Scene from the film Koudelka Shooting Holy Land
Scene from the film Koudelka Shooting Holy Land
Scene from the film Koudelka Shooting Holy Land
Scene from the film Koudelka Shooting Holy Land
Scene from the film Koudelka Shooting Holy Land
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Koudelka Shooting Holy Land

  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
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Czech Photographer Josef Koudelka grew up behind the Iron Curtain and always wanted to know “what was on the other side”. Forty years after capturing the iconic images of the Soviet invasion of Prague in 1968, the legendary Magnum photographer arrives in Israel and Palestine. On first seeing the nine-meter-high wall built by Israel in the West Bank, Koudelka is deeply shaken and embarks on a four-year project in the region which will confront him once again with the harsh reality of violence and conflict.

Director Gilad Baram, Koudelka’s assistant at the time, follows him on his journey through the Holy Land from one enigmatic and visually spectacular location to another. In each location – soon to become a new “Koudelka photo” – a new scene unfolds, gradually introducing us to Koudelka’s method of working and his perception of the world he is documenting as well as the people he encounters. A fascinating dialogue emerges between Baram’s cinematography and Koudelka’s still photographs, as Baram places the photographer in his own breathtaking compositions.

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  • Original Title
    Koudelka Shooting Holy Land
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Gilad Baram, Elisa Purfürst
  • Cinematography
    Gilad Baram
  • Editing
    Elisa Purfürst
  • Music
    Tobias Purfürst
  • Sound
    Sebastian Morsch
  • Runtime
    72 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
    • Germany
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • FIFA 2017, Montreal, Canada
    • Febiofest 2017, Bratislava, Slovakia
    • Filmer le travail 2017, Poitiers, France
    • Rencontres du film d'art du cinéma le Régent de Saint-Gaudens, Saint-Gaudens, France
    • Trieste Film Festival 2017, Italy
    • KUMU Documentary Festival 2017, Tallinn, Estonia
    • Brussels Art Film Festival 2016, Brussels, Belgium
    • Trondheim Documentary Festival 2016, Trondheim, Norway
    • Corsica Doc 2016
    • Doku Arts 2016, Berlin, Germany
    • SFJFF36, San Francisco, USA
    • Galway Film Festival 2016
    • FILAF 2016, Perpignan, France
    • Docaviv International Documentary Film Festival 2016, Tel Aviv, Israel
    • DOKfest München 2016, Munich, Germany
    • Finale Plzen 2016, Pilsen, Czech Republic
    • One World 2016, Prague, Czech Republic
    • Jihlava IDFF 2015, Jihlava, Czech Republic
  • Awards
    • Public Award, Corsica Doc Festival
    • Special Mention, Finale Plzen is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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