Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Rene (Czech Republic)

Mon, March 16, 2009 | Hideout

6:00 PM

A new international documentary to be screened at SXSW film festival:

This raw authentic documentary film tells the story of Rene whose life was being captured on camera since he was seventeen. The camera followed his hopeless journey between prison and brief periods outside the prison walls. In 2008 the film comes to an end, leaving the now 37-year-old Rene as a sick man who still gets in trouble with the law and who is also the author of two published books. Director Helena Trestikova records Rene's personal developments against the backdrop of significant political transformations taking place in Central Europe.

Rene's story begins in prison under socialist posters, continues through the so-called Velvet Revolution of 1989 and gets a seemingly happy conclusion with the amnesty decree issued by President Vaclav Havel. Yet Rene soon heads back to prison and also celebrated our EU accession from behind the bars. During the years spent in prison - sentenced mainly for theft - Rene had his whole body covered in tattoos, escaped from prison only to be soon recaptured, burgled the director's home, was involved in a couple of romantic relationships, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis as well as a high IQ. Rene displays his outlook on life by flashing his "Fuck of People" tattoo on his neck.

Director: Helena Trestikova

Sponsored by: SX Global

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