Director Andrea Sedláčková began filming in Chernobyl a full documentary about the holder of four prestigious World Press Photo Awards by Antonín Kratochvíl. Movie titled My father, Antonin Kratochvil combines the history of three generations of photographers through Michael's son, the filmmakers will follow the fate of the Kratochvil clan and, above all, one of them, Father Antonin. The documentary will hit theaters in 2020. Martina Reková informed the creator about it.
"I want to make a film about identity searching, which is a theme based on Antonin's photographs, and it will be a film about freedom whereby a person often pays a grand prize, and above all about love between son and father when Michael in his eighteenth year of his father Antonin the act of photographing, which combines three generations of Kratochvílů – grandfather, father and son – will play a crucial role, "said the director Sedláčková, who has made a film in the past. Fair play or document Life according to Václav Havel.
The search for the past of the Kratochvil family shows how the 20th century has reached the fate of several generations several times. Antonin Kratochvil spent the early years of his childhood in a labor camp in Vinoři, near Prague, where his father Jaroslav and his family were evicted in the 1950s. At the age of eighteen Antonin emigrated from Czechoslovakia. He left his son Michael before he was born. He spent a dramatic year in the Austrian refugee camp, spent several months in the Swedish crime, fought in Chad with the colors of the French Alien Legion, where he managed to escape. In Amsterdam he studied photography at the prestigious Gerrit Rietveld Academy.
His success had finally reached him in America, where he had taken pictures of war conflicts. After nearly 20 years, he returned to his homeland, where he met his son Michael. Antonín Kratochvíl worked as a photographer, for example, for the New York Times, Newsweek, Vogue and Rolling Stone.
At the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Antonín Kratochvíl looked at it several times, for the first time in 1996. Chernobyl does not take a photo with his son for the first time. However, Michael accompanied him as an assistant, but he was next to his father as an equivalent photographer. One of the goals of this journey is the idea that Michael and Antonin will do a photographic portrait of the other.
To support the creation of a feature-length documentary about one of the most important Czech photographers, Leica Gallery Prague will hold a public photo auction of Antonín Kratochvíl, which will take place on 4 December. The auction will feature Antonin and Michael Kratochvíl.
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