Lavish Issue

Film, Full HD, 14’30’’ /colour, sound/

The film Lavish Issue presents the Romany political scientist and human rights activist Edita Stejskalová through a staged visit to the Müller Villa in Prague in which the filmmaker creates a dialogue between her protagonist and Adolf Loos’s famous modernist house – today a national cultural monument. The building’s interior and exterior design offer the possibility of a symbolic interpretation. The subdued facade, contrasted with its richly decorated interior, forms an excellent foundation for exploring the relationship between public and private. The villa and its luxury interior thus represent a high standard of living, while the fact that this originally private space is open to the public opens up questions regarding the accumulation or redistribution of cultural and other forms of wealth. The building’s status as a monument of cultural heritage forces us to consider questions related to the sharing of goods and societal values. Visitors cannot touch anything or move it. The fact that the house cannot be used functionally because of its status as a museum only further encourages the imagination. The staged video presents its protagonist in a ceremonial role. She is given an opportunity to give a short speech inside the villa in which she explores issues of social status, forms of social inequality, and the individual experience of moving through spaces with different cultures and languages.

Protagonist: Edita Stejskalová
Voice of the guide: Ivana Vostárková
Cinematographer: Štěpán Pech
First Assistant Camera: Michal Blecha
Drone operator: Tomáš Mertlík
Editor: Kristýna Bartošová
Sound: Jakub Jurásek
Music: Jakub Janšto
Costume design: Pavel Berky
Make-up: Eva Svobodová
Location: Vila Müller in Prague