A Documentary Opera featuring the contradictory life of progressive composer and prominent communist Jan Kapr (1914-88), Stalin award laureate, later banned in socialist Czechoslovakia. While Kapr’s life escalates towards pivotal moments, we follow opera songs reflecting these crucial life junctures, those establishing an artist’s fate. The film explores the nature of memory, and narration, using Kapr’s personal, never-before-seen amateur films manifesting his humor, inner struggles and desire to leave traces for eternity.
SCREENINGS & AWARDS
World Premiere: Visions du Réel – April 2022
2022 Dok.fest Munich (German Premiere)
2022 Kraków Film Festival (Polish Premierę)
2022 See the Sound FF
2022 Bildrausch Film Festival
2022 Sofia Documental (Bulgarian Premiere)
2022 Reykjavik IFF
2022 Czech and Slovak FF Melbourne (Australian Premiere)
2022 Fonomo Music and Film Festival
2022 Ji.hlava IDFF
2023 Dhaka International Film Festival
2023 Festival de cinéma En ville! (Belgium Premiere)
2023 Ann Arbor Film Festival (North American Premiere)
2023 Pordenone Doc Fest (Italian Premiere)
2023 Istanbul Film Festival (Turkish Premiere)
2023 Felicja Blumental Music Festival Tel Aviv (Israeli Premiere)
2023 Beldocs (Serbian Premiere)
2023 Neisse Film Festival
2023 Izmir International Film & Music Festival
2023 Lubuskie Film Summer
2023 Archivio Aperto
2023 Tschechisch-Deutsche Kulturtage
2023 Czech Flm Centre London, Made in Prague (UK Premiere)
*Nominated for Doc Alliance Award*
- Golden Helm of the DocFilmMusic competition at Kraków Film Festival 2022
- Best Czech Documentary Film at Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival 2022
This film gives joy through its original and sophisticated form. In a perfect symphony of all the components of its cinematic language, it tells a story of a forgotten and ambiguous character of Czech history.
- Best Documentary of 2022 at Czech Film Critics’ Awards
“The documentary-opera Kapr Code is captivating in its form and content. Lucie Králová’s work always reflects her joyous creativity, but this time she surprises us by introducing a new playful way of storytelling. Humour runs throughout her film, which lightens up the mood of what actually is a tragic story of a silenced artist.”Margareta Hruza, Modern Times Review
DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY
MgA. Lucie Králová, Ph.D. is an acclaimed Czech film director, scriptwriter and lecturer at FAMU Prague. Her docs, often on 16mm film, were screened at many international film festivals and received multiple awards, e.g. ILL-FATED CHILD (2003) and SOLD (2005) were both awarded as Best Czech Documentary at Jihlava IDFF; documentary detective story, LOST HOLIDAY (2007), distributed internationally on 35mm, received the Crystal Globe for Best Feature Doc at Karlovy Vary IFF and other prizes; Lucie also woks as a dramaturgist on significant documentaries, e.g. CAUGHT IN THE NET (2020) by Klusák/Chalupová (the most successful Czech doc in cinemas ever) or ALCHEMICAL FURNACE (2020) screened e.g. at IFF Rotterdam 2020.
Recently, she has finished new documentary opera Kapr Code which was awarded Best Project at Avant Premiere/La Rochelle Pitch in Berlin 2020 and selected as WIP for Cinema du Reél Paris Doc Work in Progress 2021 during its development.
Kapr Code, 2022
Listen To The Dream, 2018
How To Behave?, 2017
New Eternity, 2016
Czech Man, 2016
Searching For Surreal, 2015
Anatomy of The Atheist, 2014
Philosophy For Children, 2012
Life In Concept, 2011
The Czech Hump, 2009
Legion, Patria Nostra, 2008
Lost Holiday, 2007
Borders of Smell, 2006
Kids from Hartmanice, 2005
The Ill-fated Child, 2003
Director Lucie Králová
Libretto Jiří Austerlitz / Adámek
D.o.P Tomáš Stanek ASK, Adam Ol’ha, Petr Příkaský, Jakub Halousek, Martin Řezníček
Editing Adam Brothánek
Music Petra Šuško
Choir Master Petr Fiala – Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno
Production Companies DOCUfilm Praha & Mindset Pictures
Co-production Česká televize, VIRUSfilm
Producers Andrea Shaffer, Martin Řezníček
Co-producers Zuzana Piussi, Vít Janeček
Czech television Helena Uldrichová
Czech Film Fund
South Moravian Film Fund
Slovak Audiovisual Fund
PRODUCER’S BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY
Andrea Shaffer has been in the film industry for over 20 years, during which she has worked all around the world. Her passion lies in challenging international filmmakers with ambitious concepts. At the beginning of her film career Shaffer directed and produced short films (Berlinale Talent Campus 2005), worked for global companies such as Panalux & Vantage Film, joined Buzz Production as an International Producer, represented directors at Stink Production (Moscow) and later returned to her hometown and formed Nomad Films Prague. Mindset is her new mission, a newly created company to allow production of her own projects.
Andrea is also Executive and VFX Producer at Magic Lab Prague, a VFX/ post-production company focused on feature films and co-productions. Magiclab is among others a co-producer of A Man of Integrity awarded Un Certain Regard in Cannes 2017, Bille a family drama premiered during POFF in Tallinn in 2018, City on the River as well as A. Holland Charlatan (premiered in Berlin 2020), Leave no traces (Venice IFF 2021), Beautiful Beings (Berlinale 2022).
Mindset Pictures was founded in 2016 by Prague-based producer Andrea Shaffer, and is solely committed to the creation and production of film and other visual media. The production company is to tell significant stories, and is particularly oriented towards author-driven films which hold a high standard of content and form as well as unique approaches to human understandings of senses and the space around us. The most current line-up includes three documentary films/co-productions in a long-term partnership with DOCUfilm Praha.
DOCUfilm Praha is an independent film production company established in 1992. Production is focused mainly on producing the values of the Czech creative film documentary. Since 1992 the company produced a flock of short documentaries mostly in coproduction with Czech TV. Some films have brought awards from festivals both at home and abroad. Feature movie Lost Holiday (directed by Lucie Kralova) was widely acclaimed internationally, besides other prices won at the Karlovy Vary IFF the Crystal Globe for feature documentary in 2007.
VIRUSfilm has been found by Zuzana Piussi and Vít Janeč ek as a platform for cinematic projects produced or co-produced in Slovakia, in 2019. We are focusing on themes with strong reflection of society in documentary as well as fiction cinema.