• Czech Republic
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“You bet on someone in the beginning of the process and then you wait and see what life does with them.” This is how Czech director Helena Trestikova explains her long-term documentaries. Following on from the European Film Academy Award winning RENE (2008), Trestikova brings us KATKA – 14 years in the life of a drug addict. KATKA is an extraordinarily raw and uncensored character portrait of a troubled young woman living on the edge of human existence, desperately searching for love and salvation. Will she find it in the rehab? Will she find it in the arms of the man she loves? Or in the first cry of her long-desired baby? Tagging along with her through the back streets and squalors of Prague, Trestikova gets deep under the skin of a person most of us would cross the road to avoid, and shows us Katka’s profoundly human face. You might be angry with Katka, or your heart may go out to her. One thing is certain – you will never forget her.


  • Original Title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Helena Třeštíková
  • Cinematography
    Vlastimil Hamerník, Kristián Hynek, Martin Kubala, Ferdinand Mazurek, Braňo Pažitka, Miroslav Souček, Tomáš Třeštík
  • Editing
    Jakub Hejna
  • Music
    Tadeáš Věrčák
  • Sound
    Václav Hejduk, Stanislav Hruška, Jaroslav Jedlička
  • Runtime
    90 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • IDFA 2010, The Netherlands
    • DocTape Award - RIDM 2010, Canada
    • MFF Karlovy Vary 2010
    • IFF Pusan 2010, South Korea
    • MoMa - Museum of Modern Art, Documentary fortnight 2011, New York, USA
    • DocPoint Helsinki 2011, Finland
    • Goteborg Film Festival 2011, Sweden
    • Haifa 2011, Israel
    • One world 2011, Czech Republic
    • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, 2011, USA
    • 13th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2011, Greece
    • 33rd Moscow International Film Festival 2011, Russia
    • Docudays UA 2012, Ukraine
  • Awards
    • Editing Award - RIDM 2010, Canada
    • Best Documentary 2010 - Czech Film Critics Awards, Czech Republic
    • Anasy Documentary Awards 2010, United Arab Emirates
    • Czech Lion Award for Best Documentary Film - Czech Film Critics Award, Czech Republic 2011
    • Honourable Mention - 11th goEAST Film Festival, 2011, Germany
    • Association of Czech Film Clubs (ACFK) Annual Award for Best Documentary Film - Finále Plzeň - Festival of Czech Films 2011, Czech Republic
    • Onion Award for the Best Film in the International Competition - MakeDox 2011, Macedonia

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