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Script: Radek Tůma
Photography: Prokop Králíček
Editing: Ondrej Vavrečka
Music: Tony Ducháček, Vratislav Brabenec, Ivan Acher, Janek Palát, Tomáš Zika, Jakub Kabát, Richard Cortéz Etc.
Color: Colour

This film by Radek Tuma (titled Untitled) is a modern lyrical experiment that is fascinating for its formal immediacy and spontaneous expressions of joy when it is emphasizing the sensual aspects of life and a return to nature. Tuma’s film is a sovereign cinematographic space, which, broken up into many chapters, takes an unconventional look at contemporary Czech society. The opening political grotesque on the election of the President is drowned out by the ecstatic ramblings of philosophising (and chattering) fragments turning on the sought-out axis of life and the world, and especially the inward-looking images full of colourful objectivity and charming humour that is elevated to the level of pure poetry.

A joint session of the upper and lower chambers of Parliament jumps quickly about, and soon the composite inflorescence snaps, the lumps of wood speak and water and grass are close to our own bodies. It seems that a vision of reality can be freely associated, as restlessness is the energy of this film, from which images appear suddenly and swiftly intending to occupy every aspect of modern life and in the end subsume themselves.

The director views civilisation, nature, and man in constant flux, in the atomic unity of the human instant and the eternal elements, in the unity of change and duration. He attempts to capture the wonder evoked by nature through the dynamics of poetic images of instinctive metaphor, in which the conscious and subconscious and the world of impressions and visions intersect. The liberating process of creation culminates in the cascades of associative links, where the director dissects the whole into its basic forms and by every means tries to comprehend the internal essence of things, phenomena, and senses.

The constant flux in the film also includes the impression of its incompletion, or more exactly of it being unconcluded. The author speaks about a concert version of the film - next time the film can be played completely differently.

Photo Gallery

FAMU / Czech Republic / www.famu.cz
Festival edition: 2005
Sections: Czech Joy
Exhibition format: 16 mm


The author of the official spot is renowned director Jean-Luc Godard