Archive of films Always Together / Stále spolu
2014, 74 min
Section: Documentary Films - Out of Competition
Director Eva Tomanová’s film, presented in the Competition for First Appearance at the top documentary festival – IDFA in Amsterdam, faithfully captures the life of the 11-member Mlčoch family, who live in primitive conditions in the Bohemian Forest, guided by their father’s extremely rigid view of paternal authority.
25 years ago, Petr Mlčoch, a university graduate from a Plzeň prefab apartment block, decided to take a radical step. He and his new bride Simona moved to a trailer standing in the middle of a Bohemian Forest meadow and began to realize Petr’s dream of a life of complete family freedom, devoid of civilization’s every convenience. Today they have nine children and even a grandchild from their eldest daughter. But their idyllic existence living under primitive conditions amid the enchantments of nature has one fundamental drawback: absolute obedience to and unconditional respect for the highest authority, here represented by the male head of the family. Director Eva Tomanová has known the Mlčochs for almost ten years, and her film, presented in the Competition for First Appearance at the top documentary festival – IDFA in Amsterdam, faithfully captures what it’s like to live with a man who experiments with his own family. Or put another way, to what extent are the restrictions on his children, whose lives are defined by their father’s extremely rigid view of paternal authority, masked by the apparent freedom of a natural life?
About the director
Eva Tomanová (Czechoslovakia) graduated from the Faculty of Social Science, Charles University. While still in school she worked as a TV screenwriter and wrote reports for social dailies. Beginning in 1999 she worked as a reporter and, later, director for TV Nova and for TV Barrandov, creating several shows in her position as editor-in-chief of current affairs. Soon enough, however, she began dedicating all her creative efforts exclusively to directing. She shot a series of documentaries for Febio, docs for Czech Television, and reports for the opinion journalism show “The Reporters of CT.” With Jana Škopková she came up with the idea for the show “Twilight” and then worked on it as script editor and programmer. The documentary Always Together (2014) was presented in the Competition for First Appearance at IDFA and received a nomination for Best Film with three other pictures.
About the film
|Section:||Documentary Films - Out of Competition|
|Dir. of Photography:||Petr Koblovský, Jiří Krejčík, Michal Vojkůvka, Patrik Balonek, Petr Mlčoch|
|Music:||Dva, D&M Krutský, Erik Truffaz Quartet|
|Editor:||Dominik Krutský, Krasimira Velitchkova|
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