This black and white documentary deals with a paradox: For decades the photographer Miroslav Tichý lived the life of a hermit in the Czech region of Moravia. Then, all of a sudden, international art galleries were crazy for his art – and he didn't care.
At 82, Miroslav Tichý is confronted with a remarkable circumstance. Suddenly, he has to face fame as his photos are being sold for up to €12,000 a piece. Some call his hidden-camera photos of women voyeuristic, some see in it an unequaled conceptual and atmospheric quality. But the old artist with the long white hair just calls himself ironically a “world star” and makes fun of the sudden fuss about him. A highly acclaimed and magical approach to a non-conformist and his ocean of thoughts creating most unique works of art.
Original Title: Worldstar
Language versions: Czech with English subtitles
Country: Germany, Czech Republic
Color: Black and white/color
Director: Natasa Von Kopp
Cinematography: Beate Scherer
Editing: Sarah Krumbach
Music: Vladimir Martinka
Production: Libor Tesacek, Leif Alexis (Filmakademie Ludwigsburg)
World Sales: Rise and Shine
Festivals: International Student Film Festival sehsüchte (DE), DokumentART (D), Florenz (IT), Shadow Amsterdam (NL), Slamdance (USA), Visions du Réel Nyon (CH), Dokumentarfilmwoche (DE), Academia Film (CZ), European Cinema Film Festival of Vannes (FR), Prémio de Cinema Lissabon (PT) (selection)
Awards: Audience Award (DokumentART), Gianpaolo Paoli Award (Festival De Popoli), Dioraphte Award (Shadow Filmfestival), Best Documentary (Filmschau Baden-Württemberg), Conseil General (Vannes), Best Film (Prémio de Cinema)
Age Recommendation: 12