Director: Jan Foukal
Original title: Amerika
Country: Czech Republic
Year of release: 2015
Runtime: 70 minutes
Colour: Colour and B&W
Language: English, Czech
Subtitles: No Subtitle

Producer: Ondřej Zima, Tereza Polachová
Writer: Jan Foukal
Camera: Jan Baset Střítežský
Editing: Josef Krajbich
Sound: Michal Pajdiak
Music: Johannes Benz and Ten Thousand Wolves
Cast: Barbara Adler, Jan Foukal

A sophisticated portrait of the Czech custom of “tramping” as seen through a personal lens, the film reconstructs and deconstructs the myth of the Czech dream of freedom. The metaphor of “America” serves as a space for personal projection for the main heroes, as well as a symbol of a lost paradise, whose lack of a time and space anchor gives a skewed impression of an indefinite feeling of absence. Lazily moving between a road movie, a pure romance movie, and an observational musical, questions begin to form: Is it a game? Is this serious? The unclear answer perfectly fits with the utopian world of tramping, where words like “fiction” and “reality” really have no place.

“Yeah, like, but you have some idea of what America’s like, we don’t....” “But you have country there!” “Yeah, we have country....but your country is different than our country. It’s more romantic, I’m telling you...”


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