Archive of films Return to Adriaport / Návrat do Adriaportu

Czech Republic
2013, 13 min

Section: Imagina
Year: 2014

Are beer and dumplings enough to make Czechoslovaks happy or would it take their own seaside resort to really perk them up? This subversive and entertaining movie draws on an actual project for a tunnel to the Adriatic and an island built using the excavated earth. Did former Czechoslovak President Gustáv Husák really splash in the waves of the Czechoslovak sea?


In the 1960s Karel Žlábek came up with a project for a tunnel, several hundred kilometers long, that served to transport goods to the Adriatic and gave Czechoslovak citizens access to the sea. The excavated earth was used to build an island, but the comrades, headed by President Husák, soon made it off limits and even put the kibosh on the entire project. Strange animals disappeared, as did the memories of several local vacationers and the island’s grandiose structures. This multilevel mockumentary confirms the director’s penchant for events that actually might have happened – even if they didn’t.

About the director

Adéla Babanová

Adéla Babanová (b. 1980, Prague) graduated from the new media studio of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. Thus far, short films with mysterious plots are her trademark, their treatment coming closer to "classic” cinema than to video art. She was a finalist for the Czech National Gallery’s 333 Award and the Jindřich Chalupecký Award. In 2013 KVIFF presented her alternative detective picture I Have a Body There.


Jiří Švestka Gallery Prague
Biskupský dvůr 6, 11000, Praha 1
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 222 311 092
E-mail: [email protected]

About the film


Section: Imagina
Director: Adéla Babanová
Screenplay: Džian Baban, Vojtěch Mašek
Dir. of Photography: Jakub Halousek
Music: Džian Baban
Editor: Adéla Babanová, Hedvika Hansalová
Producer: Adéla Babanová
Cast: Dalimil Klapka, Tomáš Petřík, Filip Kaňkovský
Contact: Jiří Švestka Gallery Prague


Džian Baban



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