Můj otec Antonín Kratochvíl

19 Nov 2020 22 Nov 2020 The event takes place online

The dramatically revealing story of Czech born Antonín Kratochvíl, a four-time World Press Photo winner who photographed celebrities such as David Bowie, George Clooney and Johnny Depp, but also wars and human catastrophes.

The film will be available to rent (UK only) for £4.99 from 10:00 on Thu 19 Nov GMT till 10:00 on Sun 22 Nov 2020 GMT on Czech Centre Vimeo on Demand.

BONUS: INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR ANDREA SEDLÁČKOVÁ AND PHOTOGRAPHER ANTONÍN KRATOCHVÍL BY PAULA ERIZANU, CULTURE EDITOR OF THE CALVERT JOURNAL

In this personal encounter with his son and fellow photographer Michael, Antonín Kratochvíl, a founding member of the legendary VII Photo Agency, candidly answers Michael‘s questions, setting off on a journey to the past. Always documenting the time in which he lived, Kratochvíl‘s striking black and white photographs of Mongolia's street children, the War in Iraq and the Chernobyl disaster among other assignments guide us through his refugee life and unique style of photography marked by the depth of understanding for his subjects based on his personal experience. He spent his childhood with his parents in a labour camp in communist Czechoslovakia, emigrated at 18 and via a refugee camp in Austria, a Swedish jail, the French Foreign Legion, and prestigious studies in Amsterdam, he arrived in the USA and became a world famous photojournalist, while his son, left behind the Iron Curtain, believed him to be dead.

Dir. Andrea Sedláčková, Czech Republic 2020, 84 min.
Cast: Antonín Kratochvíl, Michael Kratochvíl

Interview with director Andrea Sedláčková and photographer Antonín Kratochvíl by Paula Erizanu, Culture Editor of The Calvert Journal  

Part of Made in Prague 2020 ON/OFF

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  • Event title: Můj otec Antonín Kratochvíl
  • Date: 19 Nov 2020 22 Nov 2020
  • Address: The event takes place online

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