Petr Vachler – producer, director, screenwriter, production designer

 

“Let’s imagine that you lose your car and you think that someone has stolen it. A feeling of sadness, misfortune, you maybe even shed a few tears? But then you ultimately find it in a confusing parking lot or on a side street. Now you feel relief and happiness, at least until your car finally gets all rusty and falls apart. And then I ask what joy one must feel when he finds himself? That’s why today I say that it is more important to find myself than to find a forgotten car in an expansive parking lot or on a side street, even though both are very important. The film The Meaning and Mystery of Life is also about this.“

Filming dozens of hours of material with personalities from all corners of the earth was fantastic work. Seeking the answers to questions delving into the meaning of life and of fear, love and death with so many crusaders and respondents was an immense joy and making such a film is a gift of a lifetime”, says Petr Vachler.… MORE HERE

Petr Vachler
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Bumblebee

 

„So you wanted to see me, and you have always asked how come I can fly with this fat…“

When we yearn for someone to share with us the deepest truth, we want it to be our parents, our beloved, friends, mythical beings, talking animals or just a voice. Many of us may imagine a different form of godhood. And then there are some who manifest, for example, a bumblebee.

Jan Budař – Max

 

„Look, imagine that matter is mostly composed of empty space, meaning that we could theoretically pass through a wall…“

There are people who search for the truth their whole life and may not be prepared for it yet. They might not be at the right place at the right time and in the right state. They find out that not everything in the world is so dogmatic, so immutable and academically definitive. Life offers Max unexpected relationships, loves and mystical twists.

Jan Budař
Barbora Seidlová

Barbora Seidlová – Eva

 

„I am for example also afraid to meet someone…“

Do we burn bridges? Do we no longer want to see a whole number of people, friends? Are we afraid of meeting people? Do we hate the ones we have spent our whole lives with? Are we capable of breaking up families, destroying friendships , for insignificant reasons? How strong do we have to be to forgive one another and ourselves? Are we able to?

Josef Polášek – Robert

 

„As a doctor I shouldn´t recommend this…“

Being educated does not equal being wise. The roles that we play offer us opportunities that we may or may not use. Merely collecting information might not be enough to understand the meaning of life.

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Andrea Kerestešová

Andrea Kerestešová – Viky

 

„I am sorry. I truly loved him and I had no idea what it would cause…“

How many people have we loved in our life and how many more are we going to? Are we alone even when we are surrounded by our closest ones? Does everything has to be how we want it and is our truth the most important one? How do we come to terms with the fact that our closest people lie to us and we lie to them in turn?

Vladimír Javorský – Homeless man

 

„I might be sleeping under a bridge but otherwise I´m healthy….“

Everything in life is merely lent to us for a limited time. It is up to us what we do with it. Even our body is on loan, and he who doesn´t realize it will suffer his whole life. There are people, however, who can play their role with perfection. Even those at the very bottom.

Vladimír Javorský
Petr Buchta

Petr Buchta – Jirka

 

„Hey, you haven´t ever really heard me! You allowed it for me to be this way, but it wasn´t the solution…“

It is the desire of all of us to learn a lot while we´re here, and inactivity leads to boredom, and later depression. If our life is empty, we end up experiencing even feelings of despair and distaste for life. Nevertheless, everything is right so that we can discover what we wanted to discover. Every step moves us forward, even towards seemingly a failure.

Theodor Vachler – Petr

 

„Dad, tell us that you won´t leave us?“

For the majority of their lives, children see us as beings who know everything. They trust us boundlessly, we are their models, their support. When we realize that children have the same opportunities as us, it completely changes our outlook on life and children themselves, and we become one.

Theodor Vachler
Aneta Krejčíková

Aneta Krejčíková – Helena

 

„So that´s your entire upbringing?“

Sometimes we truly only think of ourselves, no matter what. And the blame? The blame permanently lies with others. We do not realize at all that what we dislike about others is our own problems, our own shortcomings. In reality, we are only angry with ourselves and cheat only ourselves.

