The Good Driver Smetana

The Good Driver Smetana
Dobrý řidič Smetana

Czech Republic, 2013, 77 min
Documentary

The Good Driver Smetana
Dobrý řidič Smetana

Czech Republic, 2013, 77 min
Documentary

Vít Klusák and Filip Remunda's feature-length documentary about a bus driver Roman Smetana, who took on injustice, corruption, and Czech politics' bad taste armed with a permanent marker. On election posters, Smetana drew tentacles on politicians' heads and wrote that they were liars, thieves, and corruptionists. One of his colleagues turned him in. The judge who tried him was the wife of one of the defaced politicians. After all, he damaged private property! Smetana paid his fine, but refused to do community service. The filmmakers could not just film his story - they bought spray paint and headed out into the streets. The theme of the film is the conflict between law and justice. Does freedom of speech trump property damage? Does there come a point when we must go against social norms? Can a bus driver debate a prime minister?

Writer / Vít Klusák, Filip Remunda    DoP / Vít Klusák, Filip Remunda    Editor / Vít Klusák    Sound / Michal Gábor, David Nagy, Václav Flegl

Release Date / 12 December 2013

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