Czech Republic | 2020 | 3 min. | director and DoP: Zdena Sýkorová | screenplay: Zdena Sýkorová, Eliška Kovaříková | cast: Viera Pavliková, Václav Kopelec, Liduška Beslon
Intermezzo is a poetic story about a confused grandmother who, through sensory and visual associations, is in her thoughts transported back to her childhood. Reality and memories merge, not only in her mind but also in the narrator's point of view. The camera creates a space where characters from different worlds meet. While the old lady reminisces about a time many decades ago, she forgets what is happening around her right now.
Zdena Sýkorová is from Žďár nad Sázavou, where she studied visual and dramatic arts and experiential pedagogy during her studies in secondary school. She briefly studied Multimedia in Economic Practice at the University of Economics in Prague, and then transferred to the Department of Cinematography at FAMU, where she is currently studying for her Master's degree. At the beginning of 2021 she participated in the creation of an online masterclass for Cameraman Days with Martin Štrba. She is currently finishing a folk ballad about death with the working title Za polem (Behind the Field) directed by Hanka Neničková. She has, long-standing collaboration with Elvira Dulskaia, and their recent film together, Snezka, won the Best Cinematography award at the 2020 Russian Indie Film Festival. They are currently working on a coming-of-age drama, Ice Crack, about a girl on a boys' hockey team.