We are participating on a big documentary production of ARTE
and BBC4 TV channels with the working title “What remains
after Tito”. The director of the movie is Mira
Erdevicky-Charap, born in Yugoslavia. The executive producer
of the project is French ZETA Production. During May, June
and September Viktor Ekrt and Vaclav Flegl spent more than 3
weeks on locations in former Yugoslavia. They visited Tito’s
sympathizers as well as opponents, political disciples,
intellectuals from the opposition, people oppressed by the
regime, prisoners from Tito’s concentrations camps, as well
as naive admirers from former “Tito’s youth”. Twenty-six
years after the death of the charismatic leader, the image
and the “heritage” are still vivid. Surprisingly, this topic
is absolutely unexhausted and intensive; in former
Yugoslavia countries it provokes both joy and horror.The TV
documentary should have 52 minutes, and a 72 minutes film
transfer is planned. The D.O.P. is Marek Jicha, editor David
Charap. It is scheduled to be finished before Christmas
2006. From technology perspective it is interesting that the
picture is shot on a new HD-CAM format and sound (as almost
always in the last two years) on AATON CANTAR-X.
Early summer we have spent on set of Russian Language
Teacher - Georgian movie directed by Aleco Tsabadze. It
is a detective story set in Moscow on background of Chechen conflict.
First part has been produced in Kiev and than crew moved to
Tbilisi and close neighborhood. Production itself runed in
slower tempo as we are used at home, on the other hand there
rested enough time to explore local environment.
Spring 2006 we have spent on set with Jan Sverak and his movie
Vratne lahve (Returned Bottles). Based on the script by
Zdenek Sverak who also plays the lead role in the film about
a reluctantly retired teacher who takes a job in a
supermarket. The film also stars Jirí Machácek (Horem pádem/Up
and down) and Tatiana Vilhelmová (Štĕstí/Something like
happiness) and will continue filming through May. Vladimír
Smutný will again handle cinematography. It will be
released domestically by Falcon on 8 March 2007. The
production could be followed on the film’s
Late summer 2005 we spent on “Grandhotel”, a film by David
Ondricek. It is a bitter comedy about love, clouds,
loneliness and the desire to make one’s dreams come true.
The story is set in the town of Liberec (North Bohemia), for
the most part in the Jested Hotel – a mysterious place
between heaven and earth. The main character is a
30-year-old hotel porter Fleischman (Marek Taclik), a
good-natured loser who has never had a girlfriend and never
left his hometown. But he’s good at understanding weather,
clouds and wind. Cast also includes: Klara Issova, Ladislav
Mrkvicka, Jaromir Dulava, Jaroslav Plesl and Dita Zabranska.
The film should becoming to cinemas in October 2006.
autumn 2004 we took part in two international projects. First of them was
the debut of Slovenian director Janja Glogovac
ljubizen (L...like love) filmed
in Ljubljana and Maribor, Slovenia. The second project was a
by Italian director Fabrizio Costa Sacco e Vanzetti (Sacco
and Vanzetti), filmed this time in Bulgaria.
In June 9th 2004 we launched this web site.
It is intentionally simple, so that we can administrate and
update it by our selves. A second reason for its simplicity
is our quest for maximum transparency. We welcome any
comments or suggestions regarding the contents of this web
In January and February 2004 we worked on the movie
Cime Tempestose (Wuthering Heights)
with director Fabrizio Costa, produced by the Italian
company Titanus. The Heights were really wuthering.....