Film, 38 min, 2018, Czech Republic / Germany.
Neptune is based on a real event that occurred in the summer of 1964. At that time, the Department of Active Measures of Czechoslovak State
Security (StB) organized a comprehensive and deliberate mystification campaign. During a covert operation codenamed Neptune, chests with
forged Nazi documents were planted in the Black Lake in South Bohemia.
The chests were then “discovered” by an unsuspecting television crew that happened to be shooting an unrelated documentary on the site. The
purpose of the operation was to create a vicious global media campaign against West Germany and to tarnish its reputation.
The film substitutes the Nazi documents “found” in the crates for a different kind of mysterious content. The story demonstrates the mechanism of mass media propaganda. It combines fictional sequences
with manipulated original footage, photos and animations. Fictional sequences were shot on 35 mm negative film stock.
director: Adéla Babanová, screenplay: Džian Baban, camera: Lukáš Hyksa, edit: Hedvika Hansalová, sound: Michaela Patríková, production designer: David Dubenský, costumes: Tereza Kopecká, music: Džian Baban, graphic designer: Jan Šiller,
trailer: Michal Jahn
producers: Tomáš Vach, Adéla Babanová,
Bratři s. r. o.
co-producers: Czech television, Magiclab