PASSENGERS

How does it feel to take a backseat to your own life?

Directed by Jana Boršková
Director of Photography David Šachl, Jana Boršková
Edited by Blanka Kulová, Jiří Brožek
© Film & Sociologie, Adam Rakovský
Česká televize, 2018
Running time 77 min

How does it feel to take a backseat to your own life?

Filmed with truthfulness and authenticity over six years, a raw coming of age of four young men who were forced to be separated from their families at a tender age and grow up in a children’s home. They do theatre, train for a vocational certificate in cooking or welding, make friends, and struggle with family traumas and social exclusion. In their small provincial hometowns in the Czech Republic, opportunities and motivation are in short supply – unemployment, discrimination, and poverty abound, leading to abuse, mental issues, self-destruction, or addiction. In scenes with their parents and siblings, we realise that they have grown up with poor role models, without social norms.

Deprived of affection, protection, and communication, they long for love and struggle to escape their fates and make something out of themselves. Yet, assuming responsibility for themselves and their families does not come easy. Can they escape the inevitable and break the vicious circle?

The shooting of the film started in 2011. The film was finished in November 2017 and will be distributed in 2018.

Jana Boršková studied film in Prague (FAMU - Department of Screenwriting and Dramaturgy) and in Paris (Sorbonne Nouvelle, Department of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts). She works for the Czech Television – Direction of the travel documentary series Na Cestě (On the Road) – On the Road across: North Vietnam, West Bengal, Bombay, Sri Lanka and Goa. She is the director of the documentary film From Cherries to Cherries about her mother dealing with the death of her husband, Jana´s father.

The Czech production company Film&Sociologie has been active for 27 years. Film & Sociologie is the producer of the films Olga (DOK Leipzig – Dok International Programme) and Citizen Havel, both awarded Czech Lion for the best Czech documentary films of 2014 and 2008. Citizen Havel was for example shown at the Berlinale Film Festival 2008 and at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. Nomination: PRIX ARTE - European Film Academy Documentary 2008 and LUX‘08 Cinema Prize of the European Parliament.








PASSENGERS

How does it feel to take a backseat to your own life?

Directed by Jana Boršková
Director of Photography David Šachl, Jana Boršková
Edited by Blanka Kulová, Jiří Brožek

Running time 77 min

How does it feel to take a backseat to your own life?

Filmed with truthfulness and authenticity over six years, a raw coming of age of four young men who were forced to be separated from their families at a tender age and grow up in a children’s home. They do theatre, train for a vocational certificate in cooking or welding, make friends, and struggle with family traumas and social exclusion. In their small provincial hometowns in the Czech Republic, opportunities and motivation are in short supply – unemployment, discrimination, and poverty abound, leading to abuse, mental issues, self-destruction, or addiction. In scenes with their parents and siblings, we realise that they have grown up with poor role models, without social norms.

Deprived of affection, protection, and communication, they long for love and struggle to escape their fates and make something out of themselves. Yet, assuming responsibility for themselves and their families does not come easy. Can they escape the inevitable and break the vicious circle?

The shooting of the film started in 2011. The film was finished in November 2017 and will be distributed in 2018.

Jana Boršková studied film in Prague (FAMU - Department of Screenwriting and Dramaturgy) and in Paris (Sorbonne Nouvelle, Department of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts). She works for the Czech Television – Direction of the travel documentary series Na Cestě (On the Road) – On the Road across: North Vietnam, West Bengal, Bombay, Sri Lanka and Goa. She is the director of the documentary film From Cherries to Cherries about her mother dealing with the death of her husband, Jana´s father.

The Czech production company Film&Sociologie has been active for 27 years. Film & Sociologie is the producer of the films Olga (DOK Leipzig – Dok International Programme) and Citizen Havel, both awarded Czech Lion for the best Czech documentary films of 2014 and 2008. Citizen Havel was for example shown at the Berlinale Film Festival 2008 and at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. Nomination: PRIX ARTE - European Film Academy Documentary 2008 and LUX‘08 Cinema Prize of the European Parliament.