Archive of films Marcela / Marcela
2006, 82 min
Section: Czech Films 2006-2007
Helena Třeštíková began her unique documentary film project in 1980, when Marcela married Jiří at the Old Town Hall. During the ensuing years, this ordinary, socially and privately insecure woman suffered disappointments and a sudden, painful tragedy. Marcela’s story is highly individual, however, behind the scenes, it pieces together an image of the changes in Czech society over the last quarter of a century.
Marcela married Jiří in 1980. She could not foresee that she would have problems with her flat and her mother-in-law, that she would give birth to a daughter and that, two years later, she would divorce. Unravelling before our eyes is the authentic story of an ordinary woman in an inadequate social environment and a less than satisfactory relationship. A big shock awaits her in November 2005 when her 25-year-old daughter Ivanka tragically dies. Documentary filmmaker Helena Třeštíková was at her side even at the most difficult time of her life. After her story was aired in February 2006, television viewers began spontaneously expressing their sympathy… But her story continues. “I rather listen than talk” says Třeštíková, expressing a lasting philosophy which she also applied to the film project begun in the 1980s. Her film traced six newly-wed couples and subsequently grew into something unique: after six short TV films entitled Marriage Etudes (1987), the feature-length documentaries Out of Love (1987) and Looking for Ways (1988) and six hour-long segments Marriage Etudes 20 Years On (2006) came the film Marcela – a highly individual narrative, discreetly mirroring the transformations in Czech society over the last quarter of a century.
About the director
Helena Třeštíková (b. 1949, Prague) studied film direction at FAMU (1974). At the end of 1990 she co-founded the Film & Sociology Foundation and in 1994 the Man and Time Foundation. She has been developing her real-time documentaries, shot over several years, since her student piece The Live Water (1972). She has made over 40 documentaries, the majority concerning human relationships, social problems and women’s issues. Selected filmography: Touch of Light (1979), If Something Needs Our Help – It’s Freedom (1990), Lida Baarova’s Bittersweet Memories, 1996), Excommunicated from Literature (1999), The Sweet Century (1998 – Best Documentary at the KVIFF) and Women at the Turn of the Century (Trapped, 2001 – Special Award as Best Documentary at the KVIFF). Long-term cycles: Tell Me Something About Yourself (begun in 1989), and Marriage Etudes (1987–2006).
About the film
Color, 35 mm
|Section:||Czech Films 2006-2007|
|Dir. of Photography:||Jan Malíř, Miroslav Souček, Vlastimil Hamerník|
|Editor:||Alois Fišárek, Lenka Polesná, Zdenek Patočka|
|Producer:||Kateřina Černá, Pavel Strnad, Anna Becková|
|Contact:||Aerofilms, Taskovski Films Ltd.|
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