Saving one who was dead

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The father falls into a coma. The mother and son silently concentrate all their powers. They meekly accept the diagnosis but resist the verdict. Yet they reject an open conflict because the life thread is so taut that conflict could inadvertently break it.

Director: Václav Kadrnka
Screenwriter: Václav Kadrnka, Marek Šindelka, Jiří Soukup
Director of Photography: Raphaël O´Byrnee
Space Designer: Daniel Pitín
Set Designer: Jana Bejblová
Editor: Jan Daňhel
Sound Designer: Václav Flégl
Producers: Simona Kadrnková, Václav Kadrnka

Silverart (SK), Česká televize, RTVS, Bocalupo Films (FR), Synergia Film, PFX, Samuelson, Sounderground
Supported: Státní fond kinematografie, Audiovizuální fond, Eurimages, Ministerstvo kultury Slovenské republiky, Zlínský kraj, Olomoucký kraj, Město Olomouc, HAF Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum
Auspices: Ministra zdravotnictví České republiky, Hejtman Zlínského kraje, Arcibiskupství olomouckého

HAF Best Project Award 2018
HAF Goes to Cannes Award 2021
International Film Festival of India - Silver Peacock, Best Director 2021
Al ESTE Film Festival - Colombia - Jaguar Award - Best Film 2021

Featuring: Vojtěch Dyk, Zuzana Mauréry, Petr Salavec
Type of film: Feature, Drama
Running time: 90 min



Krizacek plakat


The knight Bořek sets off on the trail of his missing son. Little Jan has run away from home, rushing after a dream, an illusion about the holy mission of children. His aging father searches for him in every possible way, trying to catch up with his son, but he arrives everywhere too late. Gradually his image of the boy becomes more blurred; Bořek’s state of mind starts to crumble and the landscape through which he travels ever onwards increasingly resembles his mental landscape. In the end he is unable to distinguish between reality and a theatrical representation of the myth.

Director: Václav Kadrnka
Screenwriter: Jiří Soukup, Vojtěch Mašek, Václav Kadrnka
Director of Photography: Jan Baset Střítežský
Space Designer: Dan Pitín

Set Designer: Luca Servino
Editor: Pavel Kolaja
Sound designer: Jan Čeněk
Producer: Václav Kadrnka
Koproducenti: Artileria, Česká televize, Tempesta,
Innogy, Barrandov studio, io post

Podpořeno: Eurimages, New Cinema Network,
Státní fond kinematografie, Audiovizuálny fond, Regione Puglia,
Apulia Film Commission, Sardegna Film Commission,
Comune di Cagliari, Cagliari Film Commission

Featuring: Karel Roden, Aleš Bílík, Matouš John…
Type of film: Feature, Drama
Running time: 90 minutes
Format: DCP
Screening ratio: 4.3


International Film Festival Karlovy Vary,
Czech Republic (Karlovy Vary),  29.6.- 7.7.2017 ,
International Competition, Crystal Globe for best film 2017

Summer Film School, Česká republika (Uherské Hradiště), 28.7.- 6.8.2017
International Adana Film Festival, Turkey (Adana) 25.9.-1.10.2017, International Competition
BFI London Film Festival, Great Britain(London), 4.-15.10.2017,
Section Dare
Busan International Film Festival, South Korea (Busan), 12.-21.10.2017, Flash Forward
Braunschweig International Film Festival, Deutschland (Braunschweig) 17.-22. říjen 2017, International Competition
Rome Film Festival, Italy (Rome), 26.10. – 5.11.2017
Festival De Sevilla, Spain, (Sevilla) 3. -11.11.2017, International Competition
Minsk International Film Festival „Listapad“, Belarus (Minsk),
3.-10.11.2017, International Competition
Scanorama, Lithuania (Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipeda), 9.-26.11.2017,
Section Crossing Europe

Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt, (Cairo), 21.-30.11.2017,
Festival of Festivals

Crystal Globe
Little Crusader to compete for Crystal Globe on behalf of Czech Republic
SEFF’17 Sección Oficial
LITTLE CRUSADER, el bordado evanescente





