Director Andrea Sedláčková began filming in Chernobyl a documentary about Antonín Kratochvíl's four prestigious World Press Photo Awards. Movie title My dad, Antonin Kratochvil combines the story of three generations of photographers, through Michael son, the filmmakers will follow the fate of the Kratochvil clan and, in particular, one of them, father Antonin. The documentary comes into cinemas by 2020. Martina Reková informed the creator about it.
"I want to make a film about the identity search, which is a theme based on Antonin's photographs, and it will be a film about freedom that a person often pays a good prize and especially about love between son and father when Michael in his eighteen years by his father Antonin Fotografering, which combines three generations Kratochvílů – grandfather, father and son – will play a decisive role, says director Sedláčková, who had previously made a film Fair Play or document Life according to Václav Havel.
A quest for the Kratochvil's past family shows how troubled the 20th century has often struck the fate of several generations. Antonin Kratochvil spent the first years of his childhood at a labor camp in Vinoři near Prague, where his father Jaroslav and his family were expelled in the 1950s. In the artonia, Antonin emigrated from Czechoslovakia. He left his son Michael before he was born. He spent a dramatic year in the Austrian refugee camp, spent several months in Swedish crime, fought in Chad in the colors of the French Alien Legion, where he managed to fly. In Amsterdam he studied photography at the prestigious Gerrit Rietveld Academy.
His success had finally come to him in America, where he had taken pictures of war conflicts. After almost 20 years, he returned to his homeland, where he met his son Michael. Antonín Kratochvíl worked as a photographer, for example for the New York Times, Newsweek, Vogue and Rolling Stone.
At the site of the Chernobyl nuclear accident, Antonín Kratochvíl watched several times, for the first time in 1996. Chernobyl does not take a picture with his son for the first time. However, Michael had followed him as an assistant, but he stood next to his father as an equal photographer. One of the goals of this trip is the idea that both Michael and Antonin will make a photographic portrait of the other.
To support the creation of a documentary film about one of the most important Czech photographers, Leica Gallery Prague holds a public auction of photographs of Antonín Kratochvíl, which will take place on December 4. The auction will be devoted to both Antonin and Michael Kratochvíl.
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