Biography Dox

Steam on the river

Robert Kirchhoff, Filip Remunda
Screening time  
03.03. / Friday, 17:00 - 19:00 Theatre 3  
The focus of this documentary is a transience of fame. The claim that the artists' fame is temporary is testified by absurd, funny and sometimes tragic stories from three extremely talented aging jazz musicians

Like the steam that silently appears and then disappears over a flowing river, the life of every human is just as fleeting, and this particularly applies in the case of artists. The transience of their fame is the main topic of this documentary, which provides a glimpse into the lives of three ageing jazzmen: trumpeter Laco Deczi, saxophonist Ľubomír Tamaškovič, and contrabass player Ján Jankeje, who fled from the Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia to the West, where their stars shone alongside those of the world’s famous musicians. The reflective melancholy mood of the film, capturing the mist of fame just before it dissipates, is reflected in the overall relaxed, contemplative rhythm of the narrative.


Robert Kirchhoff

Robert Kirchhoff, author of the documentary Normalization (2013), is the founder of the Slovak project atelier.doc, which is involved in the independent production and distribution of films, and the publishing of books and CDs.


Filip Remunda

Filip Remunda is the co-founder of the Institute of Documentary Film. In addition, he heads the Hypermarket Film production company with Vít Klusák, and together they filmed Czech Dream (2004) and Czech Peace (2010).

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Pára nad řekou

Slovakia, Czech Republic
2015, 90'

Directed by:
Robert Kirchhoff, Filip Remunda

Screenplay by:
Filip Remunda, Robert Kirchhoff

Martin Matiášek, Jakub Halousek, Tomáš Staněk

Edited by:
Jana Vlčková

Robert Kirchhoff, Filip Remunda, Kamila Zlatušková

Produced by:
Hypermarket Film, Česká televize

Festivals & Awards:

Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2015; Visions du Réel 2016; Krakow Film Festival 2016; FID Marseille 2016; Budapest International Documentary Festival 2016; Slovak IGRIC Award for Best Film or Television Documentary 2016