Kapr Code

The film by director and screenwriter Lucie Králové KaprKod discovers the forgotten Czech composer Jan Kapr. It tells the powerful and contradictory story of the progressive artist, experimenter and later banned prominent communist who was almost erased from official memory.

Czechia, Slovakia 2022
  • English
91 min.
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia.

A Documentary Opera featuring the contradictory life of progressive composer and prominent communist Jan Kapr (1914–88), Stalin award laureate, later banned in socialist Czechoslovakia. While Kapr’s life escalates towards pivotal moments, we follow opera songs reflecting these crucial life junctures, those establishing an artist’s fate. The film explores the nature of memory, and narration, using Kapr’s personal, never before seen amateur films manifesting his humor, inner struggles and desire to leave traces for eternity. 17 opera singers from internationally renowned Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno sing scenes from Kapr’s life, including fragments of police reports, Kapr’s political accounts or love correspondence. Their choirmaster, Petr Fiala, is Kapr’s last living student.

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Director: Lucie Králová
Screenplay: Lucie Králová, Jiří Adámek/Austerlitz
Cinematography: Tomáš Stanek, Adam Ol’ha, Petr Příkaský, Jakub Halousek, Martin Řezníček
Music: Jan Kapr, Petra Šuško
Sound: Richard Müller
Editing: Adam Brothánek
Producer: Andrea Shaffer, Martin Řezníček
Co-production: Zuzana Piussi, Vít Janeček, Věra Krincvajová
Cast: Tomas Badura, Karel Jakubu, Jana Meliskova, Ales Prochazka, Marie Vrbova

Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

2022 – Lucie Králová (Czech Joy: Best Czech Documentary Film)

Czech Film Critics Awards

2022 – Lucie Králová (Best Documentary)

Krakow Film Festival

2022 – Lucie Králová (Best Music Documentary)

  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia.