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Synopsis: This movie captures a dream of two balloon pilots who have decided to be the first Czechs in history to participate in the world’s oldest air race, which is at the same time an extreme in aeronautics – the Gordon Bennett Cup. With no money, no experience, no gas balloon… But they made it. The flight was finally the longest balloon flight of Czechs under the Czech flag in history and broke two national records.





Run Time

41 minutes


Ales Vasicek
Jan Smrčka

Directed by

Ales Vasicek

Director's Statement

Everything is different, when you fly.

Director's Bio

Personal Data: Name and Surname: Aleš VAŠÍČEK title: Bc., M.A. date of birth: 20. března 1980 place of birth: Trutnov, Czech Republic Education: 2008-2010 Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands, Master Photographic studies , Master of Arts degree, 2005-2008 Charles University of Prague,Czech republic, bachelor degree in Jurnalism 1996-1999 Secondary technical school of communication technologies, Motion Picture and Sound technologies, Prague, Czech Republic Work Experience: 2013 (IX.) – (now) reporter at curent affairs program Víkend, TV Nova except hundreds of reports: 2017 (VI.) A Short TV documentary for TV Nova on return of the Prewalski Horses from Prague ZOO to Mongolia, Gobi-B protected in cooperation with Czech Military Air Force (reporter and cameraman) 2016 (XII) – 2017(I.) A Short TV documentary for TV Nova on preparation of Czech truck team at Dakar Rally (Czech republic, Argentina, Paraquay) – (reporter and cameraman) 2015 (III.) A Short TV documentary for TV Nova on Aeropostale – pioneers of the first air mail in Africa in 1920s and tracks of Antioine de Saint – Exupéry in Western Sahara (reporter and cameraman) 2013 (II.) – 2013 (VIII.) foreing news reporter, TV Nova 2012 (IX.) – 2013 (I.) Expedition „With Trabant across South America“, driver, cook, blogger and reporter of the Czech Radio Radiožurnál, www.transtrabant.cz 2011 (III.) – 2012 (VIII.) foreing news reporter, TV Nova 2009 (III.-IX.) Internship at Paradox, Edam, NL (www.paradox.nl) – curator of the project Farewell to Arms , presented and Noorderlicht Photo-festival 2009, Groningen, NL 2009 (I.-VI.) administative worker at World Press Photo, Amsterdam, NL – preparation of the contest of the year 2009 1999 – 2008 Freelance photographer and student

Country of Origin

Czech Republic

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