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 graduated in documentary direction at FAMU. She has made more than fifty documentary films since 1974. She puts emphasis mainly on interpersonal relationships and social problems. Time-lapse documentaries are her specialty, where she observes the human destiny for a longer period of time. Helena belongs to the most successful documentary filmmakers from Czech Republic, winning the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival’s Documentary competition twice (in 1998 with Sladké století, in 2015 with Mallory), winning the Czech National Award in 2010 for Katka and triumphing with the documentary René in 2008 at the European Film Awards. She won the My Generation Award at ZagrebDox 2013 with her film Private Universe. Her recent film Forman vs. Forman premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2019.

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