MILAN KUNDERA: From The Joke to Insignificance
(Milan Kundera: da Lo scherzo all’insignificanza)
Repubblica Ceca / Czech Republic
2021, HD, col. & b-n / b-w, 95’
v.o. ceca – francese / Czech – French o.v.
Sceneggiatura / Screenplay: Miloslav Šmídmajer, Jakub Vansa. Fotografia / Photography: Miroslav Souček. Montaggio / Editing: Jakub Vansa. Suono / Sound: Štĕpán Mamula, Martin Dušek, Radovan Kramář. Musica / Music: Petr Malásek. Interpreti / Cast: Jiří Bartoška, Milan Uhde, Yasmina Reza, Bernard-Henri Lévy, Jean-Claude Carrière, Jean-Paul Enthoven, Alain Finkielkraut, Florence Noiville, Antoine Gallimard e altri / and others. Produzione / Produced by: Bio Illusion. Coproduzione / Co-produced by: Czech Television, TV Studio Plus. Con il sostegno di / Supported by: Czech Film Fund. Distribuzione internazionale / World Sales: Wide.
Milan Kundera is shrouded in mystery. He has not given an interview in 30 years and doesn’t appear in public, so we must learn about him from his work. His essays and philosophical discursions within his novels reveal a lot. Besides other, the film will ask: What in Kundera’s work got him the status of a legendary author? What is so unique about his books? Helping us craft the storyline is a student who has a fantastic opportunity to do an interview with Kundera! After weeks of waiting in a café outside Kundera’s house, reading his novels, the student soon starts to identify with some of the author’s ideas. Through this, we are able to learn more about the message of Kundera’s work, how and why his stories still move us and compel us not only to think about the protagonist, but about ourselves.
Miloslav Šmídmajer was born in 1959 in Litoměřice, now Czech Republic. After his graduation, he started working for Czech Television for which he shot his very first documentary about Miloš Forman in 1990. In 2003 he founded the production and distribution company Bio Illusion.
filmografia scelta / selected filmography
1995 Vidím svět jako bílý autobus TV doc. 1996 Povolání kameraman doc. 1997 Výlety Miroslava Horníčk doc. 1998 Prostory Theodora Pištěka doc. 2000 Radost s krátkým dechem doc. 2004 Adriana doc. 2009 Miloš Forman: Co tě nezabije… doc. 2011 Nazareth – Nekonečný rockový mejdan doc.; Probudím se včera; Celebrity s.r.o. 2017 Miluji tě modře 2021 Milan Kundera: Od Žertu k bezvýznamnosti (Milan Kundera: From The Joke to Insignificance) doc.