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KAREL VACHEK

Karel Vachek is one of the the most original Czech director of the last fifty years. He is often called “enfant terrible of the Czech New Wave” . After 1968 silenced by the Communist regime, emigrated with his family to the USA via France. His films are described as film novels because their divergent structure and potent philosophical base remind one of modern novels. Karel Vachek is professor and head of Documentary Department at FAMU.

What is to be done? - trailer

What is to be done? (A journey from Prague to Český Krumlov, or how I formed a new government)

Year of production 1996
Written by Karel Vachek
Screenplay Karel Vachek
Director Karel Vachek
Dir. of photography Karel Slach
Editing Renata Parezová
Sound Libor Sedláček
Music Jiří Vondrovic, various songs
Prod. manager Petr Brada
Production Česká televize, Barrandov Biografia a.s.
Premiere Aug 29th, 1996
Featuring

Eva Vobrubová, balladeer Pepa Nos, botanist Jirí Haager, writer Eda Kriseová, director Jirí Krejcík, puppeteer Miloš Kirschner, poet Andrej Stankovic, actress Vlasta Chramostová, physician Eva Zvolská, cameraman Stanislav Milota, playwright Jan Vodnanský, poet Ivan Martin Jirous, psychologist Milan Nakonecný, director Tomáš Vorel, writer Eva Kanturková, artist and poet Ladislav Novák, natural scientist Karel Drbohlav, flutist Václav Žilka, philosopher Erazim Kohák, writer Václav Jamek, Mayor of Ceský Krumlov Jan Vondrouš, Minister of Culture Pavel Tigrid, Minister of the Interior Jan Ruml, Minister of Foreign Affairs Josef Zieleniec, Minister of the Economy Karel Dyba, Minister of Industry Vladimír Dlouhý, Chairman of the Government Václav Klaus, President Václav Havel, Minister of Defense Antonín Baudyš, Minister of Defense Vilém Holán, Minister of Education Ivan Pilip, Minister of Transportation Jan Stráský, Mayor of Prague Jan Koukal, philosopher Ivan Sviták, ecologist Ivan Dejmal, chairman of the Czechoslovak Social Democratic Party Miloš Zeman, deputy chairman of the Christian Democratic Party Václav Benda, chairwoman of the Democratic Union Party Alena Hromádková, activist Petr Cibulka and others

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