„You bet on someone in the beginning of the process and then you wait and see what life does with them.” This is how Czech director Helena Třeštíková explains her long-term documentaries. Katka is an extraordinarily raw and uncensored character portrait of a troubled young woman living on the edge of human existence, desperately searching for love and salvation. Will she find it in rehab? Will she find it in the arms of the man she loves? Or in the first cry of her long-desired baby? Tagging along with her through the back streets and squalors of Prague, Třeštíková gets deep under the skin of a person most of us would cross the road to avoid, and shows us Katka’s profoundly human face. You might be angry with Katka, or your heart may go out to her. One thing is certain – you will never forget her. (Doc Alliance)

Director's Biography
Helena Třeštíková, born 1949 in Prague, Czech Republic. She studied documentary filmmaking at the Prague Film Academy and, since graduating in 1974, has been working as a professional filmmaker, shooting more than thirty documentaries of various lengths. Her films have been the subject of retrospectives at several major festivals. // Films (selected): DOTEK SVĚTLA (Touch of Light, 1980, doc), MARCELA (2007, doc), RENÉ (2008, doc; CE '09), SOUKROMÝ VESMÍR (Private Universe, 2012, doc; CE '13), VOJTA LAVIČKA: NAHORU A DOLŮ (Vojta Lavička: Ups and Downs, 2013, doc), MALLORY (2015), LÍDA BAAROVÁ - ZKÁZA KRÁSOU / LÍDA BAAROVÁ – DOOMED BEAUTY (2016)
Tribute 2016
Helena Třeštíková
Czech Republic 2010
color & black and white
90 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Helena Třeštíková
Cinematography Vlastimil Hamerník, Kristián Hynek, Martin Kubala, Ferdinand Mazurek, Braňo Pažitka, Miroslav Souček, Tomáš Třeštík
Editing Jakub Hejna
Sound/Sounddesign Václav Hejduk, Stanislav Hruška, Jaroslav Jedlička
Music Tadeáš Věrčák
With Jana Kettnerová, Petr Kettner, Jan Kettner, Anna Kettnerová-Jirásková, Eva Kettnerová, Samuel Jirásek, Edurna Lertxundi, Martin Lertxundi
Producer(s) Kateřina Černá, Pavel Strnad (Negativ Film, CZ), Česká televize (CZ), RWE (CZ)
Negativ Film Ostrovní 30 110 00 Prague, Czech Republic office@negativ.cz www.negativ.cz
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
RIDM – Montreal International Documentary
Festival 2010
Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere