual, to the whole human community or race. Dream-Heeders examines the current state of the world and its direction as shared in our collective unconscious, via dreams. What of our collective unconscious do we share in these times of financial crisis and migration, rising extremism, ever greater consumption but also education, population growth, global warming and terrorism? Can dreams influence our choices and actions? Through the accounts of people impacted by life-altering trans-personal dreams, and with the latest findings of dream research, the film explores the collective nature of dreams as documentary testimonial of our times and the world we live in.
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