Learn How to Read the Landscape

Dreams about landscape, addiction to living together and relationship between KVIFF and documentaries

Illustration: Michaela Kukovičová

New summer dok.revue offers our readers a new feature – a video blog. Starting on Monday, you will have the opportunity to regularly watch videos from festival masterclasses and discussion from Inspiration Forums. The first in the row will be Spanish director and documentary filmmaker Albert Serra, often called a “radical classic”. His festival masterclass were dedicated to his method of working with the protagonists of classical literature, such as Don Quijote and Casanova.

The summer edition is a bit visionary, and although the Poem is usually only an additional and “spirit enriching” section, this time, Werner Herzog’s advice resonates with several topics of our texts. 24 pieces of advice by Werner Herzog can be inspiring not only for filmmakers, but also for everyone else. Number thirteen was our primary source of inspiration: “Learn to read the inner essence of a landscape.”

In this issue’s interview, scriptwriter and director Martin Ryšavý dreams about the transformations of a mining-impacted landscape in the region under the Krušné hory mountains into a seaside resort and contemplates how and whether scriptwriting can work as a film medium. In autumn, Ryšavý returned as the Head of the Scriptwriting and Dramaturgy Department to FAMU, with inspiration to update scriptwriting by means unrelated to the film world.

Herzog’s thirteenth credo also resonates with the beliefs of Mlčoch family whose life in wagon trailers on a meadow in the Šumava mountains was captured by Eva Tomanová in the film, Always Together. The situational review of Always Together features sociologist Ivo Možný, clergywoman Sandra Silná and women’s rights expert Petra Havlíková discussing the upbringing of children in Mlčoch family’s patriarchal model, searching for possible ways out for their teenage children, especially the boys.

After several editorial meetings we decided to cut down on classical critical reviews of any works, be it film, literature or any other work of art, as traditionally published in media. Instead, we want to offer authorial perspectives of art works. This is also the aim of the New release section that features regular contributions by (not only) authors of documentary films in different production stages. The Books section of dok.revue’s visionary summer issue will also offer an original description of the writing process of her book Časosběr jako příběh (Long-term Observation as a Story) by documentary filmmaker Helena Třeštíková to be released this autumn by NAMU publishers.

Helena Třeštíková has a chance to win her third award for the best documentary film at the greatest Czech film showcase – the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Three candidates were selected for the best documentary film competition – Mallory by Helena Třeštíková, America by Jan Foukal and debut Resort by Martin Hrubý. What other documentary film works enriched the programme of KVIFF in the previous editions and how many breakfast were served for festival guests thirty years ago? Find out in our overview of festival figures in the Sport section.

On behalf of the dok.revue editorial team, I would like to wish you a summer full of great (not only) film adventures!

29. 06. 2015

from current issue:

New releaseOn Adultery as Mirror of Our Own SelvesBarbora Jíchová Tyson, a visual artist, who has been living in America for seventeen years, has finished her first feature film Talking About Adultery this year. According to the author, the film is an essayistic collage and represents a perspective on humanity, which holds the mirror up to us all.Barbora Jíchová TysonNew releaseFREMWhat is it like to shoot a film in Antarctica? Is it possible to get into the head of artificial intelligence? And what is GAI? All this is described by the documentarist Viera Čákanyová in the text she wrote about her new film FREM in dok.revue.Viera ČákanyováNew releaseHavel Speaking, Can You Hear Me?What were the two last years in the life of former dissident, ex-president Václav Havel like? How did he reflect on the fact that he was gradually leaving this world? Documentarian Petr Jančárek talks about his upcoming documentary film capturing the final stretch of Havel’s, life, the rough cut of which was shown at the Ji.hlava IDFF in the Studio 89 section marking this year’s anniversary of the so-called Velvet Revolution.Petr JančárekThemeEmerging Czech female documentariansIs there a new tide of emerging female documentarians in Czech cinema? What’s fascinating about the work of Czech female filmmakers like Johana Ožvold, Greta Stocklassa or Viera Čákany?Will TizardSportHow to Teach Documentary FilmmakingThis year’s Ji.hlava IDFF offered a panel discussion on how documentary filmmaking is taught in Visegrad countries. Methods used to teach documentary filmmaking in different V4 countries were discussed by lecturers from selected schools. Vít Janeček introduced documentary courses at Prague’s FAMU, Attila Kékesi represented Hungarian University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest, Viera Čákanyová talked about study programmes at Slovak Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava – VSMU, and Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz discussed documentary education at National Film School in Lodz. What emerged from their fruitful discussion? Vít Janeček, Kamila Boháčková, Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz, Attila Kékesi, Peter KerekesPoemThe reanimation of Mr. PuiuKhavn De La CruzReviewA Place to Take a BreathThe film journalist Janis Prášil compares two documentary portraits of this year – Forman vs. Forman and Jiří Suchý: Tackling Life with Ease on his blog.Janis PrášilReview Music as a Lag Between Death and InfinityJanis Prášil ruminates on Solo – this year´s winner of Ji.hlava Czech Joy section – which comes to cinemas. Did the picture succeed in depicting the inner world, so hard to portray, of a mentally ill musician? And what if it is the illness itself which enables people to take a look into the grievous core of being?Janis PrášilReviewOn Sounds by ImageThe film journalist Antonín Tesař writes about the new film The Sound Is Innocent directed by Johana Ožvold.Antonín TesařInterviewGreta Stoklassa: I Read Rather than Preach the RealityAn interview with the director Greta StoklassaKamila BoháčkováInterviewTo Surprise MyselfWhile the main competition at the International Karlovy Vary Film Festival does not feature any Czech title, the festival’s documentary section has one Czech film to offer: A documentary road movie by Martin Mareček entitled Over the Hills exploring the relationship between a father and a son, as well as the distance that separates us from others. Unlike his previous socially engaged films, the latest title provides a personal and intimate insight. But as Martin Mareček put it in his interview for dok.revue – what is intimate is universal. Marek Hovorka, Petr Kubica, Kamila BoháčkováInterviewKarel Vachek: Films Just Have to Make You Laugh!One of the most original Czech filmmakers Karel Vachek made his ninth film novel called Communism and the Net or the End of Representative Democracy. Fifty years after Prague Spring and thirty years after the Velvet Revolution, Karel Vachek “with his inner laughter” looks back on the evolution of our society and predicts a transformation to direct democracy based on the possibilities of the internet that will allow for the engagement of the whole mankind without the need of representatives. His film Communism will be screened at the beginning of next year at the International Film festival Rotterdam.Kamila BoháčkováIntroductionCzech docs of the year 2019Welcome at the English double issue of dok.revue 2019. This winter issue looks back upon the Czech documentary scene in the year 2019 and serves as an annual book of the most (internationally) interesting Czech documentaries and articles about them at dok.revue.Kamila Boháčkovávideo dok.revueMasterclass: Sergej Dvorcevoj23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival