Who if not… Jan Procházka
He had the charisma of a movie star, the energy of a warrior and the natural leadership authority. And he was able to do a huge amount of work in a very short time. As if he knew he would not live very long. When he was a child, he convinced his friends to set fire to haystacks during their play at Napoleonic wars. He wrote about everything he saw in his life: About his hot-headed father and the May days of 1945 (Long Live the Republic!), the post-war colonisation of the Czech borderlands (Green Horizons) or, as a father of two, about the troubles of teenage girls (Trials and Tribulations, Vertigo). But he also dealt with unwanted, non-socialist topics, for example, in his romantic drama about an alcoholic and a prostitute (Hope). The less he believed in Communism, the more openly he criticised the system (The Nun’s Night, Coach to Vienna, The Ear) and, being the youngest member of the Czechoslovak Communist Party, was strongly against censorship. After the August invasion, he resorted to the topics of childhood (Jumping Over Puddles Again, Boys Will Be Boys).
Jan Procházka, one of our best screenwriters, died at the age of 42.
Aleš Říman is a middle-school teacher. At the Summer Film School, he returns to his original domain. He loves genre films, braque and everything made in Italy and he has a complicated but very fruitful relationship to Czechoslovak cinema.
Jaroslav Sedláček is a creative producer of Czech Television and a huge fan of Czech cinema. At first, he wrote about Czech films, and then he started to produce them. He loves cycling, swimming, soft sided lightning and movies that can change your life (at least for a while).