Biggest dream

Classic documentary from the time before the Prague Spring. In one interview, Jan Špáta, a cinematographer, said about his film debut: ”Questions asked in the documentary not only force the youth to communicate, but bother us, the older generation, as well. Moreover, they provoke us to express honest opinions. Using the filmmedium, I wanted to show the youth of today. Their new system of values is sometimes discredited. I’m not the only one pondering over this problem. I wish this documentary attracted interest not only of the “older” audience, but also of young people. So that they could identify with it. Through “Biggest Dream” I intended to move a survey towards film. I’m convinced that a survey which fails to present problems in a cinematographic way doesn’t have the right to exist. For this reason my documentary consists of both “classic shots” with a reporter holding a microphone as well as scenes far from this limited form. One needs to stress that the film does not have a pessimistic overtone and shouldn’t be interpreted in such a way. I admit that sad moments appear as well. I mean the scenes shot in Prague arcades, where it is difficult to talk about eloquence and noble ideals of the protagonists. They are a part of bored youth, who kill the time not knowing their way out of the emptiness they created for themselves. However, great majority of the filmed individuals have got the thing that constitutes the essence of today’s youth: sensitivity to truth and desire for justice.”   Největší přání dir. Jan Špáta, cinematography by Vladimir Skalský, Czech Republic 1964, documentary film, 31 min. 23rd November (Friday), 9.30 p.m.  Małopolski Ogród Sztuki – Small Screening Room

Miloš Forman: What doesn’t kill you…

In his documentary, Miloš Forman: What Doesn’t Kill You... (Miloš Forman: Co te nezabije…), Miloš Šmídmajer takes a closer look at 5 years of the director’s life, tries to decipher his way of thinking and shed some light onto some of the intimate episodes in his bio-graphy. Forman’s professional work had its natural inspiration in his personal life. This documentary does not present the biography in a typical way. Forman’s profile was interwoven into the frames of the “short story” of his filmmaking. This film makes us aware of the importance of the productions which translate emotions into the screen and touch the highest values, such as man’s freedom. And Miloš Forman exceptionally convincingly personified the value of individual freedom.
The film comprises interviews with the director’s friends and family as well as actors who cooperated with Forman in making his most famous titles. On the screen we can see, among others: Fahrid Murray Abraham, Oscar-winner for the role of the Italian composer Antonio Saleri in the music drama Amadeus, Oscar-nominee Woody Harrelson, who played the part of Larry Flynt, Louise Fletcher – Oscar-winner for the role of sister Mildred Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Natalie Portman and Javier Bardem (Goya’s Ghosts) and Anette Bening (Valmont).   Miloš Forman: co te nezabije... dir. Milošlav Šmídmajer, cast: Miloš Forman, Saul Zaentz, Paul Rassam, Michael Douglas, Jean-Claude Carriere, Martina Formanová, Petr Forman, Matěj Forman, Natalie Portman, Louise Fletcher, Woody Harrelson, F. Murray Abraham, Theodor Pištěk, Javier Bardem, Czech Republic 2009, documentary film, 100 min. 21st November (Wednesday), 4 p.m.  Kijów Centrum – Large Screening Room

The Wolf House

A feature film where the various elements of beauty, fear, disorder and the narrative itself are born from the same precarious elements that are in permanent states of change. It is the story of a young woman who is hiding in a house, but it is also the story of a physical and mental world that falls apart, destroys itself and renews itself time and again. It is an animal in a state of relentless mutation.
The air of folklore and fantasy in a colony of religious fundamentalists in Chile. Nightmarish visions, people magically transformed into physical objects, talking animals. Wildness of the heart and curiosity which often leads straight to hell. This stop-motion animated film by the two Chilean artists is a grotesque record of a young woman’s initiation journey into the unknown. La Casa Lobo Directed by: Cristóbal León, Joaquin Cociña, screenplay by: Cristóbal León, Joaquin Cociña, Alejandra Moffat, Chile 2018, animation, 73 min. 24th November (Saturday), 5 p.m. Kijów Centrum – Large Screening Room