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Forman vs Forman

Directed by: Helena Třeštíková, Jakub Hejna
CZ 201977' cs/en/fr

A layered portrait of the most famous Czech filmmaker and exceptionally charismatic storyteller who passed away in 2018. This is his life path as if seen through his own eyes. He experienced many challenging moments, not just the limelight everybody dreams of, and despite the great doubts that were always present, he had to project confidence. The film reveals his wounded soul in childhood, his searching, fumbling, losses, and discoveries. The theme that stayed with him all his life was the individual freedom against the rigidity of the society. In 1968, the representative of Czech New Wave moved from Czechoslovakia to the USA . In 1971, Forman won the Grand Prix of the Cannes Film Festival for his English-language debut ‘Taking Off’ and later on he received 13 Oscars for ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo‛s Nest’ (1975) and ‘Amadeus’ (1984 ) shot in Prague.

The authors of this documentary have collected rare private and official archive materials, magazine and news sources, as well as excerpts from Forman’s films and scenes from their making. The narrator‛s text is partially inspired by the autobiography of the great master and it is voiced by Petr Forman – actor and Miloš Forman’s son.

Foreword by the programme curator: Proof of unity in Czech cinema’s different landscapes. Forman is the Gaiziņkalns of Czech cinema; no, the Mont Blanc.