Archive of films Imprisoned / Vězení

Czech Republic
2016, 27 min

Section: Future Frames: Ten New Filmmakers To Follow

An offer of a job as a prison educator could help unemployed teacher Jakub resolve a difficult family situation. His father-in-law exacerbates his already low self-confidence, and the man most certainly imagined a different kind of son-in-law. The claustrophobic feelings Jakub experiences at the prison, however, lead him to a single question: Does he want to control others the rest of his life or be controlled by them?


Jakub lost his job as a teacher, and unemployment only increases his nagging doubts of inadequacy, which are certainly not allayed by his father-in-law. The latter imagined someone better for his daughter, and he never lets an opportunity slip by to make this perfectly clear. A job offer as a prison educator may at least partially resolve existential and familial tensions, but Jakub must answer a fundamental question: Will he control others and be controlled by them? The claustrophobic feelings from the prison visit in no way differ from the hopelessness dominating his own life, and the decision isn’t easy…

Anna Purkrábková

About the director

Damián Vondrášek (b. 1991, Prague) is studying direction at Prague’s Film Academy (FAMU). He was already making movies before entering school; his short work In the Rain (2014) screened at the 10th Prague Short Film Festival. Together (2015) took best director at Famufest 2015. Imprisoned (2016) was nominated for the Magnesia Award for Best Student Film (presented during the Czech Lion Awards).


Czech Film Center
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Czech Republic
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Damián Vondrášek
Čs. armády 12, 16000, Praha 6
Czech Republic

About the film


Section: Future Frames: Ten New Filmmakers To Follow
Director: Damián Vondrášek
Screenplay: Damián Vondrášek
Dir. of Photography: Filip Marek
Editor: Jakub Podmanický
Art Director: Stella Šonková
Producer: Martina Netíková
Production: The Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague
Cast: Jakub Koudela, Veronika Lazorčáková, Michaela Procházková, Tomáš Borůvka
Contact: Czech Film Center , Damián Vondrášek


Damián Vondrášek

Film Director

Martina Netíková

Other, Producer

Markéta Šantrochová

Film Institution Rep.


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