Archive of films Life with Jester / Život s Kašparem
2013, 86 min
Section: Documentary Films - Out of Competition
This almost painfully sincere real-time documentary by Helena Třeštíková captures 23 years in the life of Jakub Špalek, a unique figure in Czech theatre, whose infinite love for the stage gradually became an obsession which had a fundamental impact on his private life.
This year Helena Třeštíková sent into distribution two more of her real-time documentaries: alongside the film Vojta Lavička: Up and Down, she offers us a portrait of Jakub Špalek a unique figure in Czech theatre. The shoot began in the autumn of 1989, when Špalek was one of the student leaders of the Velvet Revolution. Even back then he dreamt of establishing his own theatre, and it wasn’t long before the Jester theatre company was born. Over the years, however, his love for the theatre became an obsession which took its toll on his private life. Yet, without this obsession, would it have been possible to stage more than 500 performances a year, support the troupe from his own pocket, and keep its collective head above water while the subsidies petered out? This, at times, almost painfully sincere film about the need to find a balance between personal freedom, responsibility for others, artistic principles, and the desire for professional independence reflects twenty-three years in the life of someone utterly devoted to the theatre.
About the director
Helena Třeštíková (b. 1949, Prague) studied direction at FAMU (1974). In late 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 college piece Live Water (1972). She has made over 40 documentaries, the majority concerning human relationships, social problems and women’s issues, among them The Sweet Century (1998 – Best Documentary at KVIFF) and Women at the Turn of the Century, including the portrait of a female junkie Trapped (2001 – Special Mention at KVIFF). Long-term series: Tell Me Something About Yourself (since 1989) and Marriage Etudes (1987–2006). Karlovy Vary has also screened the documentaries Marcela (2006), René (2008 – awarded the European Film Academy’s Prix Arte for Best European Documentary), Katka (2010) and Private Universe (2012).
About the film
|Section:||Documentary Films - Out of Competition|
|Dir. of Photography:||Jiří Chod|
|Production:||Produkce Třeštíková s.r.o.|
|Contact:||Produkce Třeštíková s.r.o., Aerofilms|
Film Director, Producer
Film Editor, Film Director