Journalist's day during the filming of Dan Svátek's feature film Alcoholic Notebook, June 19, 2023 in Ústí nad Labem. From the left, the representative of the main female role, Tereza Ramba, the representative of the main male role, Miloslav König.
Ústí nad Labem – The filmmakers are finishing the film The Notebook of an Alcoholic, which they also shot in the backdrops of the Ústí Region. Dan Svátek's feature film based on the book of the same name by Michaela Dufková will reopen the issue of alcohol addiction. In the book, the author describes her story, which, according to the filmmakers, can become an inspiration for many women struggling with alcohol. The main protagonist of the film, Tereza Ramba, said at today's press conference in Ústí nad Labem that filming was very challenging for her.
The filmmakers spent 13 filming days in the Ústí Region. They ended the day with a wedding, where most of the actors who will appear in the film gathered. The wedding does not end with the wedding night, but extemporaneously in the form of more alcohol consumption by the main character. As the title of the film suggests, it will not be the only similar event, which will be caused by an excess of alcohol. Filming began in April, the filmmakers took the key shots in an anti-alcohol treatment center in Dobřichovice, which is run by the author of the book. Miloslav König, Barbora Lukešová, Miroslav Hanuš, Martin Finger and Oskar Hes will also appear in the film.
“Today is a very important day for me overall, because for me personally this shooting is completely beyond the boundaries of a job. It is very important for me and I have discovered a lot of things about myself,” said Ramba. During the filming, she lived the story of Dufková, an alcoholic who eventually manages to return to normal life. “After I've personally experienced this story, I'm probably going to be much less distracted by things in my personal life,” added the actress. Dufková stated that with the end of filming, she is closing one of her life chapters. “I'm actually glad that filming is over, because I'm aware that it wasn't an easy film,” she added.
The film will be part of an awareness campaign. Together with the premiere, an exhibition with stories of women who have overcome alcohol addiction will also be presented. According to Svátek, female alcoholism is a topic that is not talked about much in society.
In addition to the hospital, the film was also shot in Prague, Mnetěš, Dubica and Církvice. The Film Office of the Ústí Region helped with the selection of locations and other facilities for the crew.