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Private Universe

Soukromý vesmír
Director: Helena Třeštíková

Czech Republic, Documentary, 2012, 83 min, czech with english and lithuanian subtitles, V
Honza was born in 1974 into the cheerless era of socialism in Czechoslovakia. At that time, his parents Jana and Petr lived in one room in the apartment of Jana’s divorced mother and her widowed grandmother. A few years later, the family moved from Prague to Liberec where Petr found a job and a little house for the family. When Honza was born, his father began writing a family chronicle and he has continued to do so for 37 years. “Private Universe” shows not only the life of one ordinary family, but also how the Czech society has changed in last four decades. Who are we, where do we come from and where do we go?
 
Awards:
 
2009 – Best Project at the MEDIA European Talent Award.
2012 – Special Mention at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czech Republic).
 
About the director:
 
Helena Třeštíková was born in 1949 in Prague, Czech Republic. One of the most important Czech documentary filmmakers, she has directed some forty award-winning films since graduating from Prague Film Academy (FAMU) in 1974. She has also worked for a long time in Czech television and directed documentary series “Women at the Turn of the Century” (Ženy na přelomu tisíciletí, 2000). Recently, Helena Třeštíková’s works have been the subject of retrospectives at several major festivals, including Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema (Argentina) and Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (Greece). Her most notable films include “Touch of Light” (Dotek světla, 1980), “Lida Baarova’s Bittersweet Memories” (Sladké hořkosti Lídy Baarové, 1995), “Marcela” (2006), “René” (2008).
Section: Identity

Screenplay: Helena Třeštíková

Dir. of Photography: Vlastimil Hamerník, Jiří Chod, David Cysař