About the film
The German word „Nebel“ means „Fog“ in Czech. If read backwards we find a totally different German word, „Leben“ – „Life“. And it is a life hidden in a fog of feelings and memories that is exactly what makes up our trilogy of graphic novels, „Alois Nebel“.
„Alois Nebel“ came to be in the year 2003, when the first book of the graphic novel, „Bily Potok“, came out. Two more followed, „Central Station“ (2004) and „Zlate Hory“ (2005). In 2006, the three titles were collected in one volume named after the protagonist. It is from this collection that the story that forms the basis of the screenplay emerged.
The graphic novel “Alois Nebel” is drawn in a raw, sharp, edgy black-and-white style which sums up the uneasy atmosphere of the time and place. In adopting this approach, Artist Jaromir 99 was inspired by American comics of the 1950s, socialist realism and motifs from traditional paper cutouts which remain a typical form of folk art in the Jesenik mountain area.
Ultimately, rotoscoping technology comes nearest to our conception of how best to adapt the graphic novel “Alois Nebel ” into a film that remains true to the source material’s form. We will be able to conserve the primary design of the books and, simultaneously, enrich it through the subtleties that live human acting always brings.
“Alois Nebel” is a film about wandering about, finding one’s way and repeatedly getting lost in the fog of history, about looking for peace and love no matter how late in life one may be.