The fourth film on the programme is the 2018 Czech documentary film King Skate directed by Šimon Šafránek, on Friday 6 March at 7 pm in the Bikarija.
“Stick close to the concrete. Jam through space. Keep it moving. Skate!” Writer, journalist, DJ, and freelance filmmaker Šimon Šafránek shot his first feature documentary about the rise of skateboarding in Czechoslovakia – a charmingly cheeky yet wise, melancholy, and engaging account of the search for freedom in a society stifled by the communist regime. Unique archive shots set to a driving punk soundtrack (The Clash, Sex Pistols, Killing Joke, Visací zámek, Miro Žbirka) introduce us to the cult masters of the board – Ivan Zobák Pelikán, Petr Forman, and Luděk Váša – and their never-ending party ride through the grey days of Normalization. Forty songs, 20 bands from Czechoslovakia and abroad, a million-dollar budget and several months of hard work. The result is a soundtrack that a Czech film has never seen.
Šimon Šafránek (born in 1977 in Prague, Czech Republic) started out at the end of the ’90s as a film critic and worked for major Czech magazines and newspapers focusing on film and music. He directed the short documentary The Myth (2003), which is about Nick Cave and his fans. He also has directed TV documentaries that are focused on music. Since the mid-90’s he has been active as a DJ with The Fakes collective. He is the author of two novels: 23 and Fleischerei 36 which is about what he experienced living in Berlin.
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