International Competition

Private Universe

Helena Třeštíková
Screening time  
26.02. / Tuesday, 13:00 - 15:00 Theatre 1  
28.02. / Thursday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 5  
02.03. / Saturday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 2  
03.03. / Sunday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 5  
Covering a span of 37 years from the life of one family.

Director Helena Třeštíková’s began filming her childhood friend Jana Kettnerová in 1974, when Jana was expecting her first child. A family diary covering the span of 37 years served as a springboard for the film. In addition to the Kettner family story, often humorous, archive shots crop up recalling the career of Karel Gott or fundamental political changes in the Czech lands. Thanks to the director’s close relationship with the figures in the film, viewers are invited to take an uncommonly intimate look at their lives as they play out against a backdrop of "great events.” The cleverly constructed film skillfully links private and public aspects of life, touches on numerous fundamental questions, and shows that human life need not always have a dramatic dimension in order to have depth.


Helena Třeštíková

Helena Třeštíková studied documentary filmmaking at the Prague Film Academy, FAMU. Since 1974 she has worked as a professional filmmaker, shooting almost fifty documentary films on themes of interpersonal relationships and social problems. In the course of time, she specialised in the longitudinal approach, following people’s life stories on long-term basis. For her film René (2008, screened at 2011 ZagrebDox), she was awarded by the European Film Academy (EFA) the 2008 Prix Arte for Best Documentary Film. Her film Private Universe was awarded with My Generation award at 2013 ZagrebDox. Katka was screened at ZagrebDox 2011.

General sponsor

Soukromý vesmír

Czech Republic
2012, 83', DCP

Directed by:
Helena Třeštíková

Screenplay by:
Helena Třeštíková

Vlastimil Hamerník, Jiří Chod, David Cysař

Edited by:
Jakub Hejna

Kateřina Černá, Jaroslav Kucera, Helena Třeštíková, RWE RWE

Produced by:
Negativ s.r.o., Czech TV, RWE RWE

Festivals & Awards:

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2012 - Special Mention; EBS International Documentary Festival 2012 – Grand Prix; MEDIA European Talent Award 2009 - Best Project; Hot Docs Toronto 2012; Silverdocs Documentary Festival 2012; Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo 2012; Denver Film Festival 2012; Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2012