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EXCLUSIVE: Clip from Ji.hlava opening film A New Shift


- The first feature-length documentary by Czech filmmaker Jindřich Andrš follows a miner who is retraining to become a computer programmer after his coal mine is forced to close

EXCLUSIVE: Clip from Ji.hlava opening film A New Shift
A New Shift by Jindřich Andrš

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, the first feature-length documentary by Czech director Jindřich Andrš, will celebrate its world premiere as the opening film of the 24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival on 27 October, while simultaneously heading to DOK Leipzig, where it will be screened as part of the festival’s brand-new Audience Award Competition programme, the Golden Section. It is also nominated for the Silver Eye Award.

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In A New Shift, we follow forty-something miner Tomas as he emerges from the underground and into a challenging new world of work as he retrains to become a computer programmer. Tomas has been working underground as a coal miner for 25 years. When the mine has to close owing to the general decline of the industry, he is offered a new career as a computer programmer. He enrols in a state-funded re-education programme, preparing him for one of the most in-demand jobs. Tomas takes up the challenge and gets ready to transform his life radically. But will a forty-something, long-haired, subterranean punk rocker who has spent his whole life performing hard physical labour ever fit in with the young and trendy digital crowd?

Produced by Miloš Lochman and Augustína Micková, A New Shift was lensed by Tomáš Frkal and edited by Lukáš Janičík. The soundtrack was composed by Eliška Cílková, and the sound was designed by Šimon Herrmann.

Screenings at Ji.hlava IDFF will be exclusively online. At DOK Leipzig, the film will be shown in cinemas across the city and will also be available online, through DOK Leipzig on Demand.

A New Shift is a co-production by moloko film, Czech Television, FAMU and Studio Bystrouška. It was supported by the Czech Film Fund and the Moravian-Silesian Region.

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