The Elements

Earth, Water, Air. Three elements, three extreme sports, three extraordinary people. The fourth element burns in all of them.

The documentary film called The Elements reveals the nature of three extreme sports – alpine mountaineering, scuba diving, and BASE jumping, which are associated with the symbolism of the respective characteristic elements - Earth, Water, Air. The individual areas are then represented by strong professional sportsmen - by Marek Holeček, Michal Rišian and Martin Trdla. The motto of the project mentions the fourth element which burns in all of them. Martin Trdla's fire burned out in 2014 after an unsuccessful try to fly over the Czech highest mountain Sněžka during which Martin died tragically. In spite of the fact, or maybe for this fact, the authors decided to continue the project in an effort to introduce to the viewers the enormous enthusiasm of the main characters for their sports, which was, is and will be the essential part of the life of all of them. And all of this despite the continuity with the risk inherent in those sports.

  • Tomáš Galásek
    Director
    White Line, Without the Sea, Few Days, Ecce ach Maco
  • Tomáš Galásek
    Writer
    White Line, Without the Sea, Few Days, Ecce ach Maco
  • Tomáš Vaďura
    Writer
    White Line, Without the Sea, Few Days, Ecce ach Maco
  • Lukáš Šereš
    Writer
    White Line, Without the Sea, Few Days
  • Veronika Göttlichová
    Producer
  • Marek Holeček
    Key Cast
  • Martin Trdla
    Key Cast
  • Michal Rišian
    Key Cast
  • Kateřina Trdlová
    Key Cast
  • Tomáš Galásek
    Director of Photography
    White Line, Without the Sea, Few Days, Ecce ach Maco
  • Flash the Readies
    Music
  • Fertilizer
    Music
  • Miroslav Göttlich
    Music
  • Jiří Hloušek
    Sound Design
  • Tomáš Vaďura
    Editing
    White Line, Without the Sea, Few Days, Ecce ach Maco
  • Lukáš Šereš
    Editing
    White Line, Without the Sea, Few Days, Ecce ach Maco
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Drama, Sport Documentary
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 26 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    30,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Czech Republic
  • Country of Filming:
    Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Italy, Pakistan
  • Language:
    Czech
  • Shooting Format:
    4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1:2,35
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • International Festival of Outdoor Films 2016
    Prague
    Czech Republic
    October 7, 2016
    World Premiere
    Grand Prix, Audience Award
  • International Mountaineering Film Festival 2017
    Teplice nad Metuji
    Czech Republic
    August 26, 2017
    Audience Award, General Partner Award
  • Oniros Film Awards 2017

    Best Documentary
  • 7DAYZ Film Contest
    Prague
    Czech Republic
    September 16, 2017
    Best Archive Movie
  • ARAS Award Nomination Evening
    Prague
    Czech Republic
    May 12, 2017
  • International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema
    Nice
    France
    May 17, 2017
  • Wasatch Mountain Film Festival 2017
    Utah
    United States
    June 24, 2017
  • Côte d'Azur Sport Film Festival FICTS
    Nice
    France
    September 27, 2017
  • Mountaineering Film Festival Czech Paradise 2017
    Hruba Skala
    Czech Republic
    September 29, 2017
  • Eho Mountain Film Festival 2017
    Skopje
    Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of
    October 17, 2017
  • HoryZonty 2017
    Trencin
    Slovakia
    November 10, 2017
  • So Independent Film Festival
    Sofia
    Bulgaria
    November 3, 2017
  • Festival Internacional de Cine con Medios Alternativos FICMA

    Mexico
Director Biography - Tomáš Galásek

Tomáš Galásek is a Czech director and cinematographer. In his work he focuses primarily on documentary movies from the field of outdoor and adrenaline sports. Together with his friends from Film School Zlín Tomáš co-founded audiovisual production Alternative.NOW, which has already made several documentaries. Worth mentioning is the internationally acclaimed freeride movie White Line or a documetary about Czech windsurfing called Without the Sea.
FILMOGRAPHY: The Elements (2016), Few Days (2014), Without the Sea (2013), White Line (2012), Ecce Ach Maco (2009), Knocking on Heaven's Door (2008)

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Director Statement

Although the conditions in the Czech Republic for a proper training in the monitored sports events are inadequate, all the three sportsmen achieved the world level in their fields. And it is this fact that even in limited conditions one can reach unlimited achievements, is one of the reasons why I decided to document at least a short part of their lives. It does not have to be only the oceans' width or the immense height of rocks which predetermines them to rank among the most successful, but also to become the most successful.