DocumentaMadrid 2017


(A Marriage Story)

Helena Třeštíková,
102' / 2017 / Czech Republic

In 35 years of one couple's shared life, a lot of things happen: from the moments of an absolute harmony to the dramatic falls. For the most of the time, the couple cares for common daily life issues and joys that come together with raising the children, running the household or running a business. And this is exactly the life of furniture shop owners Ivana and Vaclav Strnadovi, 2 characters that the director Helena Trestíková follows with her camera as of the year 1980 within a project Marriage Stories. Her new feature documentary about Strnad family is linked to TV films from this cycle, but most importantly it shows further shocking twists, that life brought to the couple and their children.

Main Festivals & Awards

BACIFI, Buenos Aires Festival (2017)

Director's Biography

One of the most important Czech documentary filmmakers, Helena Třeštíková has directed some forty films since graduating from Prague’s FAMU film school. Her latest trilogy of portraits Marcela, René y Katka, shot in the late 2000s, brought her international attention. Masterpieces of editing, the three films confirm the filmmaker’s deftness at transforming the humdrum existence of the downtrodden into unique, fascinating narratives.

More information

Director:Helena Třeštíková,
Language: Czech
English and spanish subtitled
Screenplay: Helena Třeštíková,
Photography: David Cysař, Vlatimil Hamerník, Jan Malíř, Miroslav Souček, Ervín Sanders, Jiří Chod, Robert Novák, Antonín Kutík ,
Edition: Jakub Hejna
Sound: Richard Müller,
Producers: Kateřina Černá, Pavel Strnad, ,
International Sales:
Negativ. Daniel Vadocky


Sunday 7th 16:00

Monday 8th 22:15


(Cineteca screenings only)
From 3pm on 27 April

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