Scene from the film Inner Courtyard
Scene from the film Inner Courtyard
Scene from the film Inner Courtyard
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Inner Courtyard

  • Czech Republic
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We have moved into an apartment in Dejvice quarter with a balcony overlooking the inner courtyard. I look at it every day and it makes me feel anxious. It is desolate, parcelled out, dead. “If you live next to something dead, there’s something dead inside you as well,” one of my neighbours said.

The film follows my attempt to tear down the fences and connect the area into a single space. Besides material barriers, inner blocks are revealed as well; the hidden mechanisms of fear of my neighbours (including myself) that play a crucial role in today’s isolationism. Besides a record of a particular action, the film is also a reflection on what is normal in today’s neighbourly relations as well as in close relations among people in general.


  • Original Title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Marika Pecháčková
  • Cinematography
    Vít Klusák, Jan Šípek, Marika Pecháčková
  • Editing
    Marika Pecháčková
  • Sound
    Radim Lapčík
  • Runtime
    34 min (31-45 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
  • Format
    • Black & White
  • Production 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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