Vierka, or The Mystery of Family B's Disappearance

Vierka, or The Mystery of Family B's Disappearance
Vierka

Czech Republic, 2005, 76 min
Documentary

Vierka, or The Mystery of Family B's Disappearance
Vierka

Czech Republic, 2005, 76 min
Documentary

A documentary that started out as a portrait of a young talented Romany singer turns into a drama about two different views of ”the truth”. Coincidence is instrumental at the beginning of the film and the end is shrouded in mystery. Initially, the story tells of an encounter between Czech singer Ida Kelarová and a young Romany girl named Vierka Berkyová from Lucenec, Slovakia whose musical talent astonishes everyone who hears her sing. It focuses on her gifts and spontaneity, but also deals with the notion of helping those around us. It presents a new step forward in the life of the Berky family, and investigates the idea of mutual coexistence as it explores Kelarová and the Berkys’ desire to create an idyll in which two families share a home with all its attendant joys and cares. But then one day the Berkys suddenly leave Kelarová’s home, mysteriously disappearing without a trace. For director and cameraman Miroslav Janek, the documentary thus transformed into a drama pitting two differing versions of the truth – each one keenly and passionately experienced. It becomes the means of uncovering the hidden, in part unacknowledged, forces that determine one’s ideas about the meaning of life and its fulfillment. The viewer never actually finds out the real reasons for this dramatic turn of events and must be satisfied to merely approach the truth of the mystery.

Writer / Miroslav Janek    Story / Miroslav Janek    DoP / Miroslav Janek    Sound / Michael Míček, Daniel Němec, Štěpán Müller, Štěpán Mamula

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