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Ivan Mečl, Kakalík - Tequilla Dance


Equal co-authorship: Ivan Mečl, Kakalík


Classification: film/videoart


Date of creation: 2001


Other persons appearing in the film: Petr Puch, Martin Šefránek, Vladan Šír, Ivan Mečl, Marisa Ravalli-Příhodová, Vít Soukup, Radomil Uhlíř, Kakalík (David Kalika), bln (Elen Řádová), Petr Meissner, Iva Mečlová, Blanka Brixová, Radka Johanidesová, Michal Vimmer, Jeff Buehler, Lucie Jandová


Duration: 00:56:23
Sound: Sound


Compilation containing the work: Vít Soukup: Everything!, 2012
Attachment included with work’s publication: booklet CZ/EN


Notes: Bonus of the DVD Vít Soukup: Everything! Films and Theater Performances 1993–2003 (edited by T. Nekvindová, S. Sobotovičová) - published in 2012 by the Research Centre of Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (VVP AVU) in cooperation with Divus.

Written by: Ivan Mečl
Photography, directed by: Kakalík

Archived in .mpeg2 format and .VOB format.

Adopted text on the work: Prague. Young attractive girls are beginning to disappear from bars and nightclubs. Detective Gordon (Petr Puch) has a hunch that the trail will lead to the Mexican mob, led by Boss Sancho (Radomil Uhlíř), who is involved in white slavery. It all starts when Mexican mobster Juan (Vít Soukup) – bodyguard to the playboy Dragan (Vladan Šír), the main supplier of young girls – kills Gordon’s partner Ming (Martin Šefránek). Among the kidnapped girls is the beautiful Samantha (Marisa Ravalli-Příhodová), whose boyfriend Julien (Ivan Mečl) is stabbed to death by the gang. The innocent victims Ming and Julien come back to earth as spirits and use their supernatural powers to help detective Gordon defend justice and avenge their deaths. (from the film’soriginalsummary)

The “feature-length” film Tequilla Dance was shot by Ivan Mečl and Kakalík (David Kalika) and produced by Divus publishing’s TeleDVision. The actors, most of them artists, also came from the Divus circle. The filmshows the wild Prague of the 1990s, along with typical features of the era’s urban landscape: advertising agencies and the mafia environment. The film’s kinship with the work of Vít Soukup can be seen in more than just the main character of the police detective. Mečl and Kakalík’s vision is somewhere in-between – we are never quite sure whether we are watching a parody or whether the filmmakers were truly trying to experience the various scenes as reality and shoot a professional film. During postproduction, the actors overdubbed each other’s parts. Detective Gordon and his assistant Ming also appeared in the second film shot by the duo of Mečl and Kakalík, the detective story Death Exposed (2000). Both films (and the first part of the series The Man Who Knew Too Much and Kept it to Himself, dir. Martin Šefránek, 2002) were shot digitally.
Source of text: Edice VIDA 3, VVP AVU, 2012
Author of text: Terezie Nekvindová, Sláva Sobotovičová

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