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by Jan Němec


“Our life zips by faster than our recollections of it,” stated internationally celebrated Czech director Jan Němec (1936-2016). One of the country’s few home-grown filmmakers, here he loosely adapted his final film from his own collection of quasi-autobiographical tales. The result is a dejected comedy, an unsentimental reminiscence of a life story spanning the Sixties to the present, and a nonchalant settling of scores in punk regalia. We join the director’s alter ego John Jan at Cannes during the festival’s controversial 1968 edition and, not long after, we find ourselves in the Czech capital that same summer, now a city besieged by Soviet tanks. Exile, the return to Prague, the burial of communism, freedom.

international title: The Wolf from Royal Vineyard Street
original title: Vlk z Královských Vinohrad
country: Czech Republic, Slovakia, France
year: 2016
genre: fiction
directed by: Jan Němec
film run: 68'
release date: CZ 15/09/2016
screenplay: Jan Němec
cast: Jiří Mádl, Karel Roden, Martin Pechlát, Tomáš Klein, Gabriela Mícová, Jirí Menzel, Jiří Bartoška, Tatiana a.k.a. Tána Pauhofová, Markéta Janoušková, Robin Kvapil, Ted Otis
cinematography by: Jiří Maxa
film editing: Josef Krajbich
art director: Tereza Kucerová, Aneta Grnáková
producer: Tomáš Michálek
production: Bocalupo films, Masterfilm, Media Film

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