A young linen merchant from a small town in the Bohemian mountains is drafted and sent to fight in the Eastern Front of World War I.

Chemodan is set to to be a short documentary, combining filmed footage with 2D and 3D animation and using the contents of a decades-old locked suitcase which holds the personal possessions left behind by the director’s great-grandfather, linen goods salesman Josef Kubánek. Kubánek was born in 1897 in Jilemnice and fought in the First World War on the Eastern front where he was captured and subsequently recruited by the Czechoslovak Legion, i.e. volunteer armed forces. For several years, the legionaries fought their way through Russia and got as far as Vladivostok where Kubánek boarded a Japanese commercial ship and via Osaka, Singapore, Ceylon and Port Said returned to Europe, arriving in Trieste and crossing the short distance home. Few details about his Legion days have survived in the memories of his descendants but the suitcase should contain, among other things, his memoirs recounting his time in the Legion and his journey back home.

Director and Scriptwriter
Marek Náprstek

Country of production

Czech Republic

Target audience


Animation Technique

3D (CGI)

Production company

Frame Films

CEE Animation is supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union and co-funded by state funds and foundations and professional organisations from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

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