Helena Třeštíková will premiere Anny at the IDFA 2020

28 October 2020

Czech Film

Helena Třeštíková will premiere Anny at the IDFA 2020

Czech Film

Helena Třeštíková will premiere Anny at the IDFA 2020

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International Documentary Festival Amsterdam - IDFA gives its floor to 3 Czech documentaries and co-productions. Celebrated Czech auteur Helena Třeštíková will world-premiere her Anny at the Mid-length competition. Vitaly Mansky’s Latvian-Czech Gorbachev. Heaven will premiere at the Feature-length competiton, and in the Best of Fests section, FAMU student Nora Štrbová will introduce her S P A C E S.

Legendary Czech director Helena Třeštíková (Forman vs. Forman, Mallory, Katka, René) will introduce her brand-new documentary Anny in the IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary. The film, produced by Kateřina Černá of Negativ, is a story of a mother of three grown up kids, who is divorced twice and works as a toilet attendant. Similar to her older works, Třeštíková uses time-laps technique to show that even the most ordinary life has its value, nobleness and dignity.

Vitaly Mansky (Putin's Witnesses, Under the Sun) finished his long-awaited Gorbachev. Heaven. A portrait of the last President of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and a controversial hero will celebrate world premiere in the IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary. Mansky's film is a co-operation between Latvian SIA Vertov and established Czech production company Hypermarket Film and it was granted EUR 58 000 by the Czech Film Fund in the call for minority co-productions (2018).

Nora Štrbová, who premiered her S P A C E S at this year's Annecy IAFF, will introduce her short animated documentary also to the audience of IDFA's Best of Fests section. The FAMU student explores her brother, 23-year-old Simon Štrba, whose short-term memory has been completely destroyed and who thinks events that took place a year ago happened yesterday.

Czech films, and Helena Třeštíková's especially, regularly participate at the IDFA. Last year, Forman vs. Forman by Třeštíková (and her co-director Jakub Hejna) was screened in Masters, and in 2018 IDFA honored the auteur with the retrospective of her celebrated work.

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