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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Four Velvet Men Then and Now

TV mini-series Portraits of four people filmed in the course of twenty turbulent years in the post-communist Czech Republic. Jan Ruml, Michael Kocáb, Kryštof Rímský, Martin Mejstřík – and we all twenty years after Velvet Revolution
Directed by:
Pavel Koutecký, Jan Šikl
Director of photography: Stano Slušný, Vlastimil Hamerník, Martin Řezníček, Jan Šikl
Sound mix: Vladimír Chrastil
Music: Jan Šikl junior
Edited by: Martin Steklý
Dramaturgy: Hana Jemelíková
Original Story: Pavel Koutecký
Executive Producer: Studio KF Jan Krása
Producer: Jarmila Poláková, Film & Sociologie
Release Year: 2010
Formate: Digi Beta, DV Cam
Footage: 4x57 mins
Release Date: 2.11.2010, cinema Světozor
Web page of the movie on sites of Czech TV:
Evoluce 4 z revoluce

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 The films were made with the support of the State Fund for Development and Support of the Czech Cinematography

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In 1989, the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia brought the four heroes of the film to the limelight. Since then, the camera has followed them as they pass through unexpected stages in their post-revolutionary lives. Their personal and family dramas intertwined with their public and political engagements offer a colorfoul picture of the last twenty years in the post-communist Czech Republic.

Director Pavel Koutecký worked on the film from 1990 till 2006. There are five documentaries from this period (After a year, 1990, After a Year and After Another, 1991, After Years, 1994, After Yeras II, 1997, The Solid Point Seekers - A Dozen Years for the Stars of November, 2001. Jan Šikl has been filming since 2008.

The filming was governed by two principles: an open attitude towards everything which fate lays in the hands of the "heroes", and the filmmakers' approach - beginning with the selection of the questions and ending with the choice of the film's means of expression. Above all, however, the filmmakers place emphasis on the paradoxical nature of human existence, the balance between the humorous and the serious, the deliberate exclusion of explicit testimonies of so-called important themes, on playfulness and joy of the picturesque; the project also shows a clear attempt to find authentic essential feelings below the surface, behind the exhibition presented for the camera. The directors use animation in the film which gives it another dimension and dynamism.

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