Forman vs. Forman

Forman vs. Forman
dir. Helena Třeštíková, Jakub Hejna/Czech Republic, France/2019/82 min.
Gdyńskie Centrum Filmowe, sala Morskie Oko

Who better to describe the life of director Miloš Forman (“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, “Amadeus”) than the man himself? Jakub Hejna and Helena Třeštíková created this collage portrait entirely from archive interviews, scenes from his classic films, visits to his film sets, and home videos shot by the filmmaker himself.

Forman, who died in 2018, explores his eventful career and private life. He lost both his parents as a child when they were deported from the former Czechoslovakia to concentration camps. He never felt at home with his foster families: “I felt like I was looking at the families through a window,” explains the filmmaker, “That feeling never left me.” Did that sense of remoteness and being disconnected perhaps form him as a storyteller? We get the opportunity to draw parallels such as these between Forman’s work and his personal life. But rather than carrying out an analysis, Hejna and Třeštíková let the images and outpourings—some of which are voiced by Forman’s son Petr—speak for themselves. The result is an intriguing glimpse into the life of an immigrant whose films were nominated for 31 Oscars, taking 13 of them home.


  • projection time:
    82 min.
  • country/year:
    Czech Republic, France /2019
  • director:
    Helena Třeštíková, Jakub Hejna
  • pictures:
    David Cysař
  • production:
    Kateřina Černá / Negativ Film Productions
  • awards :
    2019 – IDFA Amsterdam, 2019 – IFF Cannes, 2019 – IFF Karlovy Vary

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