Miloš Forman the artist. Miloš Forman the man. A filmmaker decorated with Oscars for Amadeus and One Flew Over the Cuckoo‛s Nest. At the same time, a charismatic adventurer with the courage to question himself. His experience with a totalitarian regime bestowed him with the theme of the conflict of an individual with institutions which he kept successfully developing in his American films. At the same time, he never stopped searching for a place where he would feel free. The Forman vs. Forman documentary by directors Helena Třeštíková and Jakub Hejna outlines the journey of the life of the most famous Czech filmmaker on which blows of fate blended with strokes of fortune, personal searching and fumbling. The film is a collage of rare private and official archives, and autobiographic memories narrated by the filmmaker‛s son Petr Forman.

Curator’s sight:

Looking at Forman v. Forman, one gets the impression that the director disseminated parts of himself throughout his life, in the form of extra-temporal messages, interviews, home videos, and backstage on the sets of his films, in the knowledge that one day, this material would be collected and organised by close and complicit glances to reconstruct the odyssey of an incredible life which chose cinema as a universal language to express its vision.


Jakub Hejna, Helena Trestikova


Negativ Film Productions, Alegria Productions, Czech Television - Česká televize, ARTE France

Film Editing

Jakub Hejna


David Cysař


Jakub Hejna, Helena Trestikova


Gilles Sivilotto

Bonus Content

Helena Trestikova
5 mins

Director Helena Trestikova presents FORMAN VS FORMAN