Director Andrea Sedláčková began filming in Chernobyl a documentary about the title of four prestigious World Press Photo awards by Antonín Kratochvíl. Film titled My father, Antonin Kratochvil combines the story of three generations of photographers, through Michael's son, the filmmakers will follow the fate of the Kratochvil clan and, above all, one of them, Father Antonin. The documentary will enter cinemas in 2020. Martina Reková informed the creator about it.
"I want to make a film about identifying, which is a theme based on Antonin's photos, and it will be a film about freedom for which a person often pays a big prize and, above all, about the love of son and father when Michael , in the eighteen years of his father Antonin the act of photography, which combines three generations of Kratochvílů – grandpa, father and son – will play a crucial role, "said director Sedláčková, who made a film in the past Fair Play Games or document Life according to Václav Havel.
The quest for the past of the Kratochvil family shows how troubled in the twentieth century it hit the destinies of several generations many times. Antonin Kratochvil spent the first years of his childhood in a labor camp in Vinoři near Prague, where his father Jaroslav and his family were evacuated in the 1950s. At eighteen, Antonin emigrated from Czechoslovakia. He left his son Michael before he was born. He spent a dramatic year in the Austrian refugee camp, spent several months in Swedish crime, fought in Chad, in the colors of the French Foreign Legion, where he managed to escape. In Amsterdam, he studied photography at the prestigious Academy Gerrit Rietveld.
His success finally came to him in America, where he photographed war conflicts. After nearly 20 years, he returned to his homeland, where he met his son Michael. Antonín Kratochvíl worked as a photographer, for example, for the New York Times, Newsweek, Vogue and Rolling Stone.
At the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Antonín Kratochvíl looked several times for the first time in 1996. Chernobyl does not take a picture with his son for the first time. However, Michael accompanied him as an assistant, but he stood next to his father as an equivalent photographer. One of the goals of this trip is the idea that both Michael and Antonin will make a photographic portrait to each other.
To support the creation of a documentary about one of the most important Czech photographers, Leica Gallery Prague will hold a public auction of photographs of Antonín Kratochvíl, which will take place on December 4th. Both Antonin and Michael Kratochvíl will participate in the auction.
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