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Oct 26, 2010 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

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Two clarinet players, one Czech and one Israeli, first sing to one another over the phone and then send each other emails with photographs of their concert gowns. Several days prior to performance they meet and discover that each has rehearsed a different version of the musical piece for the performance.

ITS SPRING IN PRAGUE EVERY YEAR, ITS PRAGUE SPRING EVERY YEAR

Documentary film
October 26, 2010 , 7pm, Free

Its Spring in Prague Every Year, Its the Prague Spring Every Year (Každý rok je v praze jaro, každý rok je pražské jaro), director: Pavel Koutecký, 2005, , 58 min, in Czech with English subtitles.

Two clarinet players, one Czech and one Israeli, first sing to one another over the phone and then send each other emails with photographs of their concert gowns. Several days prior to performance they meet and discover that each has rehearsed a different version of the musical piece for the performance.

Following this new musical interplay is one of the lines in this documentary film, which tries to capture the backstage environment of the Prague Spring music festival, an important festival institution.

The director does not show the individual performances, but represents them, offers experiences of specific situations, and images of the creative work. The film is among the work by Kouteckýs that is driven by an admiration for music and architecture, permanent and indestructible forms of art. The fingers of the clarinet players in an erotic musical confrontation.

Virtuosity hides behind the energy of the rehearsals, captured in the film amidst the festivals preparations. Smaller events thus combine to form a model of the music festivals polysemous performance space, which the camera, in the present and in dialogue, co-creates as a cultural, political, and symbolic act in one.

Institution is a hierarchy, accompanied by the attributes of control and subordination. All the actors identify with this. They are united by their passion for music, and yet the invisible tensions among them become the plotline of what takes place. Documenting an institution means choosing and selecting, and Koutecký presents in the film those moments where the work is emerging, the feelings and conduct related to these moments, and the entire drama of the rehearsals, in which the sphere of action is transmitted from the psyche of the musicians to the musical tones.

The directors comments on the comical effects that the battle over music also produces are made with tact and restraint. What he is attempting is to capture the creative process, and he does not prevail on the viewer to emotionally experience the music presented in the film. On the contrary, using situational images, hidden behind the concerts, he reveals the individuality of the musicians, who contribute to the festivals universal value.

Pavel Koutecký
Pavel Koutecký (born 1956) graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) in 1982; in 1988 and 1991, he went to the study stays at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, UK. In 1982-1989, he worked in the video studio at the Czech Technical University in Prague; from 1990 to 1998, he worked at the Short Film Prague. He cooperated with the Film and Sociology Association (formerly Foundation) on regular basis. Within its production, besides documentary films of his own, he also cooperated on several long-term time-lapse projects (among others Citizen Havel finished by his colleague Miroslav Janek). He was dealing primarily with documentary film, however, experimenting with form also lead him to animated film.

He also worked on multimedia projects (Kolotoč Theatre, Theatre of Music). From 1991, he taught at the Department of Documentary film at FAMU as head of one of the creative workshops. His films and videos received multiple awards at Czech as well as international film festivals. For the most part, he made his films in cooperation with cameraman Stano Slušný. Pavel Koutecký suffered a tragic death on April 13, 2006 while finishing his latest film. As a tribute, the annual Pavel Koutecký Award is presented to documentarists, “patient observers of the world able to share their feelings and insight in film”.

 

Filmography:

Maximalisté v mikrosvětě (20´, Czechoslovakia, 1985)

Oj, to byl boj! (7´, Czechoslovakia, 1992)

Zánik Československa v parlamentu (75´, CZ, 1993)

Kde byl Bill aneb partnerství pro jazz/ American In Prague Or Partnership For Jazz (28´, CZ, 1994)

Po letech 1989-1994/ The Years After, 1989-1994 (70´, CZ, 1994)

Drahý mistře (60´, CZ, 1996)

Do života (58´,CZ, 1997)

Vzpomínám, vzpomínáš, vzpomínáte? (59´, CZ, 1998)

... až na věky (14, CZ, 1998)

Kde je pravda? (57´, CZ, 1999)

Chilský deník (5x29´, CZ, 1999)

Žít jako Dán (28´, CZ, 2000)

Islandská paměť (57´, CZ, 2000)

Bornholm mimo sezónu (29´, CZ, 2000)

Hledači pevného bodu (120´, CZ, 2001)

Velká voda (56´, CZ, 2003)

Bahenní lázně (14´, CZ, 2003)

Proměny Pražského hradu (40´, CZ, 2004)

Pojď blíž, cukrátko (Česko-jihoafrické sny) (59´, CZ, 2005)

Pavel Koutecký News (150´, CZ, 2005)

Každý rok je v Praze jaro, každý rok je Pražské jaro/ Its spring in Prague every year, Its the Prague Spring every year. Opus No. 1 (58´, CZ, 2008)

Pot a slzy Pražského jara ( Opus 2 )/ Sweat and Tears - The Making of The Prague Spring.Opus No.2 (58´, CZ, 2006)

Psáno pro Pražské jaro opus III./ Written For Prague Spring, Opus 3 (57´, CZ, 2007)

Občan Havel/ Citizen Havel (119´, CZ, 2007)

 

Venue:

321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States

Date

Oct 26, 2010 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Organizer:

České centrum


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