CaSFFA 2022: Saving One Who Was Dead (Zpráva o záchraně mrtvého) & Love, Dad (Váš táta)
2021 | DCP | Czech Republic, Slovakia, France | D; Václav Kadrnka
With Zuzana Mauréry, Vojtěch Dyk, Petr Salavec
Four years on from his Karlovy Vary winning effort Little Crusader (2017), Václav Kadrnka returns with a film that plays like a spiritual journey - quietly moving alongside the bodies of the living, the bodies of the fallen, and on the vast ocean in-between.
After a serious stroke, the Father goes into a coma. The Mother (Zuzana Mauréry) and the Son (Vojtěch Dyk) are suddenly confronted with a motionless body; the doctors don’t bring them any hope. But, if the person they love is moving on, the Mother and the Son are determined to bring him back. With a profound attention to detail, Kadrnka constructs a graceful story in the spaces between life and death - forming a poetic and enigmatic tale about two characters who, in search of connection with their loved one, arrive at the realm of resurrection.
Diana Cam Van Nguyen's short film Love, Dad will screen before the start of Saving One Who Was Dead.
2021 | DCP | 13 Minutes | Czech Republic, Slovakia | D; Diana Cam Van Nguyen
Love, Dad is a short film about the gaps between a child and a parent, the weight of parental love, and the loneliness that silence can bring. Nestling into her own story, the director, Diana Cam Van Nguyen, uncovers 15 year old letters of affection from her Dad - letters that he wrote to her from prison - in an attempt to rediscover his love. This touching, ingeniously animated short is a remarkable feat in style and biographical storytelling.