Date: 22 January 2022 (ended)
Section: DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
Location: Cinema Ambasciatori
Viale XX Settembre, 35, 34126 Trieste TS
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RENÉ – VĚZEŇ SVOBODY
(René – Il prigioniero della libertà / René – The Prisoner of Freedom)
Repubblica Ceca / Czech Republic
2021, HD, col., 102’
v.o. ceca / Czech o.v.
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Sceneggiatura / Screenplay: Helena Třeštíková. Fotografia / Photography: David Cysař. Montaggio / Editing: Jakub Hejna. Musica / Music: Tadeáš Věrčák. Suono / Sound: Richard Müller. Produzione, distribuzione internazionale / Produced by, World Sales: Negativ Film Productions. Coproduzione / Co-produced by: Czech Television.
Documentary filmmaker Helena Třeštíková met René during communism in a juvenile prison. To make the film René (2008), she watched him with a camera for 20 years. In René – The Prisoner of Freedom, we follow René’s life at a fast pace from the film’s premiere in 2008 to the present, as he tries to avoid prison at all costs. At almost 50 years, the neck tattoo “Fuck of People” [sic] is fading. René, an antisocial recidivist with a bright mind, doesn’t want to be behind bars anymore. He wants to live and perhaps even to love.
René – The Prisoner of Freedom premiered at IDFA in Amsterdam.
“On the one hand, René is a man with antisocial experience, but he is also a great intellectual. Therefore, he can reflect upon the prison life experience like few others. And so I perceived him as a character worth watching, even after the premiere of René’s film portrait in 2008. I had no idea what would happen to him because René’s life was a bet on absolute uncertainty. There was only one thing clear: René always generated interesting situations. And this film confirms it.” (H. Třeštíková)
Helena Třeštíková born in 1949, in Prague, is an internationally renowned documentary filmmaker. Třeštíková stands out for her method of “long- term observation film” with whom she made all of her works. Besides the tribute in 2010, the Trieste FF later presented several of her following films.
filmografia scelta / selected filmography
1987 Manželské etudy serie doc. / doc. series 1992-1997 Řekni mi něco o sobě serie doc. / doc. series 1994-1997 Gen a Genus serie doc. / doc. series 1998 Sladké století doc. TV 2001-2002 Ženy na přelomu tisíciletí serie doc. / doc. series 2003 Když musíš tak musíš serie doc. / doc. series 2008 René doc.; Premi / Awards: European Film Academy – Miglior Documentario / Best Documentary 2012 Soukrom vesmír doc. 2013 Život s Kašparem doc. 2016 Zkáza krásou doc. (diretto con / directed with Jakub Hejna) 2017 Strnadovi (A Marriage Story) doc. 2019 Forman vs. Forman (diretto con / directed with Jakub Hejna) 2020 Anny doc. 2021 René – Vězeň svobody (René – The Prisoner of Freedom) doc.