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New Life of Family Album

Adam Ol’ha
Nový život
Czech Republic, Slovakia 2012 / 80’

Five women and two men – a father who is unable to bear the tension and leaves and a son, who attempts to understand this decision and explore the world of his sisters from the inside. The making of a family document, combining new materials with black and white films from the family archive, is an attempt to create a new reality. Adam Ol’ha takes responsibility as the creator of a brave new world. With passion, he paints an image of the sisters and their mother – portraits woven of fear, memories, doubts about relationships and bold plans for an uncertain future. Realistic images wrapped around an improvised song about one of the younger sisters – the one who still watches events through the inquisitive eyes of a child and brazenly sweeps all her regrets under the carpet.


Jihlava International Documentary FF 2012 – Audience Award

Adam Ol’ha

Born in 1984 in Košice, Slovakia. He was studied at Academy of Musical Arts and Film at Television Faculty, Department of Documentaries in Prague under Alice Růžičková, Karel Vachek, Helena Třeštíková and Miroslav Janek supervision. Soon after he worked on various documentaries for TV and cinema. He collaborates on documentaries with Lucie Králová, Jan Sacher, Pavel Abrahám and others. In 2006 he received foreign scholarship at Lisbon Theatre and Film School in Portugal. He focuses on directing documentaries, film editing, photography and drawing.


2005 Pestitelé svátosti / The Sanctity Growers (doc., short)

2005 Svetlík (short)

2012 Nowe życie / Nový život / New Life of Family Album (doc.)

Cast & Crew

director Adam Ol’ha
screenplay Adam Ol’ha
cinematography Adam Ol’ha, archival footage
editing Jan Daňhel
music Ľubo Burgr
sound Tobiáš Potočný
cast The Ol’ha Family, Jan Švankmajer
producer Pavel Berčík, Alice Taberyová
production Artileria, Evolution Films, FAMU
sales Wide Management
language Slovak
colouration colour & b&w