The Gospel According to Brabenec

  • Czech Republic
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Journalist Renata Kalenská’s book of interviews with Vratislav Brabenec, prominent member of the Plastic People group, recorded not only his memories of the underground years, but also the author’s experiences with this highly distinctive individual. The film represents a cinematic sequel to the book, and looks to build on those experiences as it captures additional interviews with Brabenec, mainly improvised talks at places that hold some meaning for Brabenec or Kalenská. The result is several scenes of irrelevant philosophising, self-deprecating humour, and commentary on the life of birds, and on nature in general. The conversations, recorded mostly by hand-held camera, are interspersed with poetic citations.

‘Do you ever feel happy?’ ‘I don’t like the word happy at all. I equate happy with stupid.’ ‘I’m unhappy with you. So I guess I’m un-stupid.’


  • Original Title
    Evangelium podle Brabence
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Miroslav Janek, Renata Kalenská
  • Cinematography
    Miroslav Janek
  • Editing
    Antonie Janková
  • Music
    Vratislav Brabenec, Joe Karafiát, Honza Komárek, The Plastic People of the Universe
  • Sound
    Michael Míček, Jan Čeněk
  • Runtime
    87 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
  • 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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