The Wolf from Royal Vineyard Street

Jan Němec

IFFR 2017

Jan Němec

  • 68'
  • Czech Republic
  • 2016
“Take the good and leave out the bad”, Němec, off camera, instructs his lead actor who is eating a fish tail. Such is the method in this masterful coda to his life, a summary of the juicy parts he reconstructs and reimagines for his alter ego, a semi-fictional character John Jan. He brings him, guerrilla-style, to Cannes, which turned from a place of heightened anticipation to a scene of professional heartbreak he never got over. Staging Godard’s murder is just a small payback for it.
Eric Clapton’s music and footage from the director’s previous films blend in seamlessly with John Jan’s escapades, while his other alter ego, the film’s narrator, comments with a flare of mischief and irony. The moving footage of the tragedy of the Soviet invasion of Prague reprised in total silence and defence of Kafka as an author of social justice, are only a small taste of the riches that make this film so delectable. 
Director
Jan Němec
Premiere
International premiere
Countries of production
Czech Republic, Slovakia, France
Production Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
68'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Vlk z Královských Vinohrad
Language
Czech
Producer
Tomáš Michálek
Production Company
MasterFilm s.r.o.
Sales
MasterFilm s.r.o.
Screenplay
Jan Němec
Cinematography
Jiří Maxa
Editor
Josef Krajbich
Production Design
Aneta Grňáková
Sound Design
Dominik Dolejší
Cast
Jiří Mádl, Karel Roden, Martin Pechlát, Tomáš Klein, Gabriela Míčová, Jiří Menzel, Jiří Bartoška