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May 29, 2012 7:00 PM


Film Club - Ladies First. Free admission. Documentary film Katka, directed by Helena Trestikova, 2010, 90 min

In Czech with English subtitles. First-come, First-served.


“You bet on someone in the beginning of the process and then you wait and see what life does with them.” This is how Czech director Helena Trestikova explains her long-term documentaries. Following on from the European Film Academy Award winning RENE (2008), Trestikova brings us KATKA – 14 years in the life of a drug addict. KATKA is an extraordinarily raw and uncensored character portrait of a troubled young woman living on the edge of human existence, desperately searching for love and salvation. Will she find it in the rehab? Will she find it in the arms of the man she loves? Or in the first cry of her long-desired baby? Tagging along with her through the back streets and squalors of Prague, Trestikova gets deep under the skin of a person most of us would cross the road to avoid, and shows us Katka’s profoundly human face. You might be angry with Katka, or your heart may go out to her. One thing is certain – you will never forget her.


Helena Třeštíková  was born on June 22, 1949 in Prague. Graduated from FAMU, subject documentary film direction. From 1974, she works in professional production, having made over fifty documentary films of varying footage mostly on the themes of human relationships and various social problems (Romeo, Juliet and Children/Romeo, Julie a děti; The Miracle/Zázrak; Two Anniversaries of Jan Zrzavý/Dvě jubilea Jana Zrzavého; Helpline/Linka důvěry, Touch of Light/Dotek světla, Thousand Years of Sobriety/Tisíc let střízlivosti).
In the course of time, she specialized in the time-lapse method, following people’s life stories on long-term basis. For a period of six years, her first series of time-lapse films followed the everyday lives of several young married couples from the moment of their wedding. The film crew visited them regularly, recording their troubles, dreams, efforts, in several cases also crises, divorce, reconciliation.
As a result, the six part television series Marriage Stories/ Manželské etudy (1987) and two feature-length documentary films Out of Love/ Z lásky (1987) and Looking for Ways/ Hledání cest (1988) were made. In 1991, together with her film and sociologist colleagues, Třeštíková established the “Film and Sociology Foundation” with the aim of providing a new perspective of the society after the great political changes. A free cycle of five time-lapse films about the life stories of young delinquents called Tell Me Something about Yourself/ Řekni mi něco o sobě still being made.
In the years 1994-1996, Třeštíková made several portraits of interesting personalities for the Gen, Genus and VIP documentary series (Tomáš Halík, Olbram Zoubek, Lída Rakušanová, Jiřina Šiklová, Karel Čáslavský, Jiří Ruckl). In 1994, together with her husband, publicist Michael Třeštík, Třeštíková founded the “Man and Time Foundation” specializing in time-lapse projects and films reflecting time, its flow and the changes it brings (Rudolf the II and Prague/Rudolf II. a Praha, The Sweet Century/ Sladké století, People, I Love You/Lidé, mám vás rád!, Carmen Story/Carmen story, Something Like Happiness/Určitý způsob štěstí).
In 2001, she finished the first part of the free cycle of time-lapse films Women at the Turn of the Century/ Ženy na přelomu tisíciletí (portraits of opera singer Dagmar Pecková, singer Bára Basiková, young drug addict Katka and Roma intellectual Jarmila Balážová). Recently, she has devoted her attention to the problem of drug addiction (Women and Drugs, Drugs and Women/ Ženy a drogy, drogy a ženy; Trapped In, Trapped Out/ V pasti a stále v pasti). Since the fall of 2002, she works is a pedagogue at the documentary film department and as head of the realization workshop.
In 2007, she was for a brief time culture minister of the Czech Republic.
For her film René, she was awarded by the European Film Academy (EFA) the Prix Arte 2008 in the category of the documentary.


Dvě jubilea Jana Zrzavého (18´, Czechoslovakia, 1976)
Dotek světla (14´, Czechoslovakia, 1979)
Japonská neděle (13´, Czechoslovakia, 1981)
Manželské etudy-TV seriál (6x50´, Czechoslovakia, 1987)
Z lásky (76´, Czechoslovakia, 1988)
Hledání cest (96´, Czechoslovakia, 1988)
Řekni mi něco o sobě - René/ Tell Me Something About Yourself: Rene (60´, Czechoslovakia, 1992)
Řekni mi něco o sobě - Láďa/ Tell Me Something About Yourself: Lada (42´, CZ, 1993)
Kašpar (50´, CZ, 1993)
Sladké hořkosti Lídy Baarové (30´, CZ, 1995)
Vyloučeni z literatury (57´, CZ, 1997)
Sladké století (58´, CZ, 1997)
Lidé, mám vás rád! (56´, CZ, 1998)
Výzva (53´, CZ, 1999)
Člověk a čas 1: Deset let v životě mladého muže (57´, CZ, 1999)
Člověk a čas 2: Výzva (53´,CZ, 1999)
Člověk a čas 3: Určitý způsob štěstí (51´, CZ, 1999)
Carmen Story (52´, CZ, 1999)
Ženy na přelomu tisíciletí-TV seriál (10x55´, CZ, 2000)
V pasti - Katka (58´, CZ, 2001)
Hitler, Stalin a já (56´, CZ, 2001)
Být Romkou (57´, CZ, 2001)
Být Romem (57´, CZ, 2001)
Pavel Tigrid - Evropan (57´, CZ, 2003)
Paměť 20. století: Nebe nad Evropou (56´, CZ, 2003)
Paměť 20. století: Má šťastná hvězda (57´, CZ, 2003)
Obsluhovala jsem Karla Čapka (28´, ĆR, 2003)
Nebe nad Evropou (56´, CZ, 2003)
Když musíš, tak musíš?-TV seriál (10x27´, CZ, 2003)-segment director
Paměť 20. století: Události Pavla Štechy (54´, CZ, 2004)
Paměť 20. století: Nesdělitelné (55´, CZ, 2004)
Nebylo to marný (57´, CZ, 2004)
Manželské etudy po dvaceti letech - TV seriál (6x55´, CZ, 2005)
Marcela (82´, CZ, 2006)
René (90´, CZ, 2008)
Katka (90´, CZ, 2008)





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May 29, 2012 7:00 PM


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