Archive of films Czech Dream / Český sen

Czech Republic
2004, 85 min

Section: Czech Films 2003-2004
Year: 2004

The first Czech reality show which tells the story of an advertisement for a shopping dream-world and its victims, as well as the two young filmmakers who decided to delude thousands of people to obtain footage capturing their final dismay. What was going on around the opening of what has become the legendary fictional hypermarket Czech Dream?


Synopsis

In the last five years, over 125 hypermarkets have opened in the Czech Republic, and the social habits of the Czechs have changed radically. Shopping has ousted other private family activities. This first Czech reality show is a reaction to this. Its authors, Vít Klusák and Filip Remunda, commissioned, in the roles of top managers, a campaign from a well-known advertising agency for the gala opening of the fictional hypermarket, Czech Dream. The campaign included advertising spots on radio and television, 400 illuminated advertising sites, 200,000 fliers with their own production series, advertising jingles, and advertisements in the newspapers and on the internet... On 31 May 2003 several thousand eager citizens arrived at Letňany in Prague where, instead of the longed-for shopping centre with a wide assortment of goods and amazing reductions, they found only giant painted facade. The project even aroused interest abroad; it was reported by leading dailies, film magazines (including Screen International and Variety), radio stations, including the BBC, and internet servers. A opinion poll showed that 18% of consumers still think that the hypermarket Czech Dream exists.

About the director

Vít Klusák (1980) studied photography and is now completing his studies in documentary film at FAMU. Filmography (short films): The Beginning of the World (1999), Shivers Down Your Back (1999), Digestive (1999), Vinegar (2001), Vlast a Burian (2003). As a cameraman he has worked with Vít Janeček and Martin Mareček. He worked with Filip Remunda (1973) on the film A.B.C.D.T.O.P.O.L. Remunda studied electro-technology. He made his first film with an 8mm camera travelling to India and Iran. In 1997 he began to study documentary film at FAMU. As part of his studies he spent a period at the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem and the Zellig Film School in Bolzano. He attracted attention with his short film Village B., which won awards at the IFF in Karlovy Vary 2002 and the FAMU Festival in 2003, and the Don Quixote Award at the Art Film festival in Trenčianské Teplice 2003. He is a co-founder of the Institute of Documentary Film. Filmography (short films): From Bohemia to St Helen (1999), New Names for Old Friends (1999), Hilary and Chris on a Journey (1999), Little Town of Angels (2001), The Collector of Pictures of Our World (2001), Village B. (2002).

Contacts

Česká televize
Kavčí Hory, 140 70, Praha 4
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 261 131 111
E-mail: info@ceskatelevize.cz
www: www.ceskatelevize.cz

FAMU - Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts
Smetanovo nábřeží 2, 116 65, Praha 1
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 234 244 301
Fax: +420 234 244 363
E-mail: famu@famu.cz
www: www.famu.cz

SPI International Czech Republic
Branicka 1950/209, 140 00, Praha 4
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 261 216 318
Fax: +420 261 221 375
E-mail: spi@spi-film.cz
www: www.spi-film.cz

Hypermarket Film s.r.o.
Myslíkova 28, 110 00, Praha 1
Czech Republic
E-mail: filip@remunda.com
www: www.hypermarketfilm.cz

Taskovski Films Ltd.
19-21 Christopher Street, EC2A 2B, London
United Kingdom
Tel: +387 656 520 46
E-mail: info@taskovskifilms.com
www: www.taskovskifilms.com

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Czech Films 2003-2004
   
Director: Filip Remunda, Vít Klusák
Screenplay: Vít Klusák, Filip Remunda
Dir. of Photography: Vít Klusák
Music: Hynek Schneider, Varhan O. Bauer
Editor: Zdeněk Marek
Producer: Vít Klusák, Filip Remunda
Production: Hypermarket Film Ltd., koprodukce / co-production: Česká televize/Czech Television, FAMU
Contact: Česká televize, FAMU - Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts, SPI International Czech Republic, Hypermarket Film s.r.o., Taskovski Films Ltd.

Guests

Filip Remunda

Film Director, Producer

Vít Klusák

Film Director, Producer


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