DIRECTOR / PRODUCER / EDITOR: Veronika Adaskova
Veronika's television work includes long-form documentaries and programs for PBS, NBC, CNN, NETFLIX, SHOWTIME and THE SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL.
Her artworks have been shown internationally. Most notable exhibits include the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., Art Nova 100 in Beijing and Arsenale in Italy.
CONSULTING EDITOR: Èlia Gasull Balada
Èlia Gasull Balada is an editor working in narrative and documentary features, film and television. She is based in New York with extensive experience as an editor and post-production supervisor in Spain.
THE KING is her latest project. Premiered at Cannes and Sundance as a special screening, the feature documentary directed by Eugene Jarecki. Recent work includes Icaros: A Vision, which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Èlia edited the documentary Man of the Monkey, which was part of the 2014 IFP Documentary Labs and was also awarded the Heineken VOCES Grant from Tribeca Film Institute's Latin American Media Arts Fund. She was also Additional Editor on the feature length documentary Keith Haring and post-supervisor on Death Metal Angola, directed by Jeremy Xido. The film received the Grand Prize for Best Documentary Feature at the Rhode Island Film Festival, as well as premiering at the Dubai International Film Festival. Èlia’s television work includes This is Life with Lisa Ling, a CNN Original Series that was nominated for Best Episodic Series by the International Documentary Association Awards.
She is actively involved in music videos, commercials, and digital content, having edited audiovisual content for the transmedia documentary Sonic Trace. (photo: Carla Gonzalez)
MUSIC COMPOSER: West Dylan Thordson
West is an American film composer.
He is best known for his original scores to David O. Russell's Joy, Andrew Jarecki's The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher and M. Night Shyamalan's Split.
Music group: A Whisper in the Noise
Albums: Split, 3 Generations (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Record labels: Lakeshore Records, Back Lot Music
Rudolf Jehlička is not really sure how he lost his leg. All he recalls is that he was unconscious and came to in a field where, to his surprise, he found his right leg lying next to him. He dragged himself to shelter, crawling down into a steep dirt trench, when his leg suddenly fell over his head and into his lap.
Fall follows the story of a man's life defined by an “us” vs. “them” narrative. Fall is about survival and adjustment, not about the heroic tales we watch on TV. The film mixes surreal archival imagery and memories, both true and imagined, with reality.
Rudolf, an old man, watches a TV program that replays his own life experience but he finds the narrative is not told from his point of view. Rudolph’s memory is sharp even if, as any good story teller, he is prone to a little embellishment at times.
When trying to recall how he came to loose his right leg Rudolf’s memories are hazy at best. He does remember that he was fighting against his cousin whose parents had emigrated to another country. Their countries were now enemies and the cousins were pitted to fight against each other, not by choice but by a misfortune of geography.
The story takes place in the Bohemian countryside. The terms “us”/“ours” vs “them”/“theirs” become blurred in Rudolf's case. Although being a German soldier, he eagerly awaits the arrival of the American forces to come and free Germany from Hitler. He remembers, “it took them a little bit since they had to free France first but they moved fast”.
Rudolf Jehlička was born December 6, 1924, the son of Czech mother and German father. He was forcibly drafted into the army and, just a few days after his eighteenth birthday, he found himself fighting for the forces of the German Reich. Rudolf's story is vital because it counters the common narrative of WWII: he was German and yet a victim. He lived outside of Germany.
Fall revisits what nationality means, how artificially drawn borders on the maps ignore a sense of belonging people living around these narrow lines experience and how one's birth place, nationality or minority status can affect the course of one's life.
Without being didactic, Fall mirrors many of today's current issues, hopes and ideas and fears and uncertainties.
Directed, Produced and Edited by
Èlia Gasull Balada
Music Composed by
West Dylan Thordson
Performed by Marlene Dietrich
Courtesy of Geffen Records
under license from
Universal Music Enterprises
Czech National Film Archive
Martin Vaňourek – Emil Trojan
Keith Campbell Art+Design
August G. Minke
Maya D. Walker
Sarah B. Crofts
Hana Shannon & Ryan Shannon
Stefan (Timpo) Hiros