Czech Republic 2019, 78 min, Russian, Czech and Ukrainian, Hebrew & English subtitles

At first, they were almost a picture-perfect family: mother, father and two children – a boy and a girl. But then a wide gap opened up between two worldviews and tore the family in two. Mother and daughter now live in Russia, while father and son are in the Czech Republic. They are separated by 2,852 kilometers and more: by barriers of religion, language and culture.
After years of almost no contact between the two sides of the broken family, Vít decides to take his son Grisha and set out in search of Grisha’s mother and sister. In their rickety old car, the two travel through endless dirt roads and remote villages. The journey brings them closer together, forcing them to reexamine their relationship and find the real reasons to why their family fell apart.
With the support of the Czech Centre Tel Aviv.

Previous Festivals: Karlovy Vary


  • The film will be available until September 30th

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Director: Martin Mareček
Production: Petr Oukropec, Tereza Polachová, Hanka Kastelicová
Production Company: Negativ Film Productions, Hbo Europe
Script: Martin Mareček, Tomáš Bojar
Editing: Josef Krajbich
Cinematography: Jiří Málek
Sound Design: Viktor Ekrt, Adam Levý

Source: Negativ

Supporters & Broadcasters: Czech Centre Tel Aviv


After finishing grammar school (1992), Martin Mareček started cultural studies at the Philosophical Faculty at Prague’s Charles University which he never finished but went on to graduate from the Department of Documentary Film at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) (2002). His school films were unique for their original approach, employing the effective idea not for the sake of its own but to reach the substance of the given phenomenon. That is the case of the partial mystification Maple '98 (1998) about a young man working as a theatre extra and planning to encircle Prague by trees, or the film Egg Methods (1999) about the background of then well-known dating agencies. Both films were awarded at FAMU. In his documentary filmmaking, he focuses on the “ecology of the spirit”, the role of the non-profit sector, and the chance of the individual to shift or even change the world of today. These interests culminated in his three principal feature-length projects Dust Games (2001), Source (2005) and AutoMat (2009). Capturing the events of the annual meeting of the IMF and the World Bank in Prague, the film Dust Games, with its authenticity, immediacy and remarkable original approach, became the Best Czech Documentary Film at the Jihlava IDFF, also earning the Audience Award there, scoring at the EFF ECOCINEMA in Greece as the Best TV Report (2002) and at the IFF Fairport in the UK as the Best Documentary Film (2003). With its investigative methods, the film Source unexpectedly got to the core of the problem of human rights in connection with oil production in impoverished Azerbaijan. By means of action analysis of a concrete situation, it witnesses the paradoxes and the imbalance of the world of today. The film earned over 20 awards at international film festivals, a.o. the Audience Award and Special Jury Award at the One World IFF 2005, the Grand Prix at Ekofilm 2004, the MDR Award for the Best Eastern European Documentary at the IFF DokFest Leipzig (2005), Czech Critics’ Kristián Award 2005 for the Best Czech Documentary, the Special Jury Award at the IFF Trento in Italy (2006), and the Radio and Television Station Yugoria’s Award at the Russian IFF Save and Preserve Khanty-Mansiysk (Siberia). Automat, the latest film by Martin Mareček, corresponds with his previous films in spirit. It engages in rethinking the so-called individual mobility, looking for alternatives of natural limitation of Prague’s transport, i.e. not by means of legal regulations but by rethinking the possibilities of transport. This documentary urban story was presented at the Czech Joy section of the Jihlava IDFF 2009, gaining the Audience Award. The film was successfully introduced at several international festivals. In Torino, it received the Student Jury Award, at the festival in Yamagata, Japan, it stirred great response among the spectators, the film’s screening for local NGOs being in negotiation. The film was also introduced at the DMZ Docs festival in South Korea and at the DOK Leipzig festival in Germany.

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