Documaker Vit Klusak ("Czech Dreams") provokes and grandstands in Michael Moore style in "All for the Good of the World and Nosovice," a look at the changes in a small Czech farming community in northern Moravia after a South Korean Hyundai plant is build in the midst of fertile fields. Fest exposure should segue into Euro broadcast for this flippant but slight work.

Documaker Vit Klusak (“Czech Dreams”) provokes and grandstands in Michael Moore style in “All for the Good of the World and Nosovice,” a look at the changes in a small Czech farming community in northern Moravia after a South Korean Hyundai plant is build in the midst of fertile fields. Fest exposure should segue into Euro broadcast for this flippant but slight work.

Nosovice was best known for its sauerkraut production until Hyundai came to town, igniting a feud among landowners who faced intense pressure to make way for the factory and its roster of new mechanized jobs. Klusak visually contrasts the informal work environment of the lusty, laughing cabbage harvesters with the sterile, high-tech production lines at the factory. He also interviews eccentrics (a spare-parts sculptor) and malcontents (a bored Hyundai employee chafing under letters of reprimand). Meanwhile, the majority opinion of the locals seems to be, “You can’t stop progress.” A last-minute (and not well-explained) appearance by a pair of environmental-rights workers accusing Hyundai of violating a “declaration of understanding” feels like an afterthought. Unfussy tech package has a handcrafted feel.

All for the Good of the World and Nosovice

Czech Republic

Production

An ACFK release of a Hypermarket Film, Avion Film, Czech TV production. (International sales: Taskovski Films, London.) Produced by Vit Klusak, Filip Remunda, Martin Hrebacka, Petr Moravek. Executive producer, Tereza Horska. Directed, written by Vit Klusak.

Crew

Camera (color, DV), Jakub Halousek; editor, Janka Vickova; music, DVA. Reviewed at Finale Plzen Film Festival (competing), April 22, 2011. (Also in Hot Docs, 2010 Intl. Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.) Running time: 83 MIN.

With

Stanislav Vojkovsky, Petr Vanek, Ondrej Franek, Josef Havlas, Tamara Spetlova, Roman Kralik.
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