Archive of films Loyal Guard / Čestná stráž

Czech Republic
2006, 18 min

Section: Cinema Gallery
Year: 2007

A feature story containing a mystery and the subheading “romance from the forbidden zone” (screened at the Rotterdam IFF in 2007), signalling the artist’s shift towards independent cinema with supervised actors and genre approaches.


Artist Michal Pěchouček has used image sequences in his work since way back, initially in the form of photo-stories and picture novellas. His earlier video Pram Room (Kočárkárna) formally thematises the film strip, but he transfers its movement to the vertical position of an “unending lift”. The feature mystery story Loyal Guard (screened at the Rotterdam IFF in 2007), however, signals a shift towards independent cinema with supervised actors and genre approaches. The film (together with Pram Room) is presented as part of the series Loyal Guard: New Czech Videoart.

About the director

Michal Pěchouček (b. 1973) is a key figure in contemporary Czech video, moving between gallery artefacts and independent film. “The videos, which I call films, depict a simple story with an ambiguous outcome. I generally animated the static image of photographs, but also inched towards the border of silent feature film.” Winner of the Jindřich Chalupecký Prize (2003).

About the film

Color, BETA SP

Section: Cinema Gallery
Director: Michal Pěchouček
Screenplay: Michal Pěchouček
Editor: Jiří Vyhnal
Cast: Daniela Voráčková, Matyas Schenker, Philipp Schenker


Michal Pěchouček

Actor / Film Director


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