Archive of films Film Adventurer Karel Zeman / Filmový dobrodruh Karel Zeman

Czech Republic / Canada
2015, 101 min

Section: Out of the Past
Year: 2015

A delightful documentary on the life and work of an exceptional filmmaker that regales us with interesting facts and skilfully mediates Zeman’s passion for the world of special effects and animation. This resourceful film shows us how his enchanting ideas came to life, and how imagination thrives in conjunction with tireless application.


This documentary portrait focusing on the exceptional Czech master of special effects and animation has everything you’d expect from work in this genre. It begins with his childhood pursuits, then follows his apprenticeship years when he made commercials for Baťa, and continues with his first attempts with puppets. Then we marvel at one major international success after another, each accompanied by comments from the period press and excerpts from the relevant film. Prominent foreign filmmakers speak about their admiration for Zeman, and we hear remarkable testimonies from co-workers and also his daughter Ludmila. Most significant, however, like a colourful and shimmering haze hovering over the film, is the obvious joy Zeman experienced from his work, resolutely seeking solutions where others had declared that it wasn’t possible. Hodan succeeds in relaying Zeman’s energy from the screen to his audience, and anyone who doesn’t believe that sixty years later a group of friends could once again set off in a little boat and journey to the beginning of time is in for a surprise!

Zdena Škapová

About the director

Tomáš Hodan

Tomáš Hodan (b. 1980, Prague) attended various colleges, finally graduating from Zlín Film School (2002). After three short features he turned to documentaries, shooting in countries such as Angola and Afghanistan. He focused for a time on Transcarpathian Ukraine, shooting the short film Zakarpattia Oblast, Rakhiv Raion (Zakarpatská oblast, Rachovský rajon, 2003). There he also shot his first feature-length documentary Half Past Three (Půl čtvrté, 2006), in which he shows that although a country that may seem backward in the eyes of its neighbours, it has plenty of room for quirky characters, satisfying employment and the joys of life. A similarly positive message underlies his vibrant and imaginative portrait of Karel Zeman. Hodan has also taken on the role of cameraman and script editor and has recently worked as a scriptwriter (e.g. the series “Blaník’s Office” / “Kancelář Blaník”). He currently has his own feature film in the pipeline.


Punk Film, s.r.o.
Veslařský ostrov 62, 147 00, Praha 4
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 251 553 992
E-mail: [email protected]

Asociace českých filmových klubů
Stonky 860, 686 01, Uherské Hradiště
Czech Republic
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About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: Out of the Past
Director: Tomáš Hodan
Screenplay:  Ludmila Zeman, Tomáš Hodan, Ondřej Beránek
Dir. of Photography: David Cysař
Editor: Blanka Kulová
Producer: Ondřej Beránek
Production: Punk Film
Coproduction: Česká televize, Prokouk Productions
Contact: Punk Film, s.r.o.
Distributor: Asociace českých filmových klubů


Tomáš Hodan

Ondřej Beránek

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David Cysař

Director of Photography

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PR & Marketing

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Distributor, Festival Organizer


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