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The Great Night

Petr Hátle
Velká noc
Czech Republic 2013 / 72’

It seems that Prague is a city where all of its light comes from inside. Evidence in support of this thesis can be seen in the latest film by Petr Hátle, whose work was recognized at the film festival in Jihlava as the best Czech documentary of 2013. Hátle portrays people living on the margins of society in Prague, those who are mainly active at night: prostitutes and transvestites waiting under streetlights, junkies and drunks sitting in dimly lit bars and musty apartments, and even a slutty young disco queen looking for fulfillment in the glow of pulsating lights. These people are united by their sleeplessness and their desire to meet similar outcasts in an unnamed subculture driven by amphetamines, alcohol, casual sex, unrealized plans, and unfulfilled dreams. Somewhere far off in the background looms the desire to break free of this spiral of nocturnal experiences and to have a better life, far from constant consumption and the artificial lights of the big city.

Adam Horowski


Jihlava International Documentary FF 2013 - Best Czech Documentary

Petr Hátle

Petr Hátle was born in 1983 in Prague, which is also where he completed his studies, first at the Faculty of Philosophy and Art at Charles University and then at the Film and Television Faculty at the Academy of Performing Arts. He has been making short and feature-length documentary films for a number of years. The film magazine Cinepur recognized his short film Advent as the best student film of 2010. The Great Night was selected by the jury at the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival as the best Czech documentary of 2013.

Selected filmography

2008 Heroes / Das Konzept (short doc.)

2010 Leaving Istanbul (short doc.)

2010 Advent (short doc.)

2011 Prolegomena to Virtual Framing of a Revolution (doc.)

2013 Wielka noc / Velká noc / The Great Night (doc.)

Cast & Crew

director Petr Hátle
screenplay Petr Hátle
cinematography Prokop Souček
editing Šimon Hájek
music Martin Klusák, Lukáš Turza
producer Pavla Kubečková, Tomáš Hrubý
production Nutprodukce
sales Nutprodukce
language Czech
colouration colour