Helena Třeštíková and Jakub Hejna
Forman vs. Forman
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Forman vs. Forman

Forman vs. Forman

Helena Třeštíková and Jakub Hejna

2019
78 min.
Czechia and France
Czech, English and French
Subtitles: Catalan, Spanish and English

Few life stories contain as much misery and good fortune as that of Milos Forman. A delicate portrait that goes beyond a mere biography.

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Show
Direction
Helena Třeštíková and Jakub Hejna
Sound
Richard Müller
Production
Kateřina Černá, NEGATIV
Co-production
Alegria Productions
Film editor
Jakub Hejna
Photography
David Cysař
Music
Gilles Sivilotto
Synopsis

Few life stories contain as much misery and good fortune as that of the Czech filmmaker Milos Forman, a 13-time Oscar winner with Someone Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus. Previously unseen archive material brings us closer to a delicate portrait that goes beyond a mere biography; it is also an exceptional chronicle of 20th century history. Forman's magnetism shows us an original view of communism, the American Way of Life and the process of independence of the Czech Republic.

Born in a small town with fewer inhabitants than a skyscraper, he became an orphan during the Nazi occupation. After spending his childhood in asylums and with several foster families, he was able to study cinema and premiere his first films, which soon caught the attention of critics and international film festivals. After exiling to the US, where he spent more than a year locked up and depressed in a room at the famous Chelsea Hotel, he couldn’t have imagined that a phone call from Michael Douglas, actor and producer, would change his life forever. A unique opportunity to discover the fascinating life of one of the most charismatic directors in the history of the seventh art, which in itself is filled the twists and turns you’d find in a Hollywood script.

About the direction
Helena Třeštíková

Helena Třeštíková

Director

Helena graduated in the documentary directing program at FAMU. Since 1974, she has made over 50 docu...

Jakub Hejna

Jakub Hejna

Editor and director

Editor and director. In 2001, Jakub started his own film studio called Young-Film. He was the editor...

Awards and festivals

Cannes Film Festival
France, 2019
Shangai Film Festival
China, 2019
Karlovy Vary Iff
Czech Republic, 2019
IDFA
Netherlands, 2019
Award Sky Arte · Trieste Film Festival
Italia, 2020
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Reviews

A fine appreciation of a significant director's prodigious life.

— Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

Directors Helena Trestíková and Jakub Hejna know they're dealing with an irrepressible force of nature, so they let Forman tell his story in his own words and stay out of the way.

— Rubén Rosario, MiamiArtZine
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