A Documentary Opera featuring the contradictory life of progressive composer and prominent communist Jan Kapr (1914-88), Stalin award laureate, later banned in socialist Czechoslovakia. While Kapr’s life escalates towards pivotal moments, we follow opera songs reflecting these life junctures, establishing an artist’s fate. The film explores the nature of memory, and narration, using Kapr’s personal, never before seen amateur films manifesting his humor and desire to leave traces for eternity.
Lucie Kralova, Ph.D. is acclaimed Czech director and FAMU lecturer. Her docs, often shot on 16mm, screened at many international festivals received number of awards: e.g. 2x Best Czech Doc at Jihlava IDFF for ILL-FATED CHILD (2003) and SOLD (2005), Crystal Globe for Best Feature Doc at Karlovy Vary IFF for intrationally distributed LOST HOLIDAY (2007); film PUBLIC ILLEGALITY (2011) received prize for Most Original Doc at Finale IFF. Lucie also works as dramaturgist on significant docs, e.g CAUGHT IN THE NET (2020) by Klusák/Chalupová, the most successful Czech doc in cinemas ever.
Mindset was founded in 2016 by Prague-based producer Andrea Shaffer, whom is in the film industry for over 20 years. She is also an executive at top VFX and post-production studio based in Prague that co-produces independent films such as Un Certain Regard winner A Man of Integrity and others. Mindset is solely committed to the creation and production of film and is particularly oriented towards author-driven films which hold a high standard of content and form.
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