An experimental documentary short by Prague-based director Luboš Rezler. Shot on Aaton Xtr 16mm, “Aquanaut” features Rostislav Vítek, a long-distance swimmer who has conquered over 60,000 km of water in his lifetime. Using Vitek’s personal notes, Rezler explores the sacrifices one has to make in order to succeed, embarking on his own passion project with friend and cinematographer Tomáš Kotas to bring Vitek’s swimming experience to life:

“We decided that his life-story should be somehow captured or translated through a film language in a short format. The shooting took two days with minimal crew, just four people on the set. First shooting day was focused on the training waters, the second day we traveled to high-altitude mountain ice-lake “Gosausee” in Austrian alps”

Check out “Aquanaut” above as well as some behind-the-scenes images from the shoot below!


Starring Rostislav Vítek
Directed by Luboš Rezler
Cinematography: Tomáš Kotas
Editor: Filip de Pina
Sound: Kryštof Blabla
Production: Matěj Kačírek
Color: Vlad Barin
Color Production: Francesca Chadwick
Colored at CHEAT IT
Underwater support: Miloslav Dvořáček
Camera assistants: Ondřej Kymla, Norbert Pokorný
Special thanks:
Panavision, CHEAT IT,
Biofilms, Gosausee boat rental,
Swimming pool Kraví Hora





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