Forman vs. Forman



Miloš Forman the artist. Miloš Forman the man. A filmmaker decorated with Oscars for Amadeus and One Flew Over the Cuckoo‛s Nest. At the same time, a charismatic adventurer with the courage to question himself. His experience with a totalitarian regime bestowed him with the theme of the conflict of an individual with institutions which he kept successfully developing in his American films. At the same time, he never stopped searching for a place where he would feel free. The Forman vs. Forman documentary by directors Helena Třeštíková and Jakub Hejna outlines the journey of the life of the most famous Czech filmmaker on which blows of fate blended with strokes of fortune, personal searching and fumbling. The film is a collage of rare private and official archives, and autobiographic memories narrated by the filmmaker‛s son Petr Forman.

Czech Republic, France


Czech Television, ARTE G.E.I.E., Alegria Productions

18. 5. 2019

DCP, HD Files

78 minut

The film was made with the financial support of the Czech Film Fund, CNC, PROCIREP and ANGOA. The film was co-financed by the Creative Europe program of the European Union and the film incentives program by the Czech Film Fund.

Trailer & Photogallery

Cast & Crew

Helena Třeštíková, Jakub Hejna

Helena Třeštíková

Jakub Hejna

David Cysař

Richard Müller

About the film

Miloš Forman was a crucial figure in my life. I loved his films since I was a girl. I lived in the center of Prague and there was almost a dozen cinemas in our neighborhood. I saw all the fairy tales and all the socialist films for children and the youths. When I was 13, a miracle happened: I saw Audition (Konkurs). It changed my world. Suddenly, the life on screen was just like the life I knew in reality. The feeling that movies were about some different, better world than mine was gone. Suddenly, I realized that film didn‛t have to create an illusion and instead, it could express a truth about life! To me, that was a crucial discovery. I fell in love with the films of the Czech New Wave and started dreaming of making films myself. To me, these films were a touch of freedom and became part of my feelings and emotions which later formed me, helped me find my own face, my own identity. If it weren’t for Miloš Forman, I would’ve never become a filmmaker. (Helena Třeštíková)