Vojtěch Mašek

Vojtěch Mašek

Writer

Vojtěch Mašek, a librettist, screenwriter, artist, composer, and lyricist born in 1977, graduated in screenwriting from the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). He made his directorial and screenwriting debut with the absurdist story of an exhibitionist called Tomík and his parents, which was featured in the anthology film Šest statečných (1999). He’s also contributed to several short student films. He and his classmate Džian Baban created, among other things, the comic trilogy Monstrkabaret Freda Brunolda uvádí (2004 to 2008) and a series of theater performances titled Jožkalipnikjebožíčlověkaneumílhát!, which were performed at Studio Hrdinů. Vojtěch Mašek introduced the concept of Recykliteratura, which involves combining photographs and texts found in books and magazines to create mainly short anecdotes, often absurd in nature, which sometimes form a cohesive story. This concept gained a lot of popularity on Facebook. In collaboration with director Václav Kadrnka and dramaturg Jiří Soukup, Vojtěch Mašek wrote the screenplay for the historical drama Křižáček (2017). The film, inspired by the epic poem by Jaroslav Vrchlický, is set in the high Middle Ages and received nine Czech Lion nominations, including for the screenplay.