May 22, 2012 7:00 PM
Film Club - Ladies First. Free admission. Documentary film Singles Generation, directed by Jana Poctova, 2011, 77 min.
In Czech with English subtitles
Who are the singles? Why do they live without a partner and what are their single lives like? Do they like being single or do they fear loneliness? Are they not interested in life in a couple or is it that they can’t find the one? Or, maybe, have they given up searching? A documentary directed by Jana Po?tová is an unreserved testimony of six characters; the film follows them within one year’s time. The six singles openly speak about wasted chances to live in a couple, about fear from the merciless ticking of time, about sex and intimacy, about the offer of potential partners getting narrower and narrower, and about their parents and everyone else compelling them to finally find someone... What is the role of long-term relationships in our time? Are they an anachronism or ether a hardly achievable ideal? We still are afraid of loneliness – or are we? Jana Po?tová’s documentary spotlights the generation phenomenon of singles. As much as 30% of people in productive age live without a partner.
Biography & Filmography
Jana Poctová studied in the Faculty of Philosophy, Charles University, Department of Theory and History of Drama, then at the Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts In Prague, Department of Documentary Production. During her studies she went on a study visit to Paris at Université Paris 8.
She has cooperated with several film festivals: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, One World, and Academia Film Olomouc. She cooperated with the foundation People in Need on film projects about refugees and a project about daughters of political prisoners, Dcery 50. let / Daughters of 1950s. She has worked on a Czech-German Fund For The Future project Živá pamet / Livig Memory for the German government. In doing so she collected testimonies of slave labourers working in Germany during World War Two and testimonies of former prisoners from concentration camps.
The most important films made by Jana Poctová include the documentary Eshq (2004) shot in Afghanistan. It consists of portraits of four women and explores the themes of love, partnerships and cultural differences. It was presented as part of the competition collection at Jihlava International Film Festival, International Film Festival One World and Film Academy in Olomouc, where it won the Foundation of Marie and Josef Hlávka Award. It was premiered on Czech Television in September 2005.
The director’s next work was a theatre-cum-film project Vostodvacet / Hell For Leather (2005), watching eight people confined for several days in a small space and trying to create. This film was also presented as part of the competition collection at Jihlava International Film Festival and One World.
In another documentary, Palác Akropolis / The Club (2008), the director describes the well-known multicultural centre in Prague.
Her film Oci tygra / Eyes of The Tiger (2011) is about a Romany boxer, a multiple Czechoslovak champion, who runs a boxing club for street children in the
Prague quarter of Žižkov.
Her last film Generation Singles is an unreserved testimony of six characters; the film follows them within one year’s ti me. The six singles openly speak about wasted chances to live in a couple, about fear from the merciless ticking of time, about sex and intimacy, about the offer of potential partners getting narrower and narrower, and about their parents and everyone else compelling them to finally find someone
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