About the film
Jan calls himself Hungry Buffalo, loves westerns, is blind and is in danger of losing his hearing too. He and his wife, Zuzana, have a common bond - a longing for adventure. That is why they undertake a trip to America to meet a medicine man from the Navajo tribe who, through a ritual, is supposed to improve his hearing. Will Hungry Buffalo´s romantic notions about the lives of Indians survive a confrontation with reality? The charismatic Jan amongst the Indians gives the impression of Wild West´s Don Quixote - a naive adventurer in a world that is much more ordinary than his imagination.
|featuring||Jan a Zuzana Pavlíčkovi, Blackhorse, a další|
|story, screenplay, and directed by||Pavel Jurda|
|produced by||Radim Procházka|
|screenplay by||Pavel Jurda|
|edited by||Marek Šulík|
|photographer, producer||Roman Franc|
PAVEL JURDA *1970 (director) graduated from the Faculty of Forestry at the Mendel University in Brno and in dramaturgy from the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno. He is a director, screenwriter, playwright, producer, and occasional actor, and for several years, he also worked as a forester. He has made dozens of documentaries. In addition to the feature film My Name is Hungry Buffalo, which took five years to make, he has directed the musical documentary Sólo pro jednu ruku (A Solo for One Hand, 2017) about the dramatic origin of one of Janáček’s piano works. His feature film Dobrý život bratra Bendy (The Good Life of Brother Benda) about a quirky Moravian member of the Sokol will come to cinemas in 2018. As a script editor, Jurda co-operates with the National Theatre in Brno.
RADIM PROCHÁZKA * 1975 (producer) Producer and director.
He graduated in mass communication from Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University and documentary film at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he is now a mentor of foreign students. He has produced films directed by Robert Sedláček (e.g. Pravidla lži (Rules of Lies) or Rodina je základ státu (Long Lives the Family!) and Karel Vachek (at present, they are shooting a feature essay Komunismus (Communism)). He also focuses on international co-productions and films by debut directors. His films have won many awards, e.g. Schmitke directed by Štěpán Altrichter won the Czech Lions Awards for sound and music in 2016. Procházka’s latest directorial achievement, 50%, is the first Czech short documentary about online film forums.
JIŘÍ STRNAD *1977 (photography) As a cinematographer, he has worked on many documentaries (in 2011, he won the Audience Award for Nesvatbov (Matchmaking Mayor) directed by Erika Hníková at the Berlinale; in 2012, the Per Artem ad Deum Award for Pražské Jezulátko (The Infant Jesus of Prague) directed by Otakáro M. Schmid). He is also a director of short films, producer (Filmium o. s.), and photographer.
JIŘÍ KUBÍK * 1977 (sound) works as a sound engineer and editor, co-operating with leading Czech documentary film-makers (e.g. Jan Gogola, jr. – Rock života (A Year of The Stump), Král nic nedělá (The King Does Not Do Anything), Kateřina Šedá: Jak se dělý mýtus? (Kateřina Šedá: Mythmaking)).
MAREK ŠULÍK * 1977 (editor) works as an editor (he edited, for example, 66 seasons (66 Seasons) and Jak se vaří dějiny (Cooking History) directed by Peter Kerekéš) and director of documentaries (Cesta Magdaleny Robinzonovej (The Journey of Magdalena Robinson), Zvonky šťastia (Bells of Happiness)). He is also a teacher at the Department of Documentary Film-making at the Faculty of Film and Television – The Academy of Music and Performing Arts, Bratislava, Slovakia, and co-ordinator of an archiving project focusing on amateur films.
ROMAN FRANC * 1983 (photographer) studied social sciences and physical education at the Faculty of Education, Masaryk University in Brno, followed by a master’s degree in photography at the Institute of Creative Photography, Silesian University in Opava. He organizes photography courses and workshops for both private and public institutions, with an emphasis on inspirational environment and experience, and prepares exhibitions as a curator. His photographs can be found in museums and private collections in the USA, Canada, and Europe. In addition to taking photographs, Roman Franc also co-operates with the Czech television, shooting documentaries. As a photographer, he is represented by Pictura Gallery in Indiana, USA.
WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT US
KAM V BRNĚ, September 2017 (Tourist Information Centre, Brno)
Interview with director Pavel Jurda
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