Another Seven Pieces of Czech Joy

The last issue of dok.revue 2014 contains series of interviews with Czech directors whose documentary films were selected for this year competition Czech Joy held in October at Jihlava IDFF

Illustration: Míša Kukovičová

The selection of the films offers a great variety of topics and forms; all of them, however, have something in common. As one can notice in the interviews, all the directors have thought profoundly not only about the subject matters of their films but also about their forms.

Jaroslav Kratochvíl and Jan Gogola, Jr. used – each in his own way – a schema of nature documentary to depict a peculiar form of life: a bird lover in the former and a hunter in the latter case. Jana Ševčíková and Libuše Rudinská shot multi-layered portraits of somewhat evanescent personalities; Ševčíková's focus was a Slovak priest, whereas Rudinská sketched a rather ambiguous portrait of the last political prisoner who died in a Communist prison in Czechoslovakia before 1989. Jiří Stejskal as well as Jakub Wagner followed their stories in a relatively long time span: the former was shooting a documentary about a Ukrainian family unwilling to leave their farm left alone amidst concrete buildings in Kyiv for six years, the latter, who used different varieties of archive material, explores his family psychological heritage at the backdrop of events taking place in Czechoslovakia in almost a century.

Speaking about time, the editors of dok.revue would like to wish all the readers happy new year and a good selection of documentaries in 2015.