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Media Innovation Technology Series: Helena Třeštíková

by Larissa Petryca, on 29 November 2021 17:15:53 CET

On Thursday 2 December at 5pm we would like to invite you to a screening of Director Helena Třeštíková’s award-winning observational documentary Katka. Helena is one of most revered and awarded observational documentary film makers in Europe. This is a unique opportunity to not only watch this award winning film, but to also hear directly from the Director on how she works.

You can join this special MITS event online from the comfort of home by clicking the webinar link here at the advertised time. After the screening Helena will take part in a Q&A session.

Helena Třeštíková MITS lecture

About the Film

Helena’s film Katka is an extraordinarily raw and uncensored character portrait of a troubled young woman living on the edge of human existence, desperately searching for love and salvation. Will she find it in the rehab? Will she find it in the arms of the man she loves? Or in the first cry of her long-desired baby? Tagging along with her through the back streets and squalors of Prague, Trestikova gets deep under the skin of a person most of us would cross the road to avoid, and shows us Katka’s profoundly human face. You might be angry with Katka, or your heart may go out to her. One thing is certain – you will never forget her.

Helena Třeštíková, Katka
Helena Třeštíková’s observational documentary follows Katka around the streets of Prague

About the Director

Helen grew up in Prague’s Wenceslas square in a cultural and inspirational environment. Graduating during the Prague Spring, Helena moved to Western Germany in 1968. While her parents were visiting her in Bonn, the Warsaw pact armies marched into Czechoslovakia.

After returning from Germany she worked as a production assistant and in September 1969 she began documentary movie studies at FAMU. Society was going through a phase of disillusionment and depression. Helena searched for a theme to explore in such a difficult time. She became interested in the development of human characters and their lives over a long-term period.

In 1980 she began the Marriage etudes; by following a few husbands for six years. She then applied this method to her other documentaries. Amongst the most famous are Katka, René, Marcela, Mallory and Lída Baarová – Destruction by beauty. She has won numerous awards for her documentaries and currently teaches at the FAMU.

Helena Třeštíková, MITS lecture and screening
Helena Třeštíková will present her award winning film Katka as part of the School of Media & IT’s
Media Innovation Technology Series

How to Join

Simply click on webinar link here to join the lecture and screening on Thursday 2 December at 5pm CET.

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