Both of my two new short documentary FAMU films – “Anatomy of a Place” about panel house in Prague and “True or False” about recent Sino-Czech relations, which premiered on May 12, 2016 at ZLATY VOCI film festival got awarded in the best documentary and the best student film categories.
Anatomy of a Place
I arrived in Tel Aviv for 1 week to attend the 2nd International Filmmaking Workshop KINO TLV. It was the week of the Israeli pesah holiday and the biggest partying city in the Middle East was relatively quiet, shops & bars were closed on that Friday night. I was walking along the night streets of Tel Aviv, enjoying the warm night and getting inspired for the upcoming filmmaking week… The inspiration was all around – the amazing modern architecture, bauhaus, crappy cheap houses, the long beautiful beach, Old Yaffo arabic district with the chants of moazzins, the magic Florentin and Neve Tsedek neighborhoods. And of course the people.
What caught my attention (I noticed it already last year when I was visiting the city for the first time) were the benches standing opposite each other on the pavements close to the busy roads all around Florentin and other areas. Who would ever want to sit in a proximity of busy traffic and hang out there I thought to myself – as I was observing the streets later during the day, some people were sitting there from time to time, chatting, relaxing, taking a break with their heavy shopping bags, or just chilling out in the evenings when it was not too hot and the streets were not so busy anymore. For me those benches are also symbol of a dialog and conversation… Yet, they are standing at very absurd places, I created bit absurd situations. Here is the result…
And many thanks to Czech Centre in Tel Aviv for supporting this stay.
We’re an international team of filmmakers and we would use your help with funding our new project – GOING WEST!
In the recent months, the Middle East has seen a mass migration of people fleeing its conflicts and wars. Among these refugees, there’s a number of LGBT* folks leaving for Europe to not only find peace, but also the freedom to be themselves.
Back home, they are at a hight risk of violence, torture or death – and this risk follows them along their way until they reach safety.
The short documentary we’re working on will give space to specific refugees to express their concerns and hopes for their future lives. The film will focus on their personal stories and the similarities between them, trying to find their common ground. One of the side themes will also be how new technologies enabled their escape and what it is that they wouldn’t share with the world on social media, what is left unsaid. To get a bigger picture, we’ll also interview the official organizations that provide services for these people.
Here is our INDIEGOGO crowdfunding campaign. You can support our crew by liking our Facebook page or just support the project financially – any $ will help – we work for free, all the money go to the production expenses.
My spontaneous video art piece which I shot during my trip in Normandie in summer 2014 will be shown as an installation in NOD Gallery during Sněz tu žábu French festival on 12-15 March 2016. It is fascinating in which context it was created and in which context the work is show after all. I have never imagined when I was walking alone along the coast that it will end up 2 years later in a Prague gallery. It was my personal inner trip and the memories, which are attached to the piece, are still quite strong. I guess that the music which accompanies he video can tell in which state of mind it was made. Yes, the music is strong and sad. Life is full of absurdities. I never stop wondering…
(installation animation by Jakub Krejčí)
In April I went to Tel Aviv to attend my first Kinokabaret of this year. The atmosphere was amazing – great weather in the beginning of April, lovely Israeli people, a big crowd of international filmmakers came to create short films, beach within a walking distance from a kinolab which was based in a nice gallery with a wonderful rooftop view, simply magic.
I was working on my surreal music video Trainspot, but for 1 day I joined crew of Nicolas Bellaiche from Paris as a director of photography and we shot 24hours in a row his movie called Retrouvailles. We travelled all the way to the south of Israel to Be’er Sheva just because we couldn’t find any small actor in Tel Aviv and there was one family who agreed that their little son will be filmed. The problem was that the little Eddie didn’t cooperate with our crew, so the whole shooting was pretty much improvised. We finished around 5am after the whole day of shooting and traveling around and here is the FILM.
The short film has been selected to a few festivals, so it is traveling around the world, so it is great to see that our little movie continue living its life…
The work-in-progress film Relics of Socialist Architecture is is to be found at the online catalogue CZECH DOCS 2015/2016 issued by the Czech Film Centre >>> http://czechdocs.net/en/project/default/9204
Krátké filmy 3 minuty z Bukurešti a (L)Ost Berlin byly uvedeny v cyklu Experimentálně na Festivalu Den Architektury v kině Světozor.