Art Talent Show (2022)

DESCRIPTION

The Academy of Arts (AVU) in Prague holds entrance exams every year. At three different studios, the film observes a demanding challenge the teachers are facing: how to find the chosen ones in the crowds of applicants, the new talents who will be given opportunities to form the art world in the following years? The talent test eventually becomes an art as such. A layered, observational documentary which presents a portrait of an institution and a light generational statement in one.

REVIEWS

The enjoyable, absorbing film seems primed for a healthy run on the documentary festival circuit, but its deserved win in the Proxima section at Karlovy Vary — a rare triumph for a nonfiction film in a lineup heavily weighted toward fiction — does also signal its accessibility to general festival and arthouse audiences.

– Jessica Kiang, Variety, ‘Art Talent Show’ Review: A Witty, Wiseman-esque Documentary About Art School Staff and Their Aspiring Students 9.07.22

DIRECTED BY
Adela Komrzy & Tomas Bojar, Czech Republic, 2022, 102´
FESTIVALS
Karlovy Vary IFF
Awards
Grand Prix - Proxima Competition KVIFF, FIPRESCI Award - KVIFF
TERRITORIES
World except of North America, Czech Republic and Slovakia
Distribution
North America: Film Movement, Czech Republic: Aero Films, Slovakia: Film Expanded
DIRECTOR BIO

Adéla Komrzý (1992) studied History of Arts and graduated from Documentary Directing at the Prague´s FAMU. Berlinale Talents 2018. Her BA graduation film Teaching War from the Czech Journal cycle was awarded with the main Andrej “Nikolaj” Stankovič Prize. Her film Viva Video, Video Viva about Czech video art pioneers was nominated for the Pavel Koutecký Award. Her last film, Intensive Life Unit, was awarded with numerous prizes including the Czech Lion Award, the Czech Film Critics’ Award, the Trilobit Award, the Pavel Koutecký Award and various film festival prizes.

Tomáš Bojar (1981) has a degree in politics, law and moral philosophy. He has been active in the film industry since 2003, first as a scriptwriter, later also as a producer and director. He worked on multiple film projects in a creative duo with Pavel Abrahám — Czech RAPublic (2008) and Two Nil (2012). Together with Rozálie he directed FC Roma (2016) and Off Sides (2019). In 2018 he completed a feature length documentary Breaking News.