Kveto Hecko Headshot KVETO HECKO


(1992) 24min

Experimental film that is a fusion of the political, cultural, and theatrical turmoil that happened after the Fall of Berlin Wall in 1989 in Europe

Experimental movie that uses the subject of multiple theatrical performances that had been performed in three different locations in Europe during the June 1991 to demonstrate the power and aesthetics of film editing. Despite the fact that the single performance took about 2-3 hours and it had been performed and repeated several times in three different countries, three different cities, and three different places, the film version is about a half hour extraction of the best moments, still succinctly conveying the core message of that play put together, acted, and performed by about dozen of different theatrical groups from all over the Europe. The structure of the film follows the story of the play, combining the shots from different locations where the performances happened - in an abandoned factory in Denmark, in a church under reconstruction and connected medieval walls in Germany, and at the construction site of a future theater in Czechoslovakia.

This movie is created, acted, and performed by Europeans in many languages: German, English, Estonian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Swedish, Danish; deals with the old and current European history, contains both political and cultural views of the European nations in a broadest sense, and unites both the actors and local audiences in an event that speaks openly about the joys and sorrows, happiness and fear, help and aggression that the European soil bears for millennia.

If you are interested in knowing more about the European political situation in 90s that influenced the upheaval in the European theater and art, watch the movie And the Last Will Be the First about the former president of Czechoslovakia Vaclav Havel.

Director, Writer
Kveto Hecko
Nina Heckova, Kveto Hecko
Dayton University, Ohio; Documentary Film Conference Auckland, New Zealand
Film Festivals
Namur, Belgium, 1992