Martinů Festtage 2022 | Cinema | My life with Bohuslav Martinů

Tuesday 1 November 2022, 8.15 pm
Stadtkino Basel, Switzerland

Cinema | My life with Bohuslav Martinů

Feature documentary about Bohuslav Martinů produced by Czech TV and Austrian ORF TV from 2021. The screening will be followed by an interview with director Jakub Sommer.

The documentary feature which uses two narrators to guide us through the life and work of the brilliant Czech composer. The film is partially based on the eponymous book written by the composer’s wife Charlotte. Her memories bring us a very detailed portrait of the protagonist and also breath a human dimension into the film. The second narrator of the story is Bohuslav’s friend and biographer Miloš Šafránek, who very unfortunately got himself involved with the STB, the Czechoslovakian communist secret police.

The film uses testimonies of partially documentary character, recreated scenes and realistic film footage to bring us not only the music of the great composer but also to shed light onto his personal life, opinions, feelings and attitudes. The creators filmed not only in the film studios but also in the National Theatre, the town of Polička and the Côte d’Azur.

Story: Jiří Hubač
Script: Lukáš Csicsely, Jakub Sommer
Director: Jakub Sommer
Script Editor: Radim Smetana
Director of Photography: Viktor Smutný
Set Designer: Jan Vlček
Costumes: Simona Rybáková
Make-Up: Iveta Huptychová 
Executive Producer: Kateřina Kovářová
Line Producer: Jan Rolínek
Creative Producer: Jiří Hubač


Martinů: Petr Stach
Charlotte: Tereza Hofová
Šafránek: Ondřej Kavan
Muse: Anna Fialová
and others

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