Mallory

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    Mallory

    Directed by

    Czech Republic

    2015

    97 min

    • Czech

    Documentary

    Mallory is living a hard life. Her wild youth among punks and skinheads in Prague's underground is over, and after several years on both drugs and living on the streets, it is slowly becoming the last chance for the self-conscious Mallory – and nobody is more aware of this than herself. But when the self-destructive lifestyle was, in her own words, a protest against both her parents and the Bolsheviks, it is not easy to replace heroin with a steady job. Especially if you live in a car and are up against a social bureaucracy that seems to come straight out of a Kafka story. MALLORY followers its eponymous protagonist for 7 years, we see her existential passage of life, and the good and bad choices that shape it along the way. Not least when it all suddenly takes a dramatic turn, and the possibility to turn back to life appears from a new, unexpected direction.

    Awards

    • Best Documentary - Karlovy Vary IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Helena Třeštíková
    Cinematography
    Miroslav Souček
    Vlastimil Hamerník
    Robert Novák
    David Cysař
    Jiří Chod
    Jakub Hejna
    Editing
    Jakub Hejna
    Music
    Tadeáš Verčák
    Production
    NEGATIV

    Press

    Superior 'time-lapse' documentary filmmaking.

    Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

    Helena Třeštíková

    Helena Třeštíková

    Czech Republic

    Helena Třeštíková was born in 1949 in Prague, Czech Republic. One of the most important Czech documentary filmmakers, she has directed some forty award-winning films since graduating from Prague Film Academy (FAMU) in 1974. She has also worked for a long time in Czech television and directed documentary series WOMEN AT THE TURN OF THE CENTURY (ŽENY NA PŘELOMU TISÍCILETÍ, 2000). Recently, Helena Třeštíková’s works have been the subject of retrospectives at several major festivals, including Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema (Argentina) and Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (Greece). Her most notable films include TOUCH OF LIGHT (DOTEK SVĚTLA, 1980), LIDA BAAROVA’S BITTERSWEET MEMORIES (SLADKÉ HOŘKOSTI LÍDY BAAROVÉ, 1995), MARCELA (2006), RENÉ (2008).

    Selected Filmography