Helena Třeštíková
(Czech Republic)

Helena Třeštíková was born on June 22, 1949 in Prague. Graduated from FAMU, subject documentary film direction. From 1974, she works in professional production, having made over fifty documentary films of varying footage mostly on the themes of human relationships and various social problems (Romeo, Juliet and Children/Romeo, Julie a děti; The Miracle/Zázrak; Two Anniversaries of Jan Zrzavý/Dvě jubilea Jana Zrzavého; Helpline/Linka důvěry, Touch of Light/Dotek světla, Thousand Years of Sobriety/Tisíc let střízlivosti).
In the course of time, she specialized in the time-lapse method, following people’s life stories on long-term basis. For a period of six years, her first series of time-lapse films followed the everyday lives of several young married couples from the moment of their wedding. The film crew visited them regularly, recording their troubles, dreams, efforts, in several cases also crises, divorce, reconciliation.
As a result, the six part television series Marriage Stories/ Manželské etudy (1987) and two feature-length documentary films Out of Love/ Z lásky (1987) and Looking for Ways/ Hledání cest (1988) were made. In 1991, together with her film and sociologist colleagues, Třeštíková established the “Film and Sociology Foundation” with the aim of providing a new perspective of the society after the great political changes. A free cycle of five time-lapse films about the life stories of young delinquents called Tell Me Something about Yourself/ Řekni mi něco o sobě still being made.
In the years 1994-1996, Třeštíková made several portraits of interesting personalities for the Gen, Genus and VIP documentary series (Tomáš Halík, Olbram Zoubek, Lída Rakušanová, Jiřina Šiklová, Karel Čáslavský, Jiří Ruckl). In 1994, together with her husband, publicist Michael Třeštík, Třeštíková founded the “Man and Time Foundation” specializing in time-lapse projects and films reflecting time, its flow and the changes it brings (Rudolf the II and Prague/Rudolf II. a Praha, The Sweet Century/ Sladké století, People, I Love You/Lidé, mám vás rád!, Carmen Story/Carmen story, Something Like Happiness/Určitý způsob štěstí).
In 2001, she finished the first part of the free cycle of time-lapse films Women at the Turn of the Century/ Ženy na přelomu tisíciletí (portraits of opera singer Dagmar Pecková, singer Bára Basiková, young drug addict Katka and Roma intellectual Jarmila Balážová). Recently, she has devoted her attention to the problem of drug addiction (Women and Drugs, Drugs and Women/ Ženy a drogy, drogy a ženy; Trapped In, Trapped Out/ V pasti a stále v pasti). Since the fall of 2002, she works is a pedagogue at the documentary film department and as head of the realization workshop.
In 2007, she was for a brief time culture minister of the Czech Republic.
For her film René, she was awarded by the European Film Academy (EFA) the Prix Arte 2008 in the category of the documentary.

Films
Filmography
Ester
2021
Karolína
2021
Anny
2020
Forman vs. Forman
2019
A Marriage Story / Strnadovi
2017
Marriage Stories, 35 Years Later / Manželské etudy po 35 letech
2017
Doomed Beauty / Zkáza krásou
2016
Mallory
2015
Vojta Lavička: Ups and Downs / Vojta Lavička: Nahoru a dolů
2013
Život s Kašparem / Life with Jester
2013
Private Universe / Soukromý vesmír
2011
24
2011
Katka
2009
René
2008
Marcela
2006
Marriage Stories, 20 Years Later / Manželské etudy po dvaceti letech
2005
It Was Worth Something / Nebylo to marný
2004
The Events of Pavel Štěcha / Události Pavla Štechy
2004
Beyond Words / Nesdělitelné
2004
Pavel Tigrid - The European / Pavel Tigrid - Evropan
2003
Když musíš, tak musíš?
2003
The Sky over Europe / Nebe nad Evropou
2003
I Served Karel Čapek / Obsluhovala jsem Karla Čapka
2003
My Lucky Star / Má šťastná hvězda
2003
Nebe nad Evropou
2003
Hitler, Stalin and I / Hitler, Stalin a já
2001
Být Romkou
2001
Být Romem
2001
V pasti - Katka
2001
Ženy na přelomu tisíciletí
2000
Carmen Story
1999
Something Like Happiness / Určitý způsob štěstí
1999
The Call / Výzva
1999
Ten Years in the Life of a Young Man / Deset let v životě mladého muže
1999
Lidé, mám vás rád!
1998
Expelled from Literature / Vyloučeni z literatury
1997
Sladké století
1997
Sladké hořkosti Lídy Baarové
1995
GENUS
1995
GEN – Galerie elity národa
1993
Tell Me Something About Yourself - Láďa / Řekni mi něco o sobě - Láďa
1993
Kašpar
1993
Tell Me Something About Yourself - René / Řekni mi něco o sobě - René
1992
Hledání cest
1988
Z lásky
1988
Marriage Stories / Manželské etudy
1987
Japonská neděle
1981
Dotek světla
1979
Dvě jubilea Jana Zrzavého
1976
Zázrak
1975

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