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:: PHOTOGALLERY - THE NINETIES

The Nineties were probably the best years of my life up until that point. I was able to fulfil many of my dreams.
I founded my own production company FEBIO (FEničův BIOgraf - Fenic Cinema) literally on a shoe-string - and, even though very few thought that a studio producing original writer-director documentary works would prosper, not only did we overcome all our initial problems, but the company has developed into the largest studio of its kind in the country. This was also the decade of the FEBIOFEST film and television festival which, after years of struggle to survive, now enjoys a stable position on the cultural map of the Czech and Slovak Republics.
The world opened up for me, I've travelled through five continents and I've met so many fascinating people and places. While I didn't make any film comparable with anything in my previous period, these were my most productive and happiest years.



  • 1990

The premiere of my second feature film Strange Beings, made four months before the Revolution, was held four months after it…

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Prague's Lucerna cinema - me giving a bow at the premiere in front of the first people to see the film, participants of the student demonstrations. Before that, we had singing from people who appeared in the film: Plastic People of the Universe in the cinema's arcade, then Jarek Nohavica on stage...

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  • 1991

Relaxing with the family - with my nephew Fred and his girlfriend Eva.

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  • 1992

Today's President Václav Klaus, with his wife and younger son, at the Febio Christmas party (advance premiere of the TV series GEN).

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  • 1993

The satirical programme Czech Soda inspired one Prague company to manufacture soda water of the same name.

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  • 1994

At a launch for the book GEN at the pub "U kalicha", with inventor of the contact lens O. Wichterle.

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With legendary Czech actress Ljuba Hermanová after the advance premiere of her portrait in the series Genus.

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With documentary filmmakers Olga Sommerová and Jan Špáta, who gave a lot of creative support during Febio's early years.

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  • 1995

The legendary Slavia coffee-house in Prague, closed for a long time, was up and running for one evening for the fifth Febio Christmas party. The party opened with the national anthem sung by Metropolitan opera star Eva Urbanová.

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President Václav Havel is clearly delighted that he can visit his favourite coffee-house again.

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  • 1996

Attending the advance premiere of the programme V.I.P. - Influential People was the then Parliamentary Chairman, Milan Uhde.

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  • 1997

I launched the Febio Internet pages on 10. 10. 1997 using this trumpet.

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  • 1998

The eighth Febio "Mish-Mash" Christmas party in the Mecca club.

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  • 1999

At the traditional Christmas party a year later, this time in the "U Melouna" club: Věra Chytilová, Czech film director, with her "bodyguards" (young Czech film directors) - on her left Petr Zelenka, on my right Roman Vávra (take a closer look by clicking on the photo)

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  • 1999 / 2000

This is how I welcomed in the New Year 2000!

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