Two Czech Documentaries Selected for Baltic Sea Doc

04 August 2017

Czech Film

Two Czech Documentaries Selected for Baltic Sea Doc

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Two upcoming documentaries My Unknown Soldier by Anna Kryvenko and Satanic Girls: Women on the Move by Bohdan Bláhovec have been selected among 25 projects, which will be presented at Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries (2 – 10 September, Riga, Latvia).

Co-financing forum of international documentary projects is the only one of its kind in the Baltics and is held in high regard throughout Eastern Europe. Every year, the BSD gathers over 100 professional filmmakers from the Baltic Sea region, as well as from Eastern and Central Europe. 

Almost 50 years after the “friendly” invasion of Czechoslovakia the film, My Unknown Soldier (Czech Republic, Latvia, Slovakia) attempts to cast new light on the occupying soldiers, showing them as victims to the whims of higher powers, often as helpless in their situation as the citizens of Czechoslovakia, and the sad consequences this experience had for some of the soldiers. "This movie isn‘t about general justice or truth. This is a story about how one becomes an „occupier" without his or her own intention," says director Anna Kryvenko. Producers of the film are Michal Kráčmer (Analog Vision), Sergei Serpuhov (Baltic Pine Films) and Wanda Adamik Hrycova (Wandal Production).

Satanic Girls: Women on the Move (Czech Republic) is a story about women, status and power in show business. The film follows several retired pop divas as they remember their wild rock’n’roll past, touching upon the topics of aging, relationships and selective memory.
In the 1960 Irena Hurdová and her sister formed a band that started out as a Dixieland orchestra performing. During their tour of Bulgaria, they heard about the developments surrounding the Prague Spring and decided not to return to Czechoslovakia and over the next few years performed in Europe under the name Satanic Girls. Than they met their manager, Roland Fernebor, who sent them to Argentina with the aim of turning the band into a star in the South American...
Film is directed by Bohdan Bláhovec and produced by Anna Herza Tydlitátová. Bláhovec´s feature debut Show! won the Czech Critic's Award for best documentary of 2013 and won the Audience Award at Jihlava IDFF 2013.

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