A stylised self-portrait inspired by Kafka's Brief an den Vater. A fictional dialogue between Němec and his long deceased mother forms the soundtrack to images of Prague, following the route of tram 11: from the statue of Wenceslas in the centre to the Strašnice crematorium, where the son goes looking for the grave of his mother. He wasn't there when she died. Just like Kafka's hero from The
Trial, Němec was charged without apparent reason and had to flee abroad, an event he still greatly regrets and for which he asks absolution, sitting on his mother's grave.
This autobiography filmed on MiniDV (in the words of Němec: "Digital, but with heart and soul") is a rumination on the human experience, but also a journey past milestones in the history of 20th century Prague, such as the Second World War, the Soviet invasion and the presidency of Václav Havel. 

Original title
Noční hovory s matkou
Filmmaker
Jan Němec
Country
Czech Republic
Year
2001
Medium
35mm
Length
69’
Language
Czech
Producer
Iva Ruszeláková
Production Company
Jan Němec - Film
Sales
Jan Němec - Film
Writer
Jan Němec
Cinematography
Jan Němec, Petr Marek
Editor
Iva Ruszeláková
Sound Design
Ivo Špalj
Music
Jan Němec
Cast
Jan Němec, Karel Roden, Zuzana Stivínová, Ester Krumbachová, Václav Havel