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Copper mountain

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Pátrání po Ester / Searching for Ester

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Adoption: Auditioning for parenthodod/Konkurz na rodiče

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Cesta vzhůru / Climbing higher

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Pirátské sítě / Pirating pirates

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Heaven and Hell

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Copper mountain

Documentary of world biggest archeological site in Mes Aynak in Logar province, close to small village, where Taliban movement has come from.

Dir. Radim Špaček, DP David Čálek, Prod. Shining Pictures

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Pátrání po Ester / Searching for Ester

Vera Chytilova’s documentary about her best friend Ester Krumbachova. Who she really was?

Producer Bionaut, Director Vera Chytilova, Photography David Calek,

C 2005

Adoption: Auditioning for parenthodod/Konkurz na rodiče

A kaleidoscope of a number of stories with the same ending – a longed-for child. This film sensitively captures the wait for a child, revealing the inner thoughts of the parents who are preparing for their new roles. Against the backdrop of the adoption process, the parents go through a slightly different kind of pregnancy full of challenges and decisions.


Awards, festivals:

Jihlava Film Festival, Czech rep. 2014 – Official selection, World Premiere


Credits:

Producer: Klára Bukovská, HBO-Hanna KastelicováDirector: Alice NellisOriginal title:  Release: 2014,  75 minutes, Camera: David Čálek, Matěj Cibulka, Editing: Filip Issa, Sound: Jiří Klenka, Jan Paul, Music: Jan Ponocný


Cesta vzhůru / Climbing higher

Czech climber Radek Jaroš’ story is one of determination and of overcoming shared and personal limits. It is also the story of compromise and of the price paid to achieve every mountain climber’s dream: ascending the Crown of the Himalayas, the world’s 14 tallest mountains.


Awards, festivals:

Banff film festival, Canada, 2016 – Award for Best Feature Length Mountain Film,
Milano film festival, Italy, 2016 – Competition
Bansko film festival, Bulgaria, 2016 – Copetition
Trento film festival, Italy, 2016 – Official selection, World Premiere


Credits:

Producer: Verbascum/Czech TV, Director: David Calek, Photography: David Calek, Music: Ivan Acher, Editor: Jan Danhel, Sound: Vaclav Flegl, Ludvik Bohadlo, Executive producer: Kajka Gottwaldova, Colorist: Filip Šmejkal

Pirátské sítě / Pirating pirates

The world looked on helplessly as African boys in sandals overtook tankers standing as tall as an eight-storey building. God knows how they managed to climb aboard not to mention how they managed to avoid naval fleets sent by the European Union to protect the sea lanes. Regardless of our modern navigational and satellite equipment, they remain the masters of these seas. It is incredible that the lure of money lies behind all of this – anyone resorting to such demented acts must be desperate. Most of them are uneducated local fishermen who no longer hunt fish, but rather people. However, the fate of such pirates surviving these attacks does not end in Somalia, but rather far beyond its borders, where they disappear along with their money, because no one in Puntland stashing money at  home lives to see tomorrow.

Heaven and Hell

2010, prod. HBO and Jacket Bros., director and cinematography: David Čálek, 82 min