Nová šichta

A New Shift

For Tomáš the mine is the centre of his life, along with soccer, his kids and the cosy after-work beer. The 44-year-old has worked as a miner for 21 years, until the mine was closed down for economic reasons. Tomáš then re-trains as a coder in the appropriately named educational programme “New Shift”. What he doesn’t know yet is that his new skills alone won’t get him out of the crisis. Jindřich Andrš’ first feature-length film is an equally quiet and thrilling observation. He gently follows his loveable protagonist and manages to present the tricky job situation with dignity and empathy. What emerges clearly is that unemployment and lack of jobs have long ceased to be phenomena that only occur on the fringes of our societies. They are part of a normality that the majority of people must cope with. (Kim Busch, DOK Leipzig)

Director's Filmography (Selection)
Nová šichta (A New Shift, 2020, doc) - Poslední šichta Tomáše Hisema (The Last Shift of Thomas Hisem, 2017, doc short)
Arbeitswelten | Working Worlds 2021
Jindřich Andrš
Czech Republic 2020
91 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Jindřich Andrš
Cinematography Tomáš Frkal
Editing Lukáš Janičík
Sound/Sounddesign Šimon Herrmann
Music Eliška Cílková
Producer(s) Miloš Lochman, Karel Chvojka, Augustina Micková
moloko film, Czech Television, FAMU, Studio Bystrouška
World Sales
moloko film
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival 2020