76 min. / 52 min. (2 Versions)
Czech, German, English (with German, English, or Czech subtitles)
A film about an old man with no needs and a
remarkable past, facing the hype as an artist against his will.
Miroslav Tichý lived like a hermit for decades in a small
surrounded just by a few friends. Now in his old age he has
to face the fame. “They should have come earlier, now it’s
too late.” he says. In the art world, meanwhile, he is presented
as a fighter against the communist regime. The photographs are
being sold for up to 12 000 Euro.
In 2004 I came across an exhibition catalogue. One page was
dedicated to Miroslav Tichý. He and his work were exceptional.
I became curious and contacted the editor of this catalogue,
Roman Buxbaum. He knew Mr. Tichý and they seemed to be best friends.
Two weeks later I was standing in Miroslav Tichýs house and said:
“Many greetings from Mr. Buxbaum.”. I was shocked to hear the
wildest combination of rude words. That’s where it all started.
Festivals and Awards:
dokumentART, Neubrandenburg – Audience Award 2007; Festival dei Popoli, Florence – Giampaolo Paoli Award 2007; Shadow festival, Amsterdam – Dioraphte Award 2007; Filmschau Baden-Württemberg – Best Documentary 2007; Slamdance, Park City, 2008; Magnificient Seven, Belgrade 2008; 7th European Film Meetings in Vannes, France: Conseil General prize; Vision du Réel, Switzerland ; AFO, Czech Republic; Dokumentarfilmwoche Hamburg, Germany; Lussas, Etats généraux du doc, France; Jasedow, Klein Jasedower Filmtage, Germany; Filmfest Eberswalde, Germany; Noordelijk Film Festival, Netherlands; Temps d’images award for films on art, Portugal; Award fort the best film & Award fort he film which reflects best the importance of art in life and society; Filmer à tout prix, Belgium; European Documentary Festival “What’s Art Doc?”, United Kingdom
Formate: 16:9 – 16mm
Director: Nataša von Kopp
Cinematograper: Beate Scherer
Editor: Sarah Krumbach
Sound: Katerina Pavlovská
Music: Vladimír Martinka
Producer: Leif Alexis, Libor Tesacek
Produced by Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg