Although the sociologist and photographer Rudolf Šmíd is a debutant, his film has been gathering remarkable success on international level – it was included in the festival programmes in Krakow, Texas, Kyiv, Tel Aviv and now also in Vancouver at DOXA Documentary Film Festival. Audiences in Canada have the opportunity to watch the Chronicle of Oldřich S. within the frame of three documentary shorts session titled Keepstakes: Shorts Program together with the German film The Photographer’s Wife and The Man that Got Away from Canada. Among other Central and East European documentaries at DOXA 2012 there will be also the former caravan member Abendland by the Austrian filmmaker Nicolaus Geyrhalter as well as Viktor Kossakovsky’s well-known co-production ¡Vivan las Antipodas!
May 4 – 13, 2012
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.