01-04-2015

Czech Doc Confessions of the Forgotten by Petr Vaclav Gets Theatrical Release

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PRAGUE: A new documentary by Petr Václav, Confession of the Forgotten/Zpověď zapomenutého, will be released theatrically by its producer Mimesis Film. The film has its Czech premiere on 2 April 2015.

The film is about the Czech composer Joseph Mysliveček, who lived and worked in 18th century Italy.  Vaclav's feature The Way Out (Moloko Film) was recently awarded with several Czech Lions and Czech Critics' Awards

Very little is known about the life of this interesting personality and only a small part of his music was preserved. The film consists of the rehearsal recordings of his opera Olimpiade, conducted by Václav Luks and his orchestra, later performed in Prague, Dijon ands Luxembourg - combined with the sensitive hand camera shots of the places where Mysliveček lived: in Naples, Venice, Bologna and Florence. "We think it is very important to work with opera through film, and not only through television genres. The Cinematography Fund supported both production and distribution of this film and we are planning to show it not only in classical cinemas but also at music festivals and on DVD and Blue Ray at special screenings for lovers of classical music," says Jan Macola, the producer of the film.

The D.o.P of the film is Miroslav Janek, the Czech Lion holder for the films Citizen Havel coproduced by Negativ, Studio KF and FTV; by Michael Wolkowitz, with the partnership of private Czech TV channel Nova, and Olga produced by Film & Sociologie. Shooting and editing of the film took more than two years, during which Petr Václav was simultaneously working on the screenplay of a long feature about the unusual fate of this composer, whose career reminds us of the rise and fall of the mythological Icarus.

The film is produced by Jan Macola and Mimesis Film, in coproduction with Czech Television and Cinema Defacto (France), supported by the State Cinematography Fund. This week Confession of the Forgotten will be released for Czech cinema distribution.