Director: Kokeš Lukáš, Klára Tasovská

Czech Republic, Documentary, 2012, 70 min, russian with english and lithuanian subtitles, V

This Czech documentary presents a visit to the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (a.k.a. Trans-Dniestr) as a trip to a museum of communist totalitarianism. The country, whose independence has been recognized by only a few other states, remains an isolated multi-ethnic enclave held together by an authoritarian regime. In a country where you are only allowed to film out the window of a train, the locals are afraid of being denounced but are glad to live in a comfortable refuge from the hectic modern world, and songs on television celebrate the president.


2012 – winner in Jihlava Documentary Film festival 2012 (Czeck Republic).
2012 – winner in Copenhagen International Documentary Festival (Denmark).
2012 – winner in Helsinki Documentary Film Festival “Point“(Finland).
2012 – winner in “Docudays“ International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (Kyiv, Ukraina).
2012 – Main festival award in One World Romania International Human Rights Film Festival.
2012 – winner in Cronograf Film Festival (Moldova).
2012 – winner in London documentary film festival „Open city London“ (UK).
2012 – Main prize in  Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czech Republic).
2013 – Official Selection in LUX Prize competition 2013 .

About the directors:

Lukáš Kokeš born in 1983, he is cameraman and director, studied at Charles University´s Humanities Faculty; now he is finishing up at Prague´s Film Academy. His early short films aroused interest at Czech and foreign festivals. For the series “Czech Journal” he directed the documentary Bootleg Republic (Pančovaná republika, 2013), and he works with Czech Television on other projects as well. The directors’ cooperative effort Fortress is their greatest success to date (screened at prestigious festivals in Copenhagen and Helsinki, among others).

Klára Tasovská born in 1980, she is director, came up with the story for the film. She is a graduate of the New Media studio of Prague’s Academy of Fine Arts, and is currently completing her studies in documentary filmmaking at Prague’s Film Academy. Her medium-length movie “Midnight” (Půlnoc, 2010) was well-received at festivals around the world.

Section: Identity

Screenplay: Klára Tasovská, Kokeš Lukáš

Dir. of Photography: Kokeš Lukáš