Figurant

Nominated for

Best Short Film

Directed by

Jan Vejnar

14' • Czech Republic • 2019

Language: 

No Dialogue

A man follows a group of workers coming for daywork in an industrial area. Soon, he’s stripped from his clothes and identity, dressed in a military uniform and armed. His determination not to fall behind the others is then tested by a series of unsettling events.

Director's Bio: Jan Vejnar was born and raised in Prague, Czech Republic. He studied directing and screenwriting at Film Academy of Miroslav Ondřícek in Písek (FAMO), where he made several shorts that were screened and awarded at festivals home and abroad. During his studies he directed one episode for Czech Television period drama miniseries Čapek’s Pockets and followed with period docudrama Tale of the Stone about the baroque sculptors of East Bohemia. Before graduating he had started working with director/producer David Ondříček and his production company Lucky Man Films as a commercial director. His first spot Godzillafor Aero Cinema won Zlatý Louskáček Commercial Award. Jan also wrote a story for Ondříček‘s upcoming historical sports drama Zátopek. Because he likes to explore various mediums and narrative forms, he recently extended his experience by writing and directing two radio plays for Czech Radio. He’s currently developing the feature Entangled in War. Figurant is his first short film outside of his cinema studies.