PRIPYAT PIANO FILM

A DOCUMENTARY CONCERT FROM CHERNOBYL ZONE

 
 

FILM SCREENINGS

UPCOMING

Na podzim 2021 vstoupí film do české kinodistribuce, v rámci promítání Kinedok. Více informací brzy.

During Autumn 2021 there will be more screenings and screenings on VOD platforms, more info soon. 

FESTIVAL SCREENINGS 2021

10.04.-10.05. Art Museum Singapore

29.05. Ribalta Experimental Film Festival - Italy

10.07. Masálka Fest

22.08. Živé kino Jihlava

23.9.2021 Český Krumlov, Prádelna19:30

04.10. Slavnostní offline premiéra Bio OKO, Praha 18:00

22.10. Kino Ponrepo, Praha 20:00

29.10.2021 Praha Kinoskop Adventor

 

FESTIVAL SCREENINGS 2020

24.04.-02.05 VISION DU RÉEL - WORLD PREMIERE https://www.visionsdureel.ch/2020/film/pripyat-piano

17-23.08. Glasgow short film festival

16.10.-21.10 Image science film festival, New York City

08.-25.10. Cineast Film Festival, Luxembourg

12.-25.10. The Pärnu International Documentary Film Festival, Estonia

27.10.-01.11. International Documentary Film Festival Jihlava  - Czech Premiere 

04.-08.11. Teheran International short film festival, Iran. http://www.tisff.ir/selected-films-2020/

07-11.11 New Narrative Film Festival, Taipei

12.11.-19.11 Zinebi 62, International documentary festival of Bilbao, Spain

15.-22.11. Festival dei Popoli, Italy

23.11.Festival Golden Kapok, China

LATEST REVIEWS and AWARDS

CZECH LION NOMINATION https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElIon6O_H54

FILM REVIEW BY JOONATAN ITKONEN https://toisto.net/2020/07/24/visions-du-reel-2020-pripyat-piano/

Silver Eye Award for Pripyat Piano https://dokweb.net/articles/detail/778

 

Special mention: The Pärnu International Documentary Film Festival, Estonia (Between life and d.)

Special mentionImage science film festival, New York City (AEON prize Honorary mention)

 
Snímek obrazovky 2020-03-28 v 10.57.07.

A STORY BEHIND

ABOUT PRIPYAT PIANO SHORT FILM

Due to high radiation level in former city of Pripyat, abandoned pianos became the only inhabitants who can maintain its sounds even if the surrounding walls collapse. Also, piano is too heavy to steal, so noon can take it away from the city.

 

Chernobyl tragedy heavily settled in local people minds, who were forced to leave their homes. To be able to overcome it - they produced their own songs, poems and lyrics, dealing with the case. Now they are coming back to Pripyat to sing and play them again. 

With looking at overgrown objects in Pripyat, and listening the sounds of nature and radioactive pianos, they could witness the tremendous power of nature to be able not only to conquer, but also to adapt.

The film is dedicated to poet Lyubov Sirota and Olenka Chemezova - a young talented pianist who has died of a cancer in 1995.


The Chernobyl nuclear disaster occurred in 1986. Due to the high levels of radioactivity, many people had to leave their homes forever. Today, the city of Pripyat is one of the biggest ghost towns in the world.

 

Before shooting this documentary film, there was a CD Pripyat Piano with field recordings as the first project. 

Director Eliška Cílková, who graduated from Musical Composition invented the idea, that presence of Pripyat could be transferred via music. In 2010 she began to look for abandoned pianos in Pripyat. Thanks to original inhabitants she found nine instruments and visited each of them to record. CD was released two years later, and it was also mentioned ​ in the book "Experimental Music since 1970" by Jennie Goatschalk in Oxford Press.

In 2016 Eliška and her team started to work on a short documentary film. They were repeatedly visiting Pripyat during years 2018 and 2019, and shoot and record 20 abandoned pianos, and compositions and poets of Pripyat inhabitants.

 

Film created by:

Director, editor, music: Eliška Cílková

Cinematography: Tomáš Frkal

Sound: Miroslav Chaloupka

Dramaturgy: Lukáš Kokeš

Consultants: Miroslav Janek and Martin Mareček

Editor in development: Lukáš Janičík

Assistants: Vojtěch Dvořák, Matouš Bičák, Marianna Klochko, Myro Klochko

Production: Noemi Krausová

Producer: Jindřich Andrš


Film production supported by:
Czech Film Fund

 

Produced by:

Gamma Pictures ltd.

Co-produced by:

FAMU - Ondřej Šejnoha, Tomáš Šimon

Film partners:

Sleepwalker, Los Rentalos, Kino Mat Resort, Institute of Documentary Film, Czech Film Center

Director and producer warmly thanks to: Lukáš Ryzí, Kateřina Vršanská, Alexander Sirota, Lyubov Sirota, Aleksey Moskalenko, Myro Klochko, Tomáš Šimon, Yuri Tatarchuk, Kristýna Cílková, Eva Cílková, Ondřej Nuslauer, Natalie Tereshchenko, Lukáš Janičík, Vojtěch Kunc, Jan Dřízal, Zdenek Blaha, Walter Nagy, Vít Chovanec, Alice Růžičková, Václav Vašků

 
 

CONTACT

DIRECTOR

Eliška Cílková

www.eliskacilkova.com

FILM PRODUCER 
Jindřich Andrš

+420722547172