Markéta Wants Her Bag


Miroslav Janek


Miroslav Janek


Miroslav Janek


Tonička Janková


Jan Macola


Mimesis Film


MAT Film Resort

Sixteen-year-old Markétka loves candy and bubble stuff, which she carries in her little bag. She likes riding around Prague because she thinks buses and trams are fun. And she paints. The girl suffers from Rett syndrome, and thus her mental capacity is that of a two-year-old. Markétka’s family battles their formidable fate with admirable finesse and humor. At the same time, however, they reflect on how the girl’s future will affect those closest to her, including her little sister.

Markéta was supposed to be one of the main characters in the documentary “Normální autistický film” but the footage with her did not fit among the others. And that is why the director decided to devote a short film exclusively to her; his everyday observations reveal a life with a very difficult intellectual disability.


Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Miroslav Janek

Miroslav Janek (born 1954) has been making short films since he was fifteen. He emigrated to Germany in 1979 and then lived in Minneapolis, USA, where he worked as an editor and cameraman. In the 1980s he worked on Godfrey Reggio's famous Qatsi trilogy. Since his return to the Czech Republic in 1995, he has made dozens of documentary films. Since 1998 he has been a teacher at the Department of Documentary Film at FAMU. In 2007, he completed the film Citizen Havel using material shot by the late director Pavel Koutecki. His wife Tonička Janková often collaborates with him as an editor of his films.