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Director
Václav Kadrnka

Filmography
2002 Lidé z autobusů/Passengers (short)
2009 Druhý život dřeva/Elegy of Wood (short)
2011 Osmdesát dopisů/Eighty Letters

Biography
He was born in 1973 in Czechoslovakia. In 1988, he emigrated with his mother to the UK to join his father, who had defected to the West because of the Communist regime. He returned to Czechoslovakia in 1993. He worked as an assistant director to Vojtěch Jasný. From 1999 till 2008 he studied film directing at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague. His student films have screened at many international film festivals and won awards both at home and abroad. Eighty Letters is his feature debut.

International Competition

Eighty Letters / Václav Kadrnka

Visibly –and effectively– taking its cue from the Romanian New Wave in its aesthetic and philosophical approach to its subject, the film follows teenage Vacek and his mother on a day’s bureaucratic journey. It is 1987 in communist Czechoslovakia and they are trying to obtain permissions for relocation to the UK, where his father lives. The day is spent in and out of offices, running errands, getting documents stamped; often, Vacek, whose viewpoint informs the film, waits, doing nothing but observing the various minutiae of daily life. The interminable monotony of these procedures is interrupted by the letters his mother writes to his father. Her loving words, teeming with familiarity and longing, provide a tender core in a film that is unflinchingly honest and pragmatist.


Director:Václav Kadrnka
Script:Jiří Soukup, Václav Kadrnka
Cinematography:Braňo Pažitka
Editing:Pavel Kolaja
Sound:Jan Čeněk
Art Direction:Zdeněk Eliáš
Costumes:Veronika Krahulíková, Lenka Chroboková
With:Zuzana Lapčíková (mother), Martin Pavluš (son), Gerald Turner (Englishman), Andrea Miltner (Englishwoman), Martin Vrtáček (doctor), Radoslav Šopík (officer), František Březík (man in waiting room)
World Sales:Alice Tabery Τ. +420 732 883 260 tabery.alice@gmail.com
Production Design:Simona Kadrnková
Producer:Václav Kadrnka
Production:Václav Kadrnka, Czech Republic T. +420 603 273 758 info@vaclavkadrnka.com www.vaclavkadrnka.com
Production Country:Czech Republic
Co-production:Cinepost (Czech Republic), Bystrouška Studio Zvuků, (Czech Republic)
Format:35mm Color
Duration:75'
Production Year:2011
Golden Kingfisher Award for Best Feature Film - Festival of Czech Films
Screening Schedule
OLYMPION:Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 22:45 | ID:616
FRIDA LIAPPA:Friday, November 11, 2011 - 20:15 | ID:745
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