Archive of films Tongue Twister / Jazykolam

Czech Republic
2014, 6 min

Section: Imagina
Year: 2014

We see recording tape and hear a man’s voice reading a tongue twister. And we also see a sound engineer cutting out the mistakes with sure-handed movements. But we are never allowed to hear the corrected recording. An excursion inside a radio studio that hides more than just analog magic.


Legendary radio technician and sound engineer Jitka Borkovcová stands in front of an editing table playing back a monotone tape recording. A man’s voice reads a tongue twister over and over until slips, mistakes, and stammering begin to interrupt the apparent monotony. At that point the sound engineer stops the recording, rewinds the tape, and removes the errors. A flawless recording slowly winds onto the right-hand reel, but we are not allowed to hear it. This 16 mm movie takes a look inside a radio studio to reveal the magic of techniques that have ceased to fill the bill.

About the director

Roman Štětina (b. 1986, Kadaň, Czechoslovakia) studied with Michal Pěchouček at the Institute of Art and Design, Plzeň (2009), and is currently a student in Tomáš Vaněk’s studio at Prague’s Academy of Fine Arts (AVU) and a guest student in Judith Hopf’s studio at Städelschule, Frankfurt. He often draws on the world of radio broadcasting in his work. KVIFF presented his short film Talking About Art (2012). In 2014 he was nominated for the Jindřich Chalupecký Award. He is a member of the synthpop duo Palermo.


Polansky Gallery
Veletržní 45, 170 00, Praha
Czech Republic

About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Imagina
Director: Roman Štětina
Screenplay: Roman Štětina
Dir. of Photography: Marek Dvořák
Editor: Roman Štětina
Cast: Jitka Borkovcová, Tomáš Černý
Contact: Polansky Gallery


Roman Štětina

Film Director


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