I saw the winner of the section ”Czech Joy”, ”I love my Boring Life” (PHOTO) by Jan Gogola, director, but also very much esteemed dramaturg, some call him an icon of Czech documentary, who has worked with several Czech and Slovak filmmakers like Filip Remunda (”Czech Dream”), Marko Skop(”Osadne” and Peter Kerekes (”66 Seasons” and ”Cooking History”). I will wait with my review of a fascinating and original film that was shown in a version with English version, and as the text is crucial for the experience of the film. I did not get out of it what it deserves and will wait until a German voice version of the film has been made.
But the Breathless project, German-Czech, deserves to be mentioned so I took this from the website:
Breathless, Dominance of the Moment – A collection of 5 Czech-German documentary films:
As a unique example of Czech-German cooperation are five creative documentary films presented under the common name Breathless, Dominance of the Moment. Czech-German project was established to support daring creative documentary proposals and to fund and develop outstanding documentary films from the Czech Republic and Germany. In Spring 2008,
Zipp – Czech-German Cultural Projects, an initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation, DOK Leipzig and the Prague-based Institute of Documentary Film invited filmmakers to submit innovative and artistic documentary proposals that deal with the socially relevant subjects of ‘acceleration’ and ‘time’ of today’s life.
Among its objectives, the initiative promotes creative documentary proposals that bear a distinct stamp of the author but that would otherwise have little chance of being made. Another aim is to encourage cultural dialogue between Germany and the Czech Republic and to demonstrate how relevant, versatile and established documentary filmmaking in both countries is.
Out of more than 130 submissions, the international selection committee chose six compelling proposals. Two Czech and three German documentary films have been finally produced; Jirí Konecný, endorfilm s.r.o. is the producer of the Czech entries, while Stefan Kloos, Kloos & Co. Medien GmbH supervises production of the German documentaries.
The films have been developed with the support of international experts, filmmakers and professionals from all of Europe; Miroslav Janek (Czech Republic), Peter Badel (Germany), Niels Pagh Andersen (Denmark), Susanna Helke (Finland), Clare Paterson (UK), Stephan Krumbiegel (Germany) and Catherine Rascon (France).