PRODUCTION: Josef Tuka Shoots Debut Feature Absence of Closeness

    Jana Plodkova Jana Plodkova

    PRAGUE: New Czech production company Cinema Belongs To Us, founded by filmmaker Asmara Beraki, is currently in production with the low budget film The Absence of Closeness. This psychological drama is the debut feature by Josef Tuka, who studied at FAMU under the tutelage of Věra Chytilová.

    The Absence of Closeness / Absence blízkosti follows Hedvika, a single mother of a three-month old baby, who, instead of embracing the emotions of true parental love, feels distant and alienated. One night she finds the diaries of her prematurely deceased father and decides to try to suppress her “absence of closeness” towards the baby through her father’s diaries.

    Principal photography started in the Karlovy Vary region at the beginning of August 2016 . „It is the most active seismic area in the country. Small earthquakes often take place there, especially between Karlovy Vary and Sokolov. These motifs are used in the film to amplify the feeling of psychological stress," explains the director.

    The film stars Jana Plodková, who told the Czech media. "I'm quite glad that we are shooting now, when I do not have a family yet, because then it would hardly be possible for me to play this distant relationship to the baby“ .

    The project participated in the MIDPOINT workshop in 2014 and one of its tutors, Milena Jelinek, took active part in the script development. Tuka, who did not succeed to get support from the State Cinematography Fund, didn´t want to wait any longer and decided to partly finance the film himself. Regional Karlovy Vary Film Office is also supporting.

    The release is expected for summer 2017.

    Production Information:

    Cinema Belongs to Us
    Benediktská 690/7
    Staré Město, 110 00
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    Director: Josef Tuka
    Scriptwriters: Josef Tuka in cooperation with Milena Jelinek
    DoP: Jan Cabalka
    Cast: Jana Plodková, Anna Cónová, Luboš Veselý