Archive of films Olga / Olga
2014, 87 min
Section: Documentary Films - Out of Competition
This gently humorous and, above all, understated portrait of Olga Havlová, with the tagline "Observations of a subject who refused to talk and did just what she wanted,” freely interweaves exclusive archive footage and recollections from friends with excerpts from the files the secret police kept on the former first lady.
After the huge success of Citizen Havel, renowned documentarist Miroslav Janek took up the reigns of both director and DOP and launched into a portrait of former First Lady Olga Havlová. The film bearing the subtitle A report on the observation of a subject who refused to talk and did just what she wanted is not, and doesn’t attempt to be, an exhaustive depiction of the life of Olga Havlová featuring a chronological sequence of events and precise biographical data. Filmmaker Janek instead allows previously unreleased archive footage and photographs to speak freely for themselves, placing emphasis on capturing the spirit of the period and aspects of Havlová’s life that were out of the political limelight. Witty recollections from friends and acquaintances are here intriguingly interwoven with excerpts from files the secret police kept on Havlová. This highly original film, skilfully edited by veteran Tonička Janková, offers a portrait of an exceptional individual who would have turned 81 on 11 July this year. And Ms. Havlová would certainly have been pleased with the result: objective, gently, humorous, sincere and, above all, understated.
About the director
Miroslav Janek (b. 1954, Náchod, Czechoslovakia) began as an amateur filmmaker. In 1980 he emigrated to the USA where he worked with a number of documentarists (e.g. Godfrey Reggio), returning to his native country in the mid-1990s. He enjoyed huge success with The Unseen (1996 – Best Documentary Film Award ex aequo at KVIFF). Janek’s extensive collection of documentaries includes Seven Ten Nečtiny (1993), Baroque Opera (1997), Hamsa, I Am (1999), The Musicians (1999), Crimson Sails (2001), Vierka (2005), Kha-chee-pae (2005), Citizen Havel (2008), The Confessions of Kateryna K. (2008) and Battle for Life (2000), which earned Janek, Roman Vávra and Vít Janeček a special award at Finále Plzeň. In 2012 KVIFF screened his portrait of director Drahomíra Vihanová Burning (2012).
About the film
|Section:||Documentary Films - Out of Competition|
|Dir. of Photography:||Miroslav Janek|
|Production:||Film & Sociologie|
|Coproduction:||Česká televize / Czech Television|
|Contact:||Aerofilms, Film & Sociologie|
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