You can’t take my film away from me, can you, can you?

Festival dok.revue: second issue

Czech Journal: Don’t Take My Life (Andrea Culková, 2016)

The festival is on the brink of passing its halfway mark. Arriving to attend the masterclasses are Philip Zimbardo, Mike Bonanno and Rebecca O'Brien.

Today on the program line-up we have another world premiere of a film from the Czech Joy section, apart from a sensitively created insight into the sex lives of the handicapped, Love Me if You Can, and the hazy essays of Martin Ryšavý, Blind Gulliver, the two latest additions to the Czech Journal are also on the agenda. Adele Komrzý will introduce Teaching War and Andrea Culková will present Don’t Take My Life.

One day, documentarian Andrea Culková found out that she was facing attachment of assets because of a minor error that she learnt about too late. Her documentary episode of the Czech Journal series with a prosaic title Don’t Take My Life recounts her own story. She interviews various actors in the field, from debtors through distrainers to the Minister of Justice. “You can’t take my film away from me, can you?!” says Andrea Culková defending herself. One of the 13 nominees vying for the Best Czech Documentary Film Award will be screened in its world premiere at 4:30 PM on Thursday, October 27 in DKO. The subsequent Q&A will be attended by the president of the Czech Chamber of Court Executors Pavla Fučíková and one of the film’s protagonists Jiří Pospíšil.

October 27, 2016

from current issue:

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