Archive of films Fortress / Pevnost
2012, 70 min
Section: Czech Films 2012–2013
Half a million inhabitants who need multiple passports in order to travel. A president who announces a policy of "stable changes.” A strange post-communist twilight – and all this in the Europe of 2012. This documentary, shot in the Pridnestrovie region without due permission, is one of the most noteworthy Czech films of recent years.
The air is heavy with danger but in reality it’s nothing. Pridnestrovie is a remarkable country about whose very existence most Europeans are completely unaware. Its inhabitants are formally Moldovans but they are also citizens of this autonomous republic. And that’s precisely where two documentarists, disguised as tourists, set out to quietly capture an exceptionally eloquent narrative about a land where old-timers run a risk in returning to the years before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The filmmakers, however, never resort to the cheap exoticism that the bizarre realities of life here might elicit from others in their trade. They instead reveal an interest in the local residents as they seek to describe what the future holds. Despite discussing the sorrow of the isolation they felt while filming and the numerous questions that arise, the directing duo finds sincere contentment among the citizens of Pridnestrovie. How free are the half-million inhabitants of this remote country? Is life there as demoralizing as the pervasive grayness and palpable lack of energy would indicate? And will the presidential election provoke at least a modicum of joy?
About the director
Lukáš Kokeš (b. 1983), cameraman and director, studied at Charles University’s Humanities Faculty; now he is finishing up at Prague’s Film Academy. His early short films aroused interest at Czech and foreign festivals. For the series "Czech Journal” he directed the documentary Bootleg Republic (Pančovaná republika, 2013), and he works with Czech Television on other projects as well. The directors’ cooperative effort Fortress is their greatest success to date (screened at prestigious festivals in Copenhagen and Helsinki, among others). Klára Tasovská (b. 1980, Třebíč, Czechoslovakia), director, came up with the story for the film. She is a graduate of the New Media studio of Prague’s Academy of Fine Arts, and is currently completing her studies in documentary filmmaking at Prague’s Film Academy. Her medium-length movie Midnight (Půlnoc, 2010) was well-received at festivals around the world. She has cooperated with Czech Television for a number of years.
About the film
|Section:||Czech Films 2012–2013|
|Director:||Lukáš Kokeš, Klára Tasovská|
|Screenplay:||Klára Tasovská, Lukáš Kokeš|
|Dir. of Photography:||Lukáš Kokeš|
|Editor:||Klára Tasovská, Lukáš Kokeš|
|Producer:||Pavla Kubečková, Tomáš Hrubý|
|Contact:||Taskovski Films Ltd., Artcam Films|
Film Director, Film Director
Film Director / Producer
Festival Organizer, Film Institution Rep.
Pavla Janoušková Kubečková