Tears of Steel: Vladimír Stehlík Meets Lubomír Krystlík

Ocelové slzy aneb Cesta Vladimíra Stehlíka za Lubomírem Krystlíkem

Ocelové slzy aneb Cesta Vladimíra Stehlíka za Lubomírem Krystlíkem

Photography: Jan Šípek
Editing: Ilona Malá
Sound: Barbora Hovorková
Producer, Co-producer: Petr Kubica (Česká televize)
Color: Colour
Language: Czech

The privatization and bankruptcy of the famous Poldi Kladno steel mill in the 1990s long left its mark on Czech society and the media. The FAMU graduate film returns to the affair many years later from the point of view of its main actors: Poldi Kladno’s CEO Vladimír Stehlík and his personal advisor Lubomír Krystlík. By juxtaposing their remarks with archival television videos, the film provides a humorous look at the ups and downs of two men who contributed extensively to building capitalism in post-1989 Bohemia and who are now learning the art of aging on their meager pensions.

“You have to turn it into a show. Otherwise nobody will find it interesting. Also, there is no point in returning to the past. Document it and enough.” “And how should we turn it into a show?” “For instance by taking a picture of Stehlík’s teeth.”


Tomáš Potočný (1981) studied sociology at Brno’s Masaryk University, followed by documentary film at FAMU. He has worked for Czech Television, the People in Need Foundation, and the One World Film Festival. The Jihlava IDFF has previously shown his films OO or The Journals of Milada (2008) about a retired woman working as a public toilet attendant and Ice-land (Last Trip) (2009), a meditation on the meaning of traveling to the Nordic island nation.

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Česká televize / Kavčí Hory / 140 70 / Prague 4 / Czech Republic /  +420 261 132 672 / www.ceskatelevize.cz
Festival edition: 2015
Sections: Czech Joy
Premiere Type: World Premiere
Awards: Special Mention of the Czech Joy Jury
Subtitle languages: No Subtitles
01.11.2015 19:30
30.10.2015 11:00


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