Twenty years in the life of the die-hard criminal and imaginative writer René Plášil in Helena Třeštíková's E­uropean Film Award-winning documentary.

Czechia 2008
83 min.

“Why has my shitty life turned out like this? No-one knows. Not even God. God’s on holiday and he’s reading porn” – an excerpt from Diary of the Forgotten, the journal kept by die-hard criminal and imaginative writer René Plášil, the main protagonist in another of Helena Třeštíková’s long-term documentaries. With raw authenticity, the director records the luckless fate of René over a period of twenty years as he yo-yos between prison and freedom. The life of René, who successfully stylises himself in the role of a desperado, unfolds against a backdrop of important political events occurring in the CR and beyond its borders. The Velvet Revolution, the presidential election, 9/11 and the Czech Republic’s ac­cession to the EU. All this is “digested” by René mostly from the confines of various prisons. The film also traces the director’s in­triguing relationship with her “subject of study”, who sometimes feels like a prostitute selling his life story for filthy lucre, but for whom the visits from the film crew or his countless letters to Helena Třeštíková are often his only solace.

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Director: Helena Třeštíková
Screenplay: Helena Třeštíková
Cinematography: Miroslav Souček, Vlastimil Hamerník, Ondřej Belica
Music: Tadeáš Věrčák
Editing: Jakub Hejna
Producer: Pavel Strnad, Kateřina Černá
Cast: René Plášil, Helena Třeštíková