Film Info: Praha - Buehne des Unerklaerlichen

Praha - Stage of the Unexplainable (Praha - Buehne des Unerklaerlichen)

Praha - Stage of the Unexplainable
Scene from "Praha - Stage of the Unexplainable" (photo © Volker Schaner 2003)

Within the perspective of the upcoming addition of middle European countries to the European Union, the film offers unique insight into the soul and culture of Germany's Czech neighbors. The most important representatives of Czech culture from the so-called Generation of '68 reflect on the meaning of life and about their existence, offering personal experiences and fates that have, until now, been hidden from the public eye: Otomar Krejca and Josef Svoboda, two of the most important personalities in 20th century European theater; the OSCAR-winner Jirí Menzel; the deceased specialist in German Studies, Eduard Goldstuecker, who greatly influenced the Spring of Prague; the painter Andrej Belocvetov; the legendary pantomime and comedian Bolek Polivka; and Vladimir Franz, one of the most important contemporary composers and painters in the Czech Republic.

In the course of the conversations, an intimate and sensitive dialog develops about the essence of life that guides our destiny and decisions. Eternal truths and worldly wisdoms come to light in a seldom-seen spontaneous form.


Volker Schaner was born in 1968 in Augsburg. At the age of 19, he began to work as the assistant to the director Peter Fleischmann for the science-fiction movie Hard to Be a God, followed by several documentaries. After finishing studies in Slavic Languages, Literature and History he founded his own post-production studio in Berlin where he worked on projects like Odyssey, an animation series of 26 parts and dozens of commercial and independent productions of all kind. Praha (2003) is his first television documentary.
Genre Art
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2003
Director Volker Schaner
Screenplay Dusan D. Parizek
Cinematography Konrad Mueller, Jonas Burlage
Christoph Reithmaier
Cast Andrej Belocvetov, Otomar Krejca, Bolek Polivka, Josef Svoboda, Jirí Menzel, Eduard Goldstuecker, Vladimir Franz
Production Company Fufoofilm/Berlin
Length 56 min
Format Beta SP PAL, color
Original Version
 Czech
Subtitled Versions English, French, German, Russian
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Prague-Berlin Festival 2002, Forum der Kulturen Stuttgart 2003
With backing from Robert Bosch Foundation
German Distributor Transit Film/Munich

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