Terra incognita. Block of short films from the National Film Archive
Selected short films are from the time period between 1950s and 1980s, and are created by accomplished professional and amateur Czechoslovak filmmakers: František Vláčil, Evald Schorm, Elo Havetta, Jan Špáta, and Vladimír Kunc.
This block’s variety is defined by different formal approaches towards the author’s subject of interest and it includes genres such as film report, essay, a veristic recording of reality, staged documentary, and free experimentation with sound and visuals. The content of each film is different, but also tied to the central topic - in the middle of nowhere - in a unique way.
The films serve as an insight into the lives of modern day “Robinson Crusoes”, genuinely free men and women acting bravely, who were shipwrecked and got stuck “in the middle of nowhere”. Or they allow the viewers to enter unique time-space continuums, seemingly created “out of nothing”, woven out of subjective feelings, and superficial non-attractive sights of everyday life and its fragments, that receive a new deeper meaning thanks to a fresh angle, and unique film adaptation.
The block was curated by Jan Trnka and Jiří Horníček from the National Film Archive.
Introduction: Jan Trnka (National film archive)
The Crew on the Peak / Posádka na štítě
František Vláčil 11' Czechoslovakia
To Live One's Own Life / Žít svůj život
Evald Schorm 13' Československo
34 Days of Absolute Calm / 34 dnů absolutního klidu
Elo Havetta 18' Czechoslovakia
Respice finem / Respice finem
Jan Špáta 15' Československo
Neděle - všední den / Neděle - všední den
Vladimír Kunc 6' Czechoslovakia
Expecting Time / Očekávání času
Vladimír Kunc 7' Československo