Valerie Vachlerová –  Vanda, music composer

 

„It was this large space…“

Before children come to this world, they know and remember much, and remain in touch with their godhood even after they´re born. If they can keep it is a question of upbringing, environment and the courage of others to accept this gift of connection. Soon afterwards, children find out that here it´s only…

Valerie Vachlerová
Viliam_Vachler

Viliam Vachler –  Hugo

 

„Dad, what is the highest education on the planet?“

Children´s souls are pure; they trust us and gather the experience of their ancestors, mirror themselves in us. And sometimes, when we explain to them how everything on this planet works, they surprise us with their response, because they sometimes know and remember much more than us.

Robert Jašków – Karel (gamekeeper)

 

„I mean, strike me down if I’m lying…“

We want to get to know each other in every way, even sexually, but every intimate relationship has its consequences. It is up to us what we choices we make, how many flames at once can we try to keep burning without letting them die. And if we do take this test, do our best not to hurt others.

Robert Jaskow
Hanus Bor

Hanuš Bor – miller

 

„How much…?“

Sometimes we look at everything in terms of money, even relationships. But God and life must come first. Money will then follow. But if it is me who is controlled by the money and not I who controls it, then greed will become my hell. Not everything in life has to have a price tag.

CREDITS

Producer Petr Vachler
Director Petr Vachler
Screenplay Petr Vachler
 
DOP Karel Fairaisl
Editor Petr Svoboda
Music Valerie Vachlerová
Sound Petr Kuba
Make-up & Hair Designer Dana Kohoutová
Costume Designer Zuzana Kárová, Simona Krompholc
Production Designer Petr Vachler
VFX supervisor Tomáš Gaisler
3D Animation supervisor Martin Šafus
  Dan Stanchev
  Marek Náprstek
Executive producer Aleš Týbl
Co-producer Karel Janeček
Co-producer Ctirad Hemelík
Max  Jan Budař
Robert Josef Polášek
Eva  Bára Seidlová
Viki Andrea Kerestošová
Helena Aneta Krejčíková
Karel (hunter) Robert Jašków
Jiří  Petr Buchta
Homeless Vladimír Jarovský
Vanda  Valerie Valechlerová
Hugo Viliam Vachler
Petr Theodor Vachler
Miller Hanuš Bor
Parson Petr Stach
Dealer Pavel Šmerda
Undertaker Jiří Andrle
Undertaker ‘s mistress Bára Mošnová
Mirek (hunter) Lukáš Pavlásek
Altar boy 1 Víťa Nádvorník
Altar boy 2 Antonín Nádvorník
Bumblebee voice actor – Czech Dalimil Klapka
Bumblebee voice actor – English Peter Hosting
Bumblebee created by Robin Beneš
  Petr Vachler
 
