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5 Nov 2008 00:00 - 6 Nov 2008 00:00

Czech films at Shefield DocFest

Helena Trestikova’s long-term observation project that followed repeated delinquent Rene and a documentary about the changing concept of human nature and the domestication of animal and humans by Miloslav Novak represent the Czech Republic at Shefield DocFest.

5 November, 19:30, Showroom 2
6 November, 9:15, Showroom 4
A petty crime as a teenager earned Rene a prison sentence, and set him off on life of crime. Misanthropic, intelligent and introspective, he spends his life in and out of prison, struggling to fit in anywhere in the quickly changing Czech Republic. Veteran film maker Helena Trestikova began filming Rene in 1989, and kept up with him over the next two decades, even after he robbed her flat. Their collaboration, and his brief fame as a documentary star, spur him to writing, and he becomes a published author. Yet the demons driving him remain. This engrossing film takes us on a journey of a life lived outside of society. As his rap sheet lengthens, his body tattoos multiply, a visual testimony to the anger fueling his blighted life. His letters to Trestikova and access to the many cells which he calls home enhance this must-see film.

Peace with Seals
7 November, 11:30, Showroom 2

Emanuele Coppola is a seal nut. He's simply crazy about them. Unfortunately there aren't as many around as there used to be. In fact after surviving for millions of years in the Mediterranean, seals are one of the most endangered species in Europe. Tourism has forced them from their natural habitat, and sun worshipers now crowd the beaches formerly occupied by seals. So Coppola and director Miloslav Novak set out in search of the elusive creature, whose fate, they learn, is another sad byproduct of human arrogance. Along the way in this creative documentary there are some good seal tales – including the legendary Gaston, who rode flood waters out of the Prague Zoo only to end up in Germany. His escapade led to his adoption by the Prime Minister and a posthumous statue in the zoo. No such luck for seal Ulysses, tossed by a photojournalist into a fountain. The man was later fined, not for killing a baby seal, but for polluting the water.
www.12opic.cz  / www.12monkeys.tv 

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From: 5 Nov 2008 00:00
To: 6 Nov 2008 00:00


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