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Steam on the River
Year: 2015
83 min

Like the steam that silently appears and then disappears over a flowing river, the life of every human is just as fleeting, and this particularly applies in the case of artists. The transience of their fame is the main topic of this documentary, which provides a glimpse into the lives of three ageing jazzmen: trumpeter Laco Déczi, saxophonist Ľubomír Tamaškovič, and contrabass player Ján Jankeje, who fled from the Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia to the West, where their stars shone alongside those of the world’s famous musicians. The reflective melancholy mood of the film, capturing the mist of fame just before it dissipates, is reflected in the overall relaxed, contemplative rhythm of the narrative.

Written and Directed by: Robert Kirchhoff, Filip Remunda

DOP: Martin Matiášek, Jakub Halousek, Tomáš Staněk

Sound: Václav Flegl, Michal Gábor

Editor: Jana Vlčková

Creative Producer: Czech TV - Kamila Zlatušková Group

Documentary Consultant: Jan Gogola Jr.

Art Director: Plaftik, Štěpán Tesař

Cast: Laco Déczi, Ľubomír Tamaškovič, Ján Jankeje



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