Archive of films How Close to It I Am / Jak blízko tomu jsem

Czech Republic
2016, 34 min

Section: Czech Films 2016–2017

Work, friends, home. What constitutes mind-numbing routine for some people is, for 26-year-old Petr, an opportunity to contemplate the everyday life around him. In Václav Hrzina’s film this young man will perhaps never say what he really wants but, occasionally, in the silence, you can hear what he’s thinking.


Twenty-six-year-old Petr lives in Prague, where he works for a decorating firm. He spends his free time with friends, mostly chatting about ordinary things. It’s a quiet life and there’s not much that ruffles his feathers. But Petr doesn’t really mind; he’s content in his role as a perceptive observer of the familiar city around him. By monitoring apparently trivial episodes, director Václav Hrzina pieces together an image of a young man who perhaps will never say what he really wants. But occasionally, in the silence, you can hear what he’s thinking.

Jan Škoda

About the director

Václav Hrzina (b. 1975) studied film direction at Prague’s FAMU, graduating in 2016. At college he made several short and medium-length films, such as The Wish (2008) and Moment of Absence (2011). He was involved in feature films by colleagues Tomasz Mielnik (Journey to Rome, 2015) and Vít Zapletal (Dust of the Ground, 2015). He finished up his film course with How Close to It I Am.


Eva Pavlíčková


About the film


Section: Czech Films 2016–2017
Director: Václav Hrzina
Screenplay: Václav Hrzina
Dir. of Photography: Martin Tichovský
Editor: Nikol Hálová
Art Director: Filip Novotný
Producer: Ondřej Šejnoha, Eva Pavlíčková
Production: Studio FAMU
Cast: Pavel Neškudla, Kamila Janovičová, Filip Březina, Josef Láska
Contact: Eva Pavlíčková


Václav Hrzina


Pavel Neškudla


Eva Pavlíčková

Michael Kaboš

Director of Photography

Adam Voneš


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