Interviewees Shaykha Amat-un-Nur
Brandon Bays
Vincent Bridges
Dannion Brinkley
Rinaldo Brutoco
Lorna_Byrne
Carl Johan Calleman
Ricardo Cervantes Cervantes
Adjan Chaiwood
Peter Chappell
Deepak Chopra
Andreas Clauss
Kiesha Crowther
James A. Cusumano
Ruediger Dahlke
Erich Anton Paul von Däniken
Emahó
Masaru Emoto
Sandra Epstein
Jorge N. Ferrer, Ph.D
Amit Goswami
Charles Grob
Stanislav Grof
Lino be Guinsada
John Hawken
Octavio Rettig Hinojosa
James Humble
Desiree Hurtak
James Joachim Hurtak
David Vaughan Icke
Ana Auntie Kapihe
Mabel Katz
Konstantin Korotkov
Lui Krieg
Ervin László
Sergei Lazarev
Ihaleakala Hew Len
Eduardo Luna
Paramhans Swami Maheswarananda
Roy Martina
Lynne McTaggart
Dan Millman
Tim Mitchell
Henri Monfort
Anisia Semizool Mongush
Raymond Moody
Tim Wallace Murphy
Cacique Ninawa
Silvano Paolucci
Eric Pearl
Srikumar Rao
Jan Rak
Don Miguel Ruiz
Lance Secretan
David Steindl-Rast
Swami Vishwananda
Jenny Wade
2nd DOP Petr Hojda
2nd DOP Miloš Kohout
Asistent Production Manager Miloš Kohout
Script consultant Jan Stehlík
Production Manager Michaela Šveňková
AD Žaneta Tomášková
Production Assistant Bohuslava Šašmová
AD Jiří Andrle
DOP asist. Jaroslav Kostelník
Focus Puller Ondřej Kos
On-set Photographer Tomáš Kostěnec
DOP – Interviews Tomáš Kostěnec,
Ondřej Urbanec
Radim Paluš
Continuity Zuzana Víznerová
  Titti Fügediová
Video operater David Vacek
Prop Master Pavel Chalupa
Assistant Prop Master Martin Haleš
Stand-by Propman 1 Michal Haleš
Stand-by Propman 2 Patrik Semft
Stand-by Propman Roman
Young Bumblebee voice actor Viliam Vachler
Key Grip Robert Koděra
Grip Michal Ráliš
Gaffer Jiří Navrátil
Best boy Tibor Demčák
Eletrician Igor Murčo
Pavel Filip
Genny Operator / Eletrician Pavel Hoffman
DIT Lukáš Pospíšil
Sound Recordist Marek Musil
Boom Operator Adam Bezděk
Key Costumer Andrea Figerová
Costume Assistant Martina Boušová
Make-up & Hair Artist Radka Vávrová
Location Manager Lukáš Bech
Construction Manager Roman Bandas
Production Runner Martin Kopecký
Stunt Coordinator Jiří Kuba
Data management Martin Dobrovolný
Set Decorator  Roman Bandas
Construction  Marek Funda
Michal Ptáček
Security, BaseCamp Martin Rambousek
Driver Milan Hampl
Josef Šveněk
David Suchánek
Dan Sadílek
Driver for actors Kateřina Velková
Hlavní postprodukce – Studio Pokrok
Production Manager Lubo Procházka
  Lukáš Borovička
Post-production Manager Simona Jánská
  Stanislava Turková
Assistant Editor Martin Dobrovolný
  Jakub Helis
 
Color grading Tomáš Gaisler
Visual Effects Artists 3D Jan Moštěk
Tomáš Studnička
Jaroslav Zajíček
Jonathan Alonso
Michal Honc
Tomáš Novotný
Gabriela Procházková
Jan Smrž
Andrej Otepka
Travis Work
Jakub Strauss
Jan Krejčíř
Character modeling Jan Blín
Senior matte painter Michal Čavoj
Antonín Kolman
Senior compositor 2D Miroslav Čičmanec
Martin Čičmanec
Ondřej Lev
Ondřej Nečas
2D compositor Peter Palárik
Data manager Michal Moc
Matěj Kořenský
3D  Dalibor Cee
Senior 3D animator Ladislav Rejkuba
Dan Stanchev
3D animator Richard Jirsák
  Jakub Šporek
3D animation supervisor Marek Náprstek
Animation supervisor Martin Šafus
IT Support Milan Machač
Production accountant Marcela Kadlecová
 
Website design Jaroslav Zajíček
  Matěj Kořenský
Social media and marketing Šimon Bárta
Sandra Žigič
Sound assistent Michal Kloss
English version Myles Claffey
 
Spolupráce: postprodukce Mirage
Producer Petr Král
Executive Producer Barbora Svozilová
Data handling Martin Kosina
3D visual artists Zbyňek Kysela
Veronika Mašková
Petr Král ml.
Compositor Vincent Badia
Robin Mikuláš
Spolupráce: postprodukce MagicLAB
Extras casting DeeDee Agency
 
Special thanks: Pavel Eiselt
  Martin Hájek
  Alena Ebrecht
  Zdeněk Říčař

Copyrighted Song Credit

“True Face”

Written by Valerie Vachlerová;

Performed by VALI; Courtesy of VALI ©

“Paradise”

Written by Valerie Vachlerová;

Performed by VALI; Courtesy of VALI ©

“Jesus Sandals”

Written by Theodor Vachler;

Performed by THE-O; Courtesy of THE-O ©

“Rodeo”

Written by Theodor Vachler;

Performed by THE-O; Courtesy of THE-O ©

“Mauglí”

Written by Theodor Vachler;

Performed by THE-O; Courtesy of THE-O ©

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