As apparently spontaneous as the documented clashes between police and protesters at the September 2000 IMF/World Bank meeting in Prague, “Dust Games” mixes idealism and mischievousness in equal measure. There’s not much of a theatrical market for this kind of pic, but bold tube buyers will want to take a look and there’s ancillary value, too.
For the two weeks leading up to and including the IMF meeting, helmer Martin Marecek, his crew and classmates at the Prague performing arts acad interviewed the factions converging on the Czech capital. From protesters arriving by bicycle and bus to civic leaders in open forum with students to condescending businessmen (one of whom attacks the supposed artiness of the Czech film biz) to journalists, meeting hall guides and the outdoor merchants who hope to sell sleeping bags to the protesters, seemingly everyone had an agenda. Tech credits are as good as can be expected for pic’s grungy format and frenetic style, in which the crew often participates in the interviews it records. Screening caught boasted a thunderous sound mix that often drowned out the simultaneous translation of the unsubtitled print.