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4 Jun 2016 16:00

Drahomíra Vihanová Documentary Programme

A selection of the best documentaries by Drahomíra Vihanová, a principled and uncompromising documentary filmmaker, whose graduation film Fugue on the Black Keys (1964) won four international awards, and whose heartfelt documentaries, such as Metamorphosis of My Friend Eva (1991), Behind the Window (1989), Questions for Two Women (1983) and Everyday I Step Out in front of Your Face (1992), have inspired generations of film students in Prague.

Fugue on the Black Keys  
Exploring the world of outsiders, Vihanová’s first film follows an African classical music student in Prague and explores issues of loneliness and isolation at a time when there were few non-white students in the country.
Czechoslovakia 1965 Dir Drahomíra Vihanová 30 mins
Questions for Two Women
A rural railway worker and a city dwelling molecular chemist have more in common than they originally thought.
Czechoslovakia 1985 Dir Drahomíra Vihanová 22 mins
Everyday I Step in front of your Face, 21’
Franz Eimann, a farmer in the German-speaking part of Czechoslovakia, was called to the front line in 1943. This documentary short explores the difficulty of his return home after the war, when German-Czech relations had profoundly changed.
Metamorphosis of My Friend Eva, 21’
This TV short is a portrait of Vihanová’s friend Eva Olmerová, a renowned Czech jazz singer. The film captures the highs and lows of Olmerová’s life, and embodies their friendship.


Part of Drahomíra Vihanová Retrospective @ Barbican.

Presented in partnership with the Barbican, and the National Film Archive, Prague

With special thanks to Dr Vladimir Alexander Smith-Mesa.


Everyday I Step in front of your Face

Questions for Two Women

Read Barbican's Blog about Drahomíra Vihanová




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4 Jun 2016 16:00


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