Film & Sociology has made from its establishment in 1991 more than 170 documentary films directed by the leading Czech documentary filmmakers.

 

Film & Sociology  is the producer of the film Citizen Havel - the most successful documentary film on the Czech cinema circuit since 1989.

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2005

Love Your Enemies

The story of a Swiss woman and a Czech who not only changed the lives of hundreds of people but also their outlook on life.
Přemysl Pitter (1895-1976) and Olga Fierz (1900-1990) rescued over 800 Jewish and German children from German concentration camps and Czech detention centres after the Second World War. For many of these children, their encounter with Přemysl and Olga was a decisive moment which predetermined their future life, choice of profession and also their spiritual orientation.
Directed by: Tomáš Škrdlandt
Script: Tomáš Škrdlandt
DOP: Tomáš Škrdlandt
Music: Jiří Strohner
Sound: Petr Šoltys
Edited by: Vladimíra Wildová
Original idea: Tomáš Škrdlant
Running time: 76 min
Year of production: 2005
   

It’s spring in Prague every year / It’s the Prague Spring every year, Opus No. 1

Someone has to stand in front of the viola, behind the viola, I want to start playing now. A peep under the skirt of classical music with Pavel Koutecký’s film crew.
Sex, faith, children, the poetry of ordinary things and the voices of angels. Or, put another way: the orchestra as a big circus, conducting as provoking people to the very edge, the solo as communication with a partner. Or put yet another way: seeking a link with the past, the endeavour to achieve (elusive) perfection, the struggle with unforeseen obstacles.
What is a music festival: Ladies in front of their dressing-table mirror? The feeling that you were (together with others) actually there? The concentration of exceptional people and exceptional feats? An opportunity for discovery, for experiences, for encounters?
Something noble yet languishing on the fringes of society’s interest? The culmination of long-term, difficult work?
It’s spring in Prague every year is a project which dismantles the stereotypes associated with the presentation of so-called serious music in the media. A certain rigidity, tedium and overwrought officialdom create a barrier between this sphere and the general public.
Opus No. 1 consists of two principal lines and two secondary themes. Encounter – two clarinetists. A Czech and Israeli clarinetist rehearse a double concerto. First, they sing it to each other down the telephone and email photos of the dresses ... Then they get together and discover that each has been practising a different version of the work.
Oratorio – Conductor, soloists and the others. Getting ready to perform Dvořák’s St Ludmila, from the soloists’ piano rehearsals through to the full rehearsal. We have the fulfilment of the conductor’s vision right before our eyes – and our ears.
BBC orchestra – moving the circus. What does it mean to shift a full orchestra from one place to the next, and what is it like to play every day in a different concert hall and sleep in a different bed.
Ebony Orchestra – civility, peculiarity, obscenity…? In a contrapuntal blend with the stately oratorio, we are given three chapters about a concert held in honour of E.F. Burian.
Directed by: Pavel Koutecký
Script: Pavel Koutecký
DOP: Stano Slušný
Sound: Zdeněk Taubler
Dramaturgy: Hana Stibralová
Original idea: Pavel Koutecký
Running time: 58 min
Year of production: 2005
   

God’s Stone Quarry (One Year in North Bohemia)

The devil does what he likes with us, but crystalline rock is eternal. A film about the quest for happiness in a hapless landscape.
For someone, it’s Gott, for another, it’s Satan. I put sugar in my coffee. Each has his own truths, even the crystalline rock in the Krušné Hory mountains. The buzzard snatched the young hare and the spider lies in wait for the fly. Bulls will end up in the goulash. The sportsman wants to win, the horse wants to win, wine-growers want to win, and President Klaus wants to win. I’ll tell on the birds in the heavens, but the energy industry must always remain a serious issue. You let someone into your home, you don’t even know who they are, and they cause you harm. The devil manipulates people, but crystalline rock is everlasting. A film by Břetislav Rychlík about the quest for happiness among the slapheaps.
From Easter 2003 to Easter 2004, the following people worked, lived, sang and spoke to us: Ing. Vladimír Petrovský, mining engineer, Most; Jan Rajter, farmer, Moravěves; Ing. Ivan Váňa, vintner, Most; Radek Fridrich, poet, Děčín; Vladimír Buřt, civil engineer, Horní Jiřetín; Eva Mikšová, unemployed, Litvínov – Janov; Karel Dzurko, unemployed, Litvínov - Janov; Karel Žídek, Jiří Jindra, Pavel Urbáček – members of heavy-metal bands, Litvínov - Janov; Dekubit and Děti, heavy-metal bands, Litvínov – Janov
The film was made with the financial support of the State fund of the Czech Republic for the support and development of Czech cinematography.
Directed by: Břetislav Rychlík
Script: Břetislav Rychlík
DOP: Martin Duba
Sound: Vladimír Chrastil
Edited by: Tonička Janková
Dramaturgy: Jan Gogola ml.
Original idea: Břetislav Rychlík
Running time: 88 min
Year of production: 2005
   

Co znamená demokracie

Jak lze nalézat společnou řeč mezi radnicí a občany. Víte co je občanská participace? Občané a radnice ve městech Chebu, Vansdorfu, Zlíně, v pražských Řepích to již vědí a vyzkoušeli si ji, řešili problémy svých měst společně.
Režie: Petr Slavík
Kamera: Rober Novák, Petr Slavík
Zvuk: Jan Valouch
Střih: Vladimír Bezděk
Dramaturgie: Hana Stibralová
Námět: Petr Slavík
Výkonná produkce: Nataša Slavíková
Producent: Jarmila Poláková
Rok výroby: 2005
Formát: Video
Stopáž: 58 min
První uvedení: 1. května 2005

 

   
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