The Czech Film Fund announced support for production of 11 documentary features

20 March 2019

Film Industry

The Czech Film Fund announced support for production of 11 documentary features

Film Industry

The Czech Film Fund announced support for production of 11 documentary features


Eleven of the total of 21 documentaries succeeded in the call and were granted altogether CZK 11,4 million (EUR 447 059). The support reached projects focused on sports themes, unusual marriages or unknown historic events.

Megalomaniac buildings and large sport centers with no use – the usual problems of cities that organized the Olympic Games thematizes Haruna Honcoop in her documentary feature debut Olympic Halftime, produced by D1film. At first, the Czech-Japanese director had focused only on Beijing, but then she began to compare five cities in total. The project received two awards at the One World’s East Doc Platform 2019.

Another sports documentary Adam Ondra: Pushing the Limits tells a story about a successful rock climber and the world champion in this increasingly popular sport. Ondra prepares himself for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo where climbing will be a competitive sport for the first time.

Adéla Komrzý’s project Jednotka intenzivního života (nutprodukce) is a drama with elements of absurdity about how doctors and patients in our technologically advanced civilization relearn how to communicate about something as basic as death. The film focuses on three doctors trying to apply modern methods of palliative medicine.

Two documentaries about marriage were supported in this call. Barbora Chalupová’s Marriage for all is an observational documentary that thematizes the process of approving the gay weddings’ law. The project, produced by Pavla Klimešová and Martina Štruncová (Silk films), focuses mainly on public discussion related to this topic.

Several years after their official marriage, wheel-chair bound Zdenka from the Czech Republic and her Pakistani husband Tabish, still communicate only over the internet and Skype. Czech authorities repeatedly deny Tabish a visa to enter the country, convinced they are protecting Zdenka and the Czech state from an economic migrant seeking entry into Europe. A Czech-Pakistani project A Marriage, directed by Kateřina Hager (also the producer of the film on the Czech side) and Asad Faruqi, brings an unusual romance for the audience.

Vera Lacková’s Slovak-Czech co-production documentary How I Became a Partisan thematizes fates of the Roma partisans in the former Czechoslovakia. The director and the great-grandchild of one of forgotten fighters focuses on stories from the World War II handed down in some Roma families in oral form, like fairy tales from generation to generation.

In his new documentary 1968 – Reconstruction of the Occupation Jan Šikl presents to the public archive material, launches the search for its origin and looks for people captured in the film shots. The Czech-Slovak co-production film (Cinepoint on the Czech side) covers the events, from August 1968 to the beginning of so-called normalization, that for many people were a turning point fundamentally changing their lives.

The Full list of supported projects:

Jednotka intenzivního života | nutprodukce | CZK 1,5 million (EUR 58 824)
How I Became a Partisan | Film&Sociologie | CZK 1,2 million (EUR 47 059)
Marriage for all | Silk Films | CZK 1 million (EUR 39 216)
Personal Life of the Hole | Silk Films | CZK 792 000 (EUR 31 059)
Adam Ondra: Pushing the Limits | Cinepoint | CZK 1,2 million (EUR 47 059)
Zvuk Černobylu | Gamma Pictures | CZK 500 000 (EUR 19 608)
Bluesman | Michal Rákosník | CZK 300 000 (EUR 11 765)
1968 – Reconstruction of the Occupation | Cinepoint | CZK 1 million (EUR 39 216)
Věčný Jožo | CIREAL production | CZK 500 000 (EUR 19 608)
Olympic Halftime | D1film | CZK 2 million (EUR 78 431)
A Marriage | Bohemian Productions | 1,5 million (EUR 58 824)

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