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la Biennale di Venezia
Main Visual Sezione Cinema EN (new)


69th Venice International Film Festival

Director: Alberto Barbera

29th August > 8th September 2012


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The fi lm depicts the everyday life of an internship for apprentices in a typical small-town boarding school in Socialist Czechoslovakia. Jana rebels against the rigid structures of the institution much to the admiration of the majority of the girls. She does not want to become a “model worker”: she has a boyfriend and wants to see him as much as she can and dance rock-and-roll and she despises the supervisor’s hypocrisy. The teachers try in vain to make the girl conform to the dominant social models: the girl begins to neglect her work and refuses to speak.
3 September 17:00 - Sala Volpi 3 September 20:00 - Sala Perla 2 «80!» Pytel blech (A Bagful of Fleas) (1963) by Vera Chytilová - Czechoslovakia, 44'
language: Czech - s/t English, Italian

Director’s Statement
During fi lming I did not think about the differences between documentary and fiction, two equally adventurous processes. I really wanted to avoid stereotypes and attain an authenticity of expression. I was interested in my personal discovery of the world and the possibility of expressing it through fi lm.