The Ferrari Dino Girl

(Holka Ferrari Dino)
Czech Republic 2009. Director: Jan Němec
Cast: Karel Roden, Tammy Sundquist, Jan Budař

VANCOUVER PREMIERE! ► “Following on from his Late Night Talks with Mother, Jan Němec contributes another film to a genre that has been called autodocumentary. In 1968, he filmed the first footage of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia to be smuggled out of the country. It subsequently appeared in television coverage throughout the world as well as in his own film Oratorio for Prague and the Hollywood adaptation of The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Here he recounts how he filmed the material and smuggled it to Austria with the help of a girl called Jana, ‘the Ferrari Dino girl.’ The 16 minutes of unedited footage form the centrepiece of the film, framed by semi-abstract images of buildings and city streets, with ‘guest appearances’ by Karel Roden as Němec and Tammy Sundquist as Jana. Despite being a film ‘on the edge of experiment,’ The Ferrari Dino Girl provides a strangely direct and authentic document on one of the century's key events. Shown without commentary or editorial intervention, the footage itself attains something of its original traumatic impact” (Peter Hames, London Film Festival). B&W and colour, Digibeta video, in Czech with English subtitles. 68 mins.