The 'Butterflies' are doing well in Slovakia. We received a warm welcome in Bratislava and our film had a great audience at the Slovak Queer Film Festival on November 26, 2022.
The international premiere of the movie Where Butterflies Don't Fly took place at the 46th Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco on June 19, 2022, with the participation of the film's director Roman Němec and cinematographer Vojtěch Hrnčíř. The screening was moderated by film, television and theater producer Peter Stein.
One year ago, when we discussed the locations for our movie, we stumbled upon a fundamental technical problem – how to create a large cave-in. For our filming we chose Štola n. 1 Jáchymov, but it was not possible to realize such a massive cave-in. In the end it turned out that the easiest solution will be building the same drift in a different place.
A week before our planned autumnal filming in the caves our main location, Sloupsko-šošůvské caves, got flooded. In a hurry we had to plan everything again and temporarily move to Kateřinská cave. In the meantime the Cave Administration of the Czech Republic with the help of the firefighters and many volunteers was disposing of the consequences of the flash flood in Sloup.
The filming of the underwater scene. We arrive to the location, build the set, and get Jiří Vojta dressed into a costume which has a lead belt added to it. Just one more detail though. “Please, lend our cameraman, Vojta, some equipment so that he can stay under the water for a longer time,” I ask the divers. “But I have never been diving before,” says Vojtěch Hrnčíř. “It is not about diving really, I just need you to be able to stay under the water for a few minutes and film the scene without coming up to the surface, “I explain. Everyone is watching me with puzzled expressions in their faces. “Alright then,” says one of the divers and takes Vojta away. They give him a wetsuit, put an oxygen tank on his back and in an hour he goes through a crash course in diving.
Everybody discouraged me from filming in hard-to-access caves. It meant a lot of technical problems and, of course, discomfort. Nevertheless, I did not want to give up on the idea of filming a part of our movie in these caves since Olomouc cave and Javoříčské caves completely mesmerized me. So I put together a minimized film crew with a complete speleological equipment, invited local speleologists to help us organize the logistics of filming and then we dismantled our equipment, put it in waterproof barrels so that we could transport it even through the narrowest underground passages.
Basketball falls into the group of the most photogenic sports. Especially when performed by our actors. And actually it does not matter that it is given by the screenplay who wins the ball during the tip-off, who loses the ball, who scores the winning basket and which team wins the game – in fact, the cameraman is the one who goes through the biggest tension, because he is the one who has to stand still and keep filming even when the ball is flying right towards him.
Going to school even during holidays, riding on the bus round and round for the whole day, swimming in ice-cold water on a trip pretending it is a hot day, shuffling around in the middle of a forest on a chilly night. These are the delights of our student actors. Even after this experience, saying goodbye to our project at our final party did not do without tears.
Look behind the scenes of the feature film Where Butterflies Don't Fly. In a short video you will also hear what the actors in the leading roles Daniel Krejčík and Jiří Vojta think about their characters.
The story of Where Butterflies Don't Fly is largely set in a huge cave complex. The labyrinths of intricate corridors, large domes, deep abysses, lake and watercourses. We will shoot in the real space of five Moravian cave systems. We cooperate with Czech speleologists, the Cave Administration of the Czech Republic and the Mining Museum in Sokolov.