Dead Forest and Other Bullshit

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

2000

Production year

1987—1992

Premiere

29 February 2000

Runtime

74 min

Director

Pavel Marek

Category

pásmo

Genre

experimental

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Mrtvý les a jiný bulšit

Czech title

Mrtvý les a jiný bulšit

English title

Dead Forest and Other Bullshit

Summary

These three short films and one mid-length film were made in 1987 –1992 by the independent film company Bullshit Film while its filmmakers were studying at FAMU. The films are kindred to the work of Czech director Jan Švankmajer in their use of surrealistic figurativeness and techniques, pixellation, black humour and grotesque exaggeration. Bullshit Film ended its activities with death of the films co-creater Roman Včelák.

Synopsis

Four short stories.

Note

Between 1987 and 1992, two friends – Pavel Marek (1963) and Roman Včelák (1962 – 1993) – created several films on 16mm format; first amateur ones in their independent film association Bulšit film, established in 1983, and later also in the framework of their studies at the Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. The series of three short films and one medium-footage film was composed thanks to the company Negativ and other coproducers including the National Film Archive. The films were refined, transformed to 35mm format and distributed by the Association of Czech Film Clubs. Pixelation was used in the films along with classically performed scenes.

Crew and creators

Director

Pavel Marek

Director of Photography

Klaus Fuxjäger

Art Director

Zuzana Lednická

Sound Designer

Pavel Rejholec

Postproduction

Klaus Fuxjäger (obraz), Pavel Rejholec (zvuk)

Producer

Pavel Strnad (Negativ)

Production

Pavel Strnad (Negativ)

Production info

Original Title

Mrtvý les a jiný bulšit

Czech Title

Mrtvý les a jiný bulšit

English Title

Dead Forest and Other Bullshit

Category

pásmo

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

experimental

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

2000

Production Year

1987—1992

Premiere

premiere 29 February 2000 /recommended for 15 and over/ (kino Aero, Praha)

Distribution slogan

Negative, in cooperation with Czech Television, FAMU and the National Film Archive, presents short films by Pavel Marek and Roman Včelák.

Production

Negativ, Národní filmový archiv (spolupráce), Česká televize (spolupráce), Tvůrčí skupina Richard Medek (Česká televize), Studio FAMU (spolupráce)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

74 min

Original length in metres

2 100 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

colour, black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 12. Interfilm Berlín

1995
Berlín / Federal Republic of Germany