Czech tourist “Lada” found a suitcase containing 22 rolls of undeveloped photographic film in a dumpster at Swedish airport. He developed the negatives and produced 756 fascinating snapshots of six unknown Chinese tourists. The film crew started to search for those people based on the lost photos in the world where every fourth person is Chinese. At the end of the journey and tracking of the unknown Asian’s footsteps, the story becomes a part of Chinese TV industry machinery viewed by more than 300 million Chinese spectators. This documentary detective story is about travel, photos, and identity in an interconnected world, about the memory and importance of archiving images, and also about Czechs, Europeans, and Chinese.
FORMAT: 35 mm
STORY, SCREENPLAY, DIRECTOR: Lucie Králová
DOP: Tomáš Stanek (SK), Braňo Pažitka (SK)
CO-PRODUCERS: Martin Řezníček – DOCUfilm PRAHA, Česká televize, FAMU
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Zuzana Chadimova (Richterova)
CINEMA RELEASE: October 2007
WORLD SALES: DOCUfilm Praha-Martin Řezníček
AWARDS (selection): Crystal Globe for the best documentary IFF Karlovy Vary 2007, IFF Banjaluka 2008, IFF Bosnia 2008, Ischia IFF Italy 2008.
Logos: Ministry of Culture in The Czech Republic, state fund supporting Czech film industry.