You can’t take my film away from me, can you, can you?

Festival dok.revue: second issue

Czech Journal: Don’t Take My Life (Andrea Culková, 2016)

The festival is on the brink of passing its halfway mark. Arriving to attend the masterclasses are Philip Zimbardo, Mike Bonanno and Rebecca O'Brien.

Today on the program line-up we have another world premiere of a film from the Czech Joy section, apart from a sensitively created insight into the sex lives of the handicapped, Love Me if You Can, and the hazy essays of Martin Ryšavý, Blind Gulliver, the two latest additions to the Czech Journal are also on the agenda. Adele Komrzý will introduce Teaching War and Andrea Culková will present Don’t Take My Life.

One day, documentarian Andrea Culková found out that she was facing attachment of assets because of a minor error that she learnt about too late. Her documentary episode of the Czech Journal series with a prosaic title Don’t Take My Life recounts her own story. She interviews various actors in the field, from debtors through distrainers to the Minister of Justice. “You can’t take my film away from me, can you?!” says Andrea Culková defending herself. One of the 13 nominees vying for the Best Czech Documentary Film Award will be screened in its world premiere at 4:30 PM on Thursday, October 27 in DKO. The subsequent Q&A will be attended by the president of the Czech Chamber of Court Executors Pavla Fučíková and one of the film’s protagonists Jiří Pospíšil.

27. 10. 2016

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 BoháčkováIntroductionDok.revue 1.21This issue is dedicated to the doyen of Czech documentary filmmaking Karel VachekKamila Boháčková