Cineast 2017: Normal Autistic Film

Monday, 9 October, 2017 - 20:00
documentary film
free entry

Normal Autistic Film / Normální autistický film

directed by Miroslav Janek , documentary, 88 min, eng subtitles, 12+ written by Miroslav Janek, Czech Republik 2016

Luka loves movies and writes his own screenplays. Denis is a piano virtuoso, able to play demanding classical pieces. Majda likes to rap – her bold lyrics expose the surrounding world with disarming accuracy. Marjamka is able to tell long stories in English, while her tireless brother Ahmed is very friendly. Five remarkable children that society has unflatteringly labelled “autistic”. Miroslav Janek, the foremost Czech documentary-maker and versatile film-maker, editor of Godfrey Reggio’s famous Quatsi-trilogy, challenges us to stop perceiving autism as a medical diagnosis and try to understand it as a fascinating way of thinking that’s often maddeningly difficult to decipher. Because who’s to determine what’s normal – living in a constant rush while disregarding the absurdity of modern life or wistfully seeking order, peace and tranquillity in the world? An intimate and playful portrait of a group of kids with Asperger's Syndrome, presenting autism not as a medical condition, but rather a mysterious way of thinking worthy of recognition and respect, one that might provoke others to challenge their stereotypical beliefs and perception of what's “normal”.

Jihlava IDFF 2016 (Best Czech Documentary & Students Jury Award)
Czech Film Critic’s Awards 2016 (Best Documentary)

Monday 9.10.2017 - 20.00, Ancien Cinéma

Tuesday 17.10.2017 - 20.30, Neimënster (Salle Krieps)

With the support of the Czech Embassy in Luxembourg

Czech Embassy in Luxembourg, Cineast asbl