The First Years

Les premières Années

Prvá léta

Script: Marion Michelle
Photography: Zachari Jandov, Ivan Frič, Vladyslav Forbert
Editing: Karel Hoeschl, Joris Ivens
Sound: Emil Poledník
Music: Jan Kapr
Producer, Co-producer: Joris Ivens, Jaroslav Jílovec, Nikolai Tankov
Color: Black and white
Language: English
This look at life in the post-war years in Czechoslovakia, Poland and Bulgaria was originally intended to be tetralogy. However, as a result of the break between Stalin and Tito, the fourth episode about Yugoslavia was never made. The part about Czechoslovakia is a reflection on our country’s history from the 15th century to 1918, and includes the story of Baťa’s factories.

“We’ll meet in the ring for celluloid fighters. This was and is the most complicated film I have ever made. I have resolved never to shoot such a film or to work in this way again.” Joris Ivens

Photo Gallery

EYE Film Institute Netherlands / Marleen Labijt / IJpromenade 1 / 1031 KT / Amsterdam / The Netherlands / +31 207 582 375 / /
Festival edition: 2015
Sections: Tribute: Joris Ivens
Exhibition format: 35 mm
30.10.2015 23:00


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