In Search of Janáček

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In Search of Janáček
Written by Petr Kaňka
Directed by Petr Kaňka
Starring Hanuš Bor
Ilona Svobodová
Zuzana Vejvodová
Jan Hartl
Theme music composer Leoš Janáček
Original language(s) Czech
Producer(s) Petr Nezval
(Česká televize)
Cinematography Antonín Chundela
Editor(s) Vasil Skalenakis
Running time 57 minutes
Distributor Česká televize
Original release
  • March 2003 (2003-03)

In Search of Janáček (Czech: Hledání Janáčka) is a film about life of composer Leoš Janáček.

The film, written and directed by Petr Kaňka, received Special Mention at the International Television Festival Golden Prague in 2003. It was released in 2004 to celebrate 150 years anniversary of Janáček. The director combined archive footage and contemporary stagings.

The film reflects the complicated character of Janáček (performed by Hanuš Bor), his work and his relationship with his wife (Ilona Svobodová) and his mistress Kamila Stösslová (Zuzana Vejvodová). It presents Janáček developed as a visionary of musical realism through the use of a specific musical language. The director tried to avoid any stereotypes of the composer. The film reveals his rather tough childhood, an early parting with parents and various conflicts, as well as hard work, self-education, and a desire for creation.

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