37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

Forman vs. Forman


Through a collection of archival footage, early interviews, and material from private archives, this nostalgic documentary reflects on the career of two-time Oscar-winning director Milos Forman. The film explores Forman in the height of his career as he struggled against two major demons of Hollywood at the time—Nazism and Communism—and how this struggle shaped his resistance through cinema. Directors Jakub Hejna and Helena Trestíková also highlight Forman’s traumatic childhood in Czechoslovakia and how these years greatly affected his later exile in the United States. A tribute to one of cinema’s greatest minds, this film reflects the interconnectedness of personal experience and artistic creation. Introduction by Jack Hamilton (UVA)


Friday, October 25


12:00 PM


Violet Crown 5

Film Info

Director: Jakub Hejna, Helena Trestíková

Runtime: 77 min.

Genre: Documentaries

Year: 2019

Country: Czech Republic, France

Language: English, Czech

Accessibility: Subtitles

Featuring: Milos Forman, Miroslav Ondrícek