René – The Prisoner of Freedom

    • Helena Třeštíková
    • Czech Republic
    • 2021
    • 102 min
    • World Premiere
    • Masters

    The Czech criminal René is finding it difficult to go straight. Roaming from job to shelter, from woman to woman, he discovers that living honestly is a lot more difficult than just stealing something every once in a while. In 1989, filmmaker Helena Třeštíková started filming the then 18-year-old delinquent, ultimately resulting in the 2008 film René, which follows his life inside and outside prison. This sequel to that film begins with the premiere of René and the ensuing storm of media attention.

    In the years that followed, Třeštíková continued to film René’s daily life and his existential reflections, with intervening pauses of several months. So far, his newly acquired national status as “lovable criminal” has brought him few benefits, except for the attention of female fans. Will he manage to keep out of jail this time?

    His personal motto tattooed on his neck: “Fuck Of People” [sic] seems to be fading as he grows older and more friendly. René gradually starts finding his way in a more socially approved way of life—and even in love. 

    Credits

    • 102 min
    • color
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: Czech
    • Subtitles in: English
    Director
    Helena Třeštíková
    Production
    Kateřina Černá for NEGATIV, Pavel Strnad for NEGATIV
    Cinematography
    David Cysař
    Editing
    Jakub Hejna
    Sound Design
    Richard Müller

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