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KAPR CODE

7 | 6 | 2022 | 19:00
Edison Filmhub

KAPR CODE : SPECIAL SCREENING OF DOCUMENTARY OPERA + CONCERT OF KAPR'S WORK 

LIFE AS A COMPOSITION IN DOCUMENTARY OPERA

SCREENING

The documentary opera Kapr Code explores the ambivalent story of the progressive composer, experimentalist and prominent Communist Jan Kapr (1914-1988) who has almost been erased from official memory. In the 1950s, he became so renowned for his propaganda music that he received one of the highest accolades of the Eastern Bloc at the time – the Stalin Prize. He returned the award in reaction to the invasion of Czechoslovakia in August 1968. Subsequently, performances of his works were perpetually banned. Kapr then devoted his time to making Super 8 mm films, consisting either of footage documenting his own life or of idiosyncratic, fictional films. These never-before published materials come to life in a playful reconstruction of life after death where film and historical memory and Kapr’s music interweave to create a narrative whose dimensions are almost mythological.

CONCERT

JAN KAPR:

Love Songs - selection (1956)

Karel Jakubů - voice I Jakub Škampa - piano

Test I from the cycle Testimonianze for solo bass clarinet (1969)

Petr Valášek - bass clarinet

Sonata for dulcimer (1968)

Daniel Skála - dulcimer

 

FILM: KAPR CODE / KaprKód

91 minutes, English subtitles

Director and Screenplay: Lucie Králová

Libretto: Jiří Adámek

Music: Jan Kapr a Petra Šuško

Singers: Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno, choirmaster: Petr Fiala, soloist: Karel Jakubů

Sound: Michal Gábor, Petr Šoupa, Richard Müller

Sound mix: Petr Šoupa

Sound design: Richard Müller

Cut: Adam Brothánek

Camera: Tomáš Stanek, Adam Oĺha, Petr Příkaský, Jakub Halousek

Dramaturgy: Jan Gogola ml.

Producents: Andrea Shaffer / Mindset Pictures, Martin Řezníček / DOCUfilm Praha

Co-producers: Zuza Piussi a Vít Janeček / VIRUSfilm, Helena Uldrichová / Česká televize, Michal Křeček /MagicLab

Supported by: The Czech Film Fund, Slovak Audiovisual Fund, South Moravian Film Fund