Monday 19 April 2021
Online screening via provided link: https://dafilms.com/film/9796-mallory
The film will be available for free after registration from 00:00 till 23:59 CET on Monday 19th of April 2021.
Dir. Helena Třeštíková, 2015, Czech Republic, 102’, English subtitles
More info: https://london.czechcentres.cz/en/program/docu-mondays-mallory
Mallory made a promise to herself to quit drugs and live a better life for the sake of her new-born son. But a drug-free existence proves harder than she thought. For 13 years Czech filmmaker Helena Třeštíková followed this large, strong, caring woman as she battled through toxic relationships, endless knock-backs from the Kafkaesque bureaucracy of social services and having her son committed to a psychiatric facility. Despite living in her car and being rejected from all angles, Mallory keeps pushing to get off the street and help others around her. A mesmerizing portrait of a woman’s life on the fringes of society and a true testament to human resilience.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Impressive film career of the first lady of time-lapse documentaries, Czech filmmaker Helena Třeštíková, spans over 40 years and features more than 50 documentaries including the 2008 European Film Academy the Prix Arte winner, René.
Following people’s stories over the course of several years, even decades, Trestikova builds up with openness and intimacy full character studies of her protagonists whether these are married couples (A Marriage Story), young delinquents (René) or women (Mallory). Finding the universal in her subjects and their life dramas, an unsensational excitement in their everyday adventures, Trestikova bears witness to the human condition as lives evolve before our eyes recalling of Richard Linklater´s film Boyhood.
Interview with director Helena Třeštíková will be available on the Czech Centre website and YouTube.
Part of DOCU-MONDAYS: Powerful Voices series celebrating a bold female perspective on controversial and compelling issues within contemporary society by leading Czech women directors.