Dok.revue 1.21

This issue is dedicated to the doyen of Czech documentary filmmaking Karel Vachek

Karel Vachek at the end of the 1960´s. Photo: Karel Vachek´s archive.

Welcome to the first English issue of dok.revue 2021. Here you can find the digest of the latest articles from Czech issues of dok.revue which could interest our international readers. 

The main theme of this issue is dedicated to the doyen of Czech documentary filmmaking Karel Vachek who passed away last year. You can read the remembrances of him from five respected film historians, curators and critics – American film historian Alice Lovejoy, British film historian Peter Hames, Italian producer Paolo Benzi, Japanese curator Asako Fujioka and renowned film critic Olaf Möller who contributes to Film Comment or Sight&Sound. You can watch all the films from Karel Vachek at DAFilms

In this issue, you can also read the resume of the discussion that was organised by IDFF Ji.hlava´s workshop Emerging Producers and the topic was Pandemic as an Opportunity. The conversation brought together four workshop participants, each representing a different region of the continent, and was moderated bu Cineuropa Editor in Chief Domenico La Porta. The main theme for the panel was how the post-COVID world could provide opportunity for Europe's audio visual sector. 

In this issue, the Czech documentarian Miloslav Šmídmajer describes the process of making a documentary about well-known Czech-French novelist Milan Kundera with the working title Milan Kundera: From the Joke to Insignificance (Milan Kundera: Od Žertu k bezvýznamnosti). The film should be released in cinemas in 2021.

Our English issue also includes two interviews. The first one was made with two Czech documentary filmmakers Filip Remunda and Vít Klusák about their latest joint film project Once Upon a Time in Poland (Jak Bůh hledal Karla, 2020) that shows how religion and faith are misused in contemporary Poland for mass manipulation and political purposes. The film‘s Czech premiere was held as part of the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival 2020. The second interview was held with Czech documentarian Jindřich Andrš, whose film A New Shift (Nová šichta, 2020) won the Czech competition section Czech Joy at Ji.hlava IDFF 2020. In his feature length debut, Andrš follows a coal miner Tomáš Hisem on his journey through the complicated retraining process, the pitfalls of the job market, and the confrontation between the miners’ world and the modern one. 




1.21DOK.REVUE
18. 03. 2021


from current issue:

New releaseShooting About KunderaDocumentarian Miloslav Šmídmajer describes the process of making a documentary about Milan Kundera with the working title “Milan Kundera: From the Joke to Insignificance.” Miloslav ŠmídmajerThemeNest in the bedroomPeter Hames, well-known British film historian and author of the book The Czechoslovak New Wave sent his remembrance to Karel Vachek to our magazine.Peter HamesThemeNever stop laughingPaolo Benzi, the Italian film producer and founder of the independent film production company Okta Film, describes for dok.revue how he met famous Czech documentary filmmaker Karel Vachek, who passed away last year. Paolo Benzi is also the main tutor of the Emerging producers in Ji.hlava IDFF.Paolo BenziThemeBehold, if the river is turbulent he is not frightenedIn this English issue of dok.revue we have collected some remembrances to Karel Vachek, the respected Czech documentarist who died in December 2020 at the age of 80. One of the contributors is Olaf Möller, a well-known film theorist and critic collaborating with many renowned film magazines (Film Comment or Sight & Sound), film museums and festivals (e.g. Il Cinema Ritrovato or International Film Festival Rotterdam).Olaf MöllerThemeEvery human being should get to wear comfy shoesThe Czech documentarist Karel Vachek was a chairperson of the jury at Yamagata international documentary film festival (YIDFF) in 2009. The board member of YIDFF and the former director of this festival, Asako Fujioka, has a remembrance of him smoking his pipe and going to the mountains with Japanese poet and filmmaker Yoshimasu Gozo to recite poetry to the skies.Asako FujiokaThemeLike the dog on the beach...American film historian Alice Lovejoy writes her remembrance of Karel Vachek, the remarkable Czech documentarist to whom we dedicate this English issue of dok.revue.Alice LovejoyInterviewThe times of lifelong careers are overAn interview with documentarian Jindřich Andrš, whose film A New Shift won the Czech competition section Czech Joy at Ji.hlava IDFF2020.Vojtěch KočárníkInterviewGoing to the Polish Turf with Our Own TeamInterview with documentary filmmakers Filip Remunda and Vít Klusák about their latest joint film project Once Upon a Time in Poland that shows how religion and faith are misused in contemporary Poland for mass manipulation and political purposes. The film‘s Czech premiere was held as part of the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival 2020.Kamila Boháčková