Archive of films Nothing Like Before / Nic jako dřív

Czech Republic
2017, 92 min

Section: Czech Films 2017–2018
Year: 2018

“We got nothing to complain about; other places it’s even worse” – or so goes the standard mantra repeated by teenagers in the border town of Varnsdorf. Employing uncommonly intimate detail, Lukáš Kokeš and Klára Tasovská’s documentary looks into the problems that plague teenagers living on the social fringes – problems often unseen by the rest of the country.


Teo, Renata, Anička, and Nikola. These four teenagers attend high school in the border town of Varnsdorf – and borderline describes the situations they face in Lukáš Kokeš and Klára Tasovská’s documentary. Graduating isn’t their only upcoming turning point: their personal lives are changing and some of them are planning their first trip abroad. The documentarists don’t intervene in front of the camera in any way, choosing instead to observe their subjects in intimate, formally polished detail. For the viewers this is an enriching, empathetic look that goes beyond short-sighted pronouncements about “wasted youth,” while also investigating forgotten localities whose unsolved problems are responsible for the turbulent social climate.

Jan Škoda

About the director

Lukáš Kokeš (b. 1983). Selected filmography: Redemption Attempt of TV Repairman Josef Lávička in Nine Scenes (2008), 59-184-84 (2009), Fortress (2012), Czech Journal (2013), Gottland (2014)

Klára Tasovská (b. 1980). Selected filmography: Baníček (2006), Vračka (A Scrap, 2007), Tree (2007), Reconstruction (2007), HaCan (2008), Memory Recall (2008), Midnight (2010), Fortress (2012), Gottland (2014)


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Czech Films 2017–2018
Director: Klára Tasovská, Lukáš Kokeš
Screenplay: Lukáš Kokeš, Klára Tasovská
Dir. of Photography: Lukáš Kokeš
Music: dné
Editor: Klára Tasovská
Producer: Pavla Janoušková Kubečková, Tomáš Hrubý
Production: nutprodukce
Coproduction: HBO Europe
Sales: Syndicado
Distributor: Asociace českých filmových klubů


Klára Tasovská

Film Director / Producer

Lukáš Kokeš

Film Director, Film Director

Pavla Janoušková Kubečková


Kateřina Šafaříková


Alice Teslíková

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