The Last Shift of Tomáš Hisem

Czech Republic, 2017, 29 min.

Director

Jindřich Andrš

Producer

Augustina Micková

Rights Holder

FAMU

DOP

Tomáš Frkal

Production

FAMU

"I hope that all is okay and that you’ll get something out of this," proclaims miner Tomáš Hisem at the start of his shift at Ostrava’s Paskov Mine, which he decided to document. Although we don’t see his face (the camera that he has smuggled into the mine is attached to his helmet), we hear his distinct local dialect as he inspects the dark and dusty tunnels and claustrophobic underground spaces that we walk and crawl through on all fours. With a sense of immediacy and in his own distinctive manner, he captures a particular place at a particular time – one day before the Paskov Mine is closed and 1,300 of his colleagues lose their jobs.

HONORS
2017 Jihlava IDFF – Czech Joy Competition, Special Mention
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
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Jindřich Andrš

Born in 1994, a third-year student in the Department of Documentary Film at FAMU. Prior to that he attended lectures on film science at the Charles University (Faculty of Arts). His short films are linked by a single theme – the loss of authenticity in the lives of people due to technologies development. In his documentary MIKE AND HIS ULTRAS (2016) he sketches a portrait of today’s young generation and their relationship with their idols – YouTubers.

Selected filmography

2017 The Last Shift of Thomas Hisem

2016 Mike and his ultras