Masters of Dox


Helena Třeštíková
Screening time  
24.02. / Wednesday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 2  
After the birth of her son, Mallory tries to kick her drug habit and stay off the street.

After previous documentaries in which she set down the dramatic reversals and hard falls in the lives of Marcela, René, and Katka, Helena Třeštíková has come out with a new long-term portrait. Life has never pampered Mallory, and after the birth of her son she tries with all her might to kick her drug habit and stay off the street. As is usually the case, the helping hand that succeeded in leading her away from life’s dark corners came from an entirely unexpected source. But even after Mallory’s partial victory the fight isn’t yet over. The deep wound self-inflicted by drugs continues to fester: her difficult social situation, upheavals in her personal relationships, and frustrating confrontations with the authorities often cast her back down to the bottom. This is the story of a woman who wants to turn her back on her shady past and help those she knows best (people on the fringes of society), and it demonstrates that even a seemingly hopeless life needn’t be cut short halfway.


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.

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Czech Republic
2015, 101'

Directed by:
Helena Třeštíková

Screenplay by:
Helena Třeštíková

Miroslav Souček, Vlastimil Hamerník, Robert Novák, David Cysař, Jiří Chod, Jakub Hejna

Edited by:
Jakub Hejna

Kateřina Černá, Pavel Strnad

Produced by:

Festivals & Awards:

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2015 – Best Documentary; CPH:DOX 2015; Prix Europa 2015 – Best TV Documentary, Special Mention; Sundance Film Festival 2015