For two years, filmmakers in Prague watched the lives of the animal inhabitants of the metropolis and its wilderness and worked on a feature-length documentary. Planet Prague. Petřín, the banks of the Vltava, Charles Bridge and Stromovka Park, as well as remote peripheries, are captured in the film as homes of many diverse animals. The film from the creators of the successful film Planet Czechia will enter cinemas on July 28, Klára Bobková, the authors of the film, told ČTK today.
Like the previous documentary Planeta Česko with hundreds of thousands of cinema attendances and a number of film awards, including nominations for the Best European Documentary Film for Children and Youth, Planeta Praha is intended for audiences of all ages and entire families. The film crew of director Jan Hošek, producer Radim Procházka and cinematographer Jiří Petr are behind the spectacle of the Prague microcosm.
“Our main expert advisor, biologist Ondřej Sedláček, says with exaggeration that the Prague National Park should be declared. The urban landscape is more diverse than the landscape beyond the city. Prague is the place with the largest number of plant species in the Czech Republic,” said producer Radim Procházka.
Through animal heroes, Planeta Prague will offer a new perspective on places in Prague where one would not expect the wilderness. The green-footed booby bravely nestled in the sludge tank of the Bubeneč wastewater treatment plant, the falcon moving nest on the chimney in Holešovice, the duel of mouflon males can be observed on the premises of Thomayer Hospital in Krč
Few would have guessed that Petrin, the island of greenery in the heart of the capital, is the home of the Great Dormouse, which may have lived here before humans, and the Slatina Reservoir in Dubč serves as a lodging place for hundreds of thousands of Central Bohemian starlings. And thanks to the fact that the Vltava almost never freezes in Prague, some birds stopped migrating on them.
The filmmakers shot gradually in all seasons, and they managed to capture the entire life cycle of the animals. Ten different types of recording devices are used for recording, including a thermal camera or an infrared camera. “The aim of Planeta Praha is to inspire viewers to discover the stories of our close animals, which we usually do not pay attention to. At the same time, we would like to motivate greater responsibility for nature not only in Prague but in all cities while preserving its diversity,” says director Jan Hošek.
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