Silverdocs 2012 Documentary Festival
June 18 – 24, 2012, Silver Spring, USA
The short documentary animation Chronicle of Oldřich S. will enjoy the third appearance at North American festival grounds, which makes it one of the most successful East Silver caravan titles this year. On top of that the 2012 Silverdocs documentary film festival, organized under the auspices of American Film Institute (AFI) and Discovery Channel, is presenting Chronicle of Oldřich S. together with the latest Helena Třeštíková’s documentary Private Universe, an East Silver Caravan member since March. Silver Spring festival will see Private Universe contest in the international Sterling World Feature Competition, attempting to reach for the Sterling Award after last year’s success of the caravan title Family Instinct (dir. Andris Gauja, Latvia, 2010).
Kronika Oldřicha S. , Czech Republic, 2011, 18 min, DVD, HD, Animated, History, Personal View, Politics, Social Issues
Mr Sedláček was writing one-sentence entries in his chronicle from 1981 to 2005. The chronicle includes everyday stories of his and his family's life (Today our Gypsy neighbour Gina broke my hand. I was taken to hospital in Mladá Boleslav), the life of the village and its surroundings (A man called Bartoš, 32 years old, killed his wife, 30, today in Příšovice and threw her body into the pond) as well as international events (L.I. Brezhnev died today). The real chronicle has more than two thousand daily notes. The authors picked two hundred and used about eighty of them for the screenplay. These eighty notes provide a concentrated overview of Mr. Sedláček's life and of our society. English voiceover by Jan Triska will be available soon.
Soukromý vesmír , Czech Republic, 2012, 83 min, 35 mm, Longitudinal, Personal View, Social Issues
Honza was born in 1974 into the cheerless era of socialism in Czechoslovakia. At that time, his parents Jana and Petr lived in one room in the apartment of Jana's divorced mother and her widowed grandmother. A few years later, the family moved from Prague to Liberec where Petr found a job and a little house for the family. When Honza was born, his father began writing a family chronicle and he has continued to do so for 37 years. “Family Diary“ shows not only the life of one ordinary family but also how the Czech society has changed in the last four decades. Who are we, where do we come from and where do we go?