Archive of films Show! / Show!

Czech Republic
2013, 69 min

Section: Documentary Films - Out of Competition
Year: 2014

The girl band 5Angels, rigorously managed by the ambitious father of one of the singers, is aiming for the highest echelons of Czech showbiz. This unflattering report from the world of glitz, where extra pounds are simply not an option, demonstrates that the road to success demands resourceful marketing and the goodwill of the tabloids.


Synopsis

Seven years ago the girl band 5Angels, founded by Michal Mertl, father of one of the singers, set out to conquer the world of show business. Bohdan Bláhovec followed their progress for over a year. He demonstrates that to attain the highest echelons of showbiz, or success via top-selling albums and mega audience figures, simply requires a clever marketing strategy and tabloid goodwill. While this study of teen pop bands doesn’t directly judge any of the participants involved, the account of the entertainment industry ends up extremely unflattering. The movie also holds a mirror up to an ambitious man who controls his protégées with an iron fist without realising that he has suppressed his paternal feelings in favour of a professional relationship between manager and singer. What are parents prepared to sacrifice in their children’s lives in order to fulfil their own ambitions? And how are the girls themselves faring in the hypocritical, glitzy environment where they can’t put on a single ounce? This extraordinarily successful graduate film by a talented Czech director supplies the answers.

About the director

Bohdan Bláhovec (b. 1984, Plzeň, Czechoslovakia) acquired his Bachelor’s degree in documentary filmmaking at FAMU, where he is currently completing his Master’s. His student films Who Wants to Kill Ashley (Kdo chce zabít Ashley, 2007) and About the House (O domě, 2009) were presented at several Czech festivals; the former won Best Documentary at Famufest and received a Jury Special Mention at Plzeň’s Finále. Last year, Bláhovec finished his graduate film Show!, which went on to win the Audience Award at the Jihlava documentary FF (MFDF) and a Czech Film Critics’ Award for Best Documentary. Apart from his film work, the young director is also a Czech pioneer in the art of slam poetry.

Contacts

Nutprodukce
Mánesova 49, 120 00, Praha 2
Czech Republic
E-mail: info@nutprodukce.cz
www: www.nutprodukce.cz

Asociace českých filmových klubů
Stonky 860, 686 01, Uherské Hradiště
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 572 501 989
Fax: +420 572 501 400
E-mail: produkce@acfk.cz
www: www.acfk.cz

About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Documentary Films - Out of Competition
   
Director: Bohdan Bláhovec
Screenplay: Bohdan Bláhovec
Dir. of Photography: Prokop Souček, Marek Dvořák, Šimon Dvořáček
Editor: Šimon Hájek
Producer: Pavla Kubečková
Production: Nutprodukce
Coproduction: Česká televize / Czech Television, Studio FAMU
Contact: Nutprodukce, Asociace českých filmových klubů
Distributor: Asociace českých filmových klubů

Guests

Bohdan Bláhovec

Film Director

Pavla Janoušková Kubečková

Producer


Jan Jílek

Festival Organizer

Kateřina Šafaříková

Producer


Peter Badač

Producer

Tomáš Hrubý

Producer


Iva Hejlíčková

Festival Organizer

Radana Korená

Festival Organizer, Distributor


Michal Surma

Festival Organizer, Distributor

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