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    IX edition

    Journey to Fellini

    A comedy about young passionate film director from communist Czechoslovakia who gets a date from Federico Fellini to film an interview with him in Rome in 1989 for his film profile. Will he be able to persuade the communist film studio leadership and overcome the indifference of the crew to film his dream project?

    90 minutes full-length feature comedy JOURNEY TO FELLINI is based on real life events. Young director Minac lives in the communist Czechoslovakia. In 1989 he writes a letter to Federico Fellini and soon he receives an answer. To his overwhelming joy he is given a date to shoot maestro´s profile film in Rome. But he has to fight bitterly with communist functionaries to let him to go to capitalistic Italy, to film a capitalist film director. There is no proper car in the studio available, so the filmmakers set out on their “historic” journey to Italy on the faulty Russian limousine Tchaika, which is only used as the prop in the studio. The crew consists of seven people: skirt chaser driver Zoltán, dramaturge Aleš who was considered the secret communist cop, older cinematographer Jiří who made thirty feature films and his assistant Ivan, alcoholic soundman Robert, beautiful treasurer Veronika, who is said that she has an affair with the communist boss of the studio and director Minac. The crew gets lost on the way in Austria, the limousine gets totally broken and part of the crew even intends to sell Tchaika to German lover of old cars and return back home hitchhiking. It seems they would never arrive in time to Rome. Except for the director no one had a real interest in the project. Everyone takes it as a unique opportunity to buy scarce commodities like micro ovens, video recorders which were not available in communist Czechoslovakia or visit striptease bar. Miraculously filmmakers managed to come in time for interview to the hotel Eden in Rome and they spend filming two fantastic days with Fellini who just makes his The Voice from the Moon in Dinocitta studio. It´s partly thanks to beautiful Veronika – to her passion, energy, skills of organisation that helps to overcome critical moments of the journey. It is a great surprise to director. As they are getting closer, he is astonished that she is a great fan of Fellini. Director brings home an hour of unique 35mm footage of interview and of “maestro” in Dinocitta studio. There´s also recorded video footage about filming maestro. Minac has great expectations, he believes that his profile “Maestro” would be a wonderful start to his film career. But a crazy new machine for chopping unused, redundant footage which is then used as the mattress stuffing is introduced communist studio. By mistake fifty percent of Fellini´s footage is destroyed by it. Minac is devastated. Veronika helps him to overcome his crisis. She reminds him what Fellini told him: “Put yourself into life and never lose your openness, your childhood enthusiasm throughout the journey that is life, and things will come your way.” He understands that also it was not destined to make a film profile on maestro, he would make a film about his JOURNEY TO FELLINI, the film the audience has just seen.

    Czech Rep.

    Matej Minac

    Director, producer, writer.
    Graduated in film directing at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Bratislava

    Selected projects:
    NICKY´S FAMILY (2011) – full-length documentary
    the film has received so far 37 prestigious prizes worldwide including Best Documentary – Montreal World Film Festival 2011, Canada; Forum for the Preservation of Audio-Visual Memory Award, Jerusalem Film Festival 2011, Israel; Audience Award – Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2011, Czech Republic; Shores Audience Award for the Best Documentary – UK Jewish Film Festival, 2011; PRIX ITALIA´S special signis award 2012 – Prix Italia 2012 – Torino, Italy; FIAT/IFTA Archive Achievement AWARD for best use of archive, British Film Institute, London 2012

    NICHOLAS WINTON – THE POWER OF GOOD documentary film
    Fifteen Awards including: Winner of 2002 International EMMY Award for outstanding documentary program; nominee for the 2006 news and documentary EMMY Award representing HBO/CINEMAX
    2006 Christopher AWARD – New York ;2008 Czech Lion – Best Czech Documentary for the last 15 year for film that affirms the highest values of the human spirit ;“Special Mention” at the 19th Troia Int´l Film Festival (Portugal)

    ALL MY LOVED ONES feature film, Czech/Polish/Slovak/German cooproduction,

    14 PRIZES including: XVI; Troia International Film Festival – Portugal – Jury Prize; Grand Prix – International Film Festival Sedona(USA); Annual Czech Film Prize (Czech Lion) for Jiri Bartoska for the best supporting actor (Czech Rep); Nortel International Palm Springs Film festival – USA

    Udayan Prasad

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