Controversial Dox


Helena Třeštíková
Screening time  
09.04. / Saturday, 21:00 - 23:00 Theatre 4 Ticket

Master of filming ordinary people over long periods of time in what she calls "time-lapse documentaries“, director Helena Třeštíková observes the pivotal moments in life of a woman living in the basement of society. We are introduced to Anny in 1996, who, in need of some extra money for her grandchildren, becomes an occasional prostitute at the age of 46. At the same time she is introduced to Pleasure without Risk, an NGO which supports and educates sex workers and even casts them in original theater plays where Anny discovers another of her many talents. We continue following Anny for the next 16 years, as she talks about her family, daytime jobs, work in the streets, background and life in theatre.


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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Directed by:
Helena Třeštíková

Screenplay by:
Helena Třeštíková

David Cysař

Edited by:
Jakub Hejna

Kateřina Černá, Pavel Strnad

Produced by:

Festivals & Awards:

IDFA (2020)
Dok.fest Munich: Main Award (2021)
Message to Man: Main Award (2021)
Sofia IFF: Special Mention (2021)
MakeDox (2021)
Docpoint Helsinki (2021)
Docpoint Tallin (2021)


Daniel Vadocký