About the film

documentary, CZ/PL,SK, 2014, 100 min.

Gottland is a full-length documentary film and a series of documentary episodes based on a bestselling collection of reportages, under the same title, by Mariusz Szczygiel (winner of Nike Literary Award and European Book Prize 2009). Young documentary film makers from renowned Prague Film School FAMU, inspired by the book, take a closer look at the history of post-war Czechoslovakia and Czech Republic, in order to discover new heroes and remind us of the ones that were forgotten or erased from the history. By examining events from the First Czechoslovak Republic and World War II,  looking at stories from 50s and 60s and from the period of normalisation, they ask about the consequences of those groundbreaking events. Are we always right in distinguishing, which events where the vital ones? In stories that appear familiar, are we always sure to tell, who is the real hero and who is the traitor?

It is the coproduction of BFILM, nutprodukce (CZ), Czech television (CZ), FAMU (CZ) and Centrala film (PL). The production was financially supported by Czech Film Fund, Polish Film Institute and Slovak Audiovisual Fund.

Festivals and Awards

The premiere was held on 18th August 2014 in Prague, Czech republic and internationally was Gottland first time released at the 30th Warsaw International Film Festival in Poland.

In has received this awards:

Silver Eye Award - International Documentary Film Festival 2014, Jihlava, Czech Republic
Jury Honorable Mention - FAMUfest 2014, Praha, Czech Republic

You could have seen Gottland at these festivals:

30th International Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland
12th International Film Festival Tofifest 2014, Torun, Poland
International Documentary Film Festival 2014, Jihlava, Czech Republic
Festival of Human Rights 2014, Bosnia and Herzegovina
International Film Festival, 2014, Bratislava, Slovakia
FAMUfest 2014, Praha, Czech Republic
International Documentary Film Festival 2015, Vilnius, Lithuania
Finále Plzeň 2015, Plzeň, Czech Republic


Directors: Lukáš Kokeš, Petr Hátle, Viera Čákanyová, Rozálie Kohoutová, Radovan Síbrt, Klára Tasovská
Story: Mariusz Szczygieł
Script: Jan Gogola ml., Viera Čákanyová, Petr Hátle, Rozálie Kohoutová, Lukáš Kokeš, Klára Tasovská, Radovan Sibrt
Producer: nutprodukce (CZ) Tomáš Hrubý
Co-producers: Centrala Film (PL)Jacek Nagłowski, BFILM (SK) - Peter Badač 
D.O.P.: Lukáš Kokeš, Lukáš Milota, Prokop Souček
Animation: Miša Čopíková, Veronika Obertová, Daniela Krajčová, Martin Tomori
Editor: Šimon Hájek, Lukáš Kokeš, Jan Daňhel, Evženie Brabcová
Sound Design: Adam Levý, Jan Richtr, Marek Poledna, Miloš Hanzély


Lukáš Kokeš

Lukáš (1983) graduated the film theory at Charles University in Prague and documentary department at FAMU.


Czech Journal (2013)
V.I.P. / Vietnamese Important People (2013)
The Fortress (2012)
~ Česká radost – The Best Czech Documentary MFDF Jihlava 2012
~ Best Documentary, One World, Romania
Redemption Attempt of a TV Repairman Josef Lávička in Nine Scenes (2010)
~ Special Mention MFDF Jihlava 2010
~ Cena Václava Táborského, Finále Plzeň 2010
~ Audience Prize FAMUFEST 2010
59-184-84 (2009)


Petr Hátle

Petr (1983) after studying History and Theory of Film and Philosophy at Charles University Prague, he became a student of the Documentary Department of FAMU Prague.


The Great Night (2013)
~ Česká radost – The Best Czech Documentary MFDF Jihlava 2013
Advent (2011)
Leaving Istanbul (2010)
Make up (2009)
~ 2. cena v kategorii neamatérský film, Mladá kamera Uničov 2009
Heroes – Das Concept (2008)
~ The Best Documentary, FAMUFEST 2008, Praha
~ 2. cena v kategorii neamatérský film, Mladá kamera Uničov 2008
Hiltonleaving (2006)


Viera Čákanyová

Viera (1980) studied Academy of Performing Arts (VŠMU) in Bratislava – Department of Scriptwriting. She continued in her film studies later at Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague – Departement of Documentary Film. 


Twenty (2014)
Update (2010)
Olda (2010)
Alda (2009)
~ The Best Movie, The Best Editting FAMUFEST 2009, Praha
100 days (2009)
~ Grand Prix Award, Early Melons 2010, Bratislava
~ The Best Camera, Kamera Oko 2010, Ostrava
~ Grand Prix IFF "Etiuda & Anima" 2007, Krakow
Worms (2007)
Piranha (2007)
~ The Best Movie, FAMUFEST 2007, Praha
Under underground (2006)
~ The Best Documentary, Early Melons, Bratislava
~ Special Mention, Áčko, Bratislava


Rozalie Kohoutová

Rozálie (1985) attended Charles University where she specialized in Roma culture and she graduated at FAMU’s Documentary Film Department. She studied two semesters at Sorbonne in Paris where she worked in a documentary film production company Ideal Audience. 


Kytlice – Zimmer Frei (2011)
Roma Boys, the Love Story (2009)
~ The Best Movie, FAMUFEST 2009, Praha
~ The Best Movie of Fresh Film Fest 2010, Praha
~ Dagmar Táborskí Award
Aliens and Herons (2008)
Velmistr (2008)
~ The Best Documentary, FAMUFEST 2008, Praha
~ Dagmar Táborskí Award
O Topanki (2007)
~ The Best Movie, FAMUFEST 2007, Praha
~ GoEast Wiesbaden Award 2008


Radovan Síbrt

Radovan (1975) graduated from The Faculty of Humanities and The Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, at Charles University (FHS UK / FF UK), as well as from The Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU). He has worked on short independent documentaries (MRG) and fiction films (Domestic Violence, Bambino di Praga) as well as cooperated with the Czech National Broadcaster. 


The Prison of Art (2013)
O slušnosti (2012)
Domácí násilí (2007)
~ The Best Director, FAMUFEST 2007, Praha
~ Cinepur Award
Marriage of Gabina and Robert (2005)
~ The Best Movie, FAMUFEST 2005, Praha
~ The Best Movie of Fresh Film Fest 2006, Praha
~ cena odbornej poroty na prehliadke FRAME
~ Cinepur Award


Klára Tasovská

Klára (1980) graduated from New Media department at AVU and currently is studying at the Documentary department at FAMU. She is collaborating at internet projects such as artycok.tv, edata-base.net, k-r-o-n-i-k-a.net. 


The Fortress (2012)
~ Česká radost – The Best Czech Documentary MFDF Jihlava 2012
~ Best Documentary, One World, Romania
Midnight (2010)
~ nomination for Cenu Magnesia for the best student film, 2010
~ The Best Documentary, Early Melons Bratislava, 2011
Memory recall (2008)
HaCan (2008)
Rekonstrukce (2007)
Strom (2007)
Baníček (2006)


GOTTLAND from BFILM on Vimeo.


Producer nutprodukce: Tomáš Hrubý – tomas(at)nutprodukce.cz
Co-producer BFILM: Peter Badač – peter(at)bfilm.sk