"Every life is interesting enough to produce a story" - Helena Třeštíková
We're excited to present this collection 'A Moment in Time-Lapse', dedicated to the work of Czech filmmaker Helena Třeštíková, who has spent over 40 years making what she calls 'time-lapse documentaries', a long-form, longitudinal form of filmmaking, which often sees Třeštíková spending many years with those she films.
Třeštíková describes that "the purpose of a time-lapse film is to offer the audience an expanded experience of the world and to offer the protagonists such an interpretation of their lives, which they could accept as their true life stories."
All of Helena's films are made in the Czech Republic, chronicling ordinary lives, capturing their extraordinary moments.
"Třeštíková’s stamina for long-term observational studies is something else. Over the last four decades, she has made more than 30 time-lapse documentaries...Because Třeštíková pays attention for long enough, her films yield drama from what might otherwise appear to be the most ordinary of life stories." - Guardian, read the full interview with Třeštíková here: https://loom.ly/DgbvfEI
This collection includes 'Marriage Stories', a series begun for Czech TV in 1987, following 6 married couples over a period of 30 years, whose lives are no less tumultuous than the rapidly changing country around them. 'Private Universe' follows an ordinary family, as socialist Czechoslovakia gradually transforms into the Czech Republic, and in 'Mallory' a mother desperately tries to kick her drug habit, following the birth of her son. The collection also includes Třeštíková's latest film 'Rene - Prisoner of Freedom', the follow up to 'René', chronicling the life of their eponymous subject, forever trying to escape the clutches of the prison system.