DAFilms.com Offers First World Film Retrospective of Helena Třeštíková Online

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    PRAGUE: DAFilms.com documentary portal is presenting the first world online retrospective of the famous Czech director Helena Třeštíková under the title A Long Journey through 5 October 5 2014.

    The programme offers more than 25 films by this internationally respected documentarist, the winner of Europe’s highest film award Prix Art for her film René (negativ). Třeštíková is known for the combination of a unique observational method of following her protagonists for several years or even decades and her deep personal interest in the individual life stories.

    Her most successful documentaries, which have become festival hits, including besides René (2008), also Katka (2009) and Marcela (2006), represent the core of the retrospective as well as the peak of the director’s film works. Next to the exclusive online presentation of the Czech TV series Marriage Stories (1987) and Marriage Stories 20 Years Later (2005), in which the director follows married couples for 25 years since their wedding, the program offers also director’s latest films: Private Universe (2011), Life with Jester (2013, Produkce Třeštíková) and Vojta Lavička: Up and Down (2013). It is for the first time ever that her earliest films from the 1970s and 1980s will appear online, including her graduation film The Miracle (1975), Touch of Light (1979), Japanese Sunday (1981) and Out of Love (1988).

    DAFilms.com gives a chance to Czech viewers to vote online and choose their favourite Treštíková´s film, which will be screened at the end of the retrospective on Monday, October 6 at a special evening in Světozor Cinema in the presence of Třeštíková. Through voting, the viewers can win one of 40 free passes to the otherwise closed evening during which the director will be interviewed by Slovak documentarist Peter Kerekéš and reveal aspects of her unique cinematic and personal approach to documentary film.

    “I am moved by the retrospective. When I found out that the retrospective of Agnès Varda had been presented before me I blushed with pride. Agnès Varda was one of the key icons of my youth. I hope that my films will be watched by viewers who would otherwise not come to the cinema and I am very much interested in their response,” Třeštíková said.