Eighty Letters

Osmdesat dopisu plakat




Eighty Letters is autobiographically based. The source of the film are theme mories of the director and the surviving correspondence between his parents. The story takes place in Czechoslovakia in 1987. The father has defected to England and the mother and her son are planning to leave the country to be reunited with him. Husband, wife, child – even at a distance they are still together, but the forced break-up of any family is an abnormal situation. The events of the film are viewed from the boy’s perspective, the exasperated gaze of one lacking experience, his initiation in the course of this single day - the film.  It is the day when the youth gets a glimpse of adult hood and overcomes fear. His mother’s movements are part of an intensified daily routine, as she maps it out hour by hour. It is a battlefield situation for her. She is on her way, her son catches up with her on that path, but she must act alone if they are to achieve completeness together.

Director: Václav Kadrnka
Screenwriter: Jiří Soukup, Václav Kadrnka
Director of Photography: Braňo Pažitka
Set Designer: Zdeněk Eliáš
Editor: Pavel Kolaja
Sound designer: Jan Čeněk
Producer: Václav Kadrnka
Featuring: Zuzana Lapčíková, Martin Pavluš
Type of film: Feature, Drama
Running time: 75 minutes
Format: 35mm
Originally shot on: 16mm
Screening ratio: 1:1,85
Sound: Dolby Digital


Berlinale, Germany (Berlin), 10.-20.2.2011, Forum,
Nomination for the Best First Feature Film

Febiofest, Czech Republic (Prague), 24.3.-1.4.2011,
International Competition of Feature Films

Crossing Europe Film festival, Austria (Linz), 12.-17.4.2011, International Competition of FeatureFilms
FinalePilsen 2011, Czech Rebublic (Pilsen), 17.-23.4.2011,
Competition of Czech FeatureFilms, Winner of „The Golden King fisher Award for the Best Feature Film“

Cinema on theborder, Czech Republic(Cieszyn), 28.4.-3.5.2011
Copenhagen Film Festivals, Denmark (Copenhagen), 15.4.-1.5.2011,
It Came From the East

Cannes Film Festival – Market Screening, Francie (Cannes), 16.5.2011
Zlín Film Festival, Czech Republic (Zlín), 29.5.-5.6.2011, International Competition of European First Films
Art Film Fest, Slovakia (Trencianske Teplice), 17.-25.6.2011,
International Competition of Feature Films

International Film Festival Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
(Karlovy Vary), 1.-9.7.2011, Selection of Best Czech Films

Era New Horizons IFF, Poland (Wroclaw), 21.-31.7.2011, Panorama - films awarded at international film festivals, made by both renowned directors and newly discovered talents
Summer Film School, Czech Republic (Uherské Hradiště), 22.-31.7.2011
4Elements, Slovakia (BanskaStiavnica), 11.-14.8.2011
Film Festival „Třinecké filmové babí léto“, Czech Republic (Trinec), 21.-25.9.2011, International Competition, Winner Golden Debut
Ostrava Kamera Oko, Czech Republic (Ostrava), 23.9.-2.10.2011
Nüremberg International  Human Rights Film Festival,
Germany (Nürnberg), 28.9-5.10. 2011, International Competition

The Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada (Vancouver),

International Film Festival „Ve znamení ryby“,
Czech Republic (Olomouc), 29.9.-2.10.2011

CinEast Film Festival, Luxembourg, 5.-23.10.2011,
International Competition

International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, Turkey (Antalya), 9.-14.10.2011, Thematics creening programme
Viareggio Europa Cinema, Italy (Viareggio), 10.-16.10.2011, International Competition
Czech Centres Bucharest, Romania (Bucharest), 21.-23.10.2011,
Czech Art Films

Exposed Film Festival, Germany (Köln), 2.-6.11.2011,
European First Films

Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece (Thessaloniki),
4 -13.11. 2011, International Competition, Winner Silver Alexander -
The Grand Jury Award, Winner FIPRESCI Award

European Film Festival-Cinedays, Macedonia (Skopje),11.-18.11.2011,  International Competition, Winner  SILVER STAR  for the best director, Winner for the best male performance for Martin Pavluš
Scanorama, Lithuania (Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipeda), 11.-22.11.2011,
Special Programme Crossing Europe

Festival de cine de Gijón, Spain (Gijón), 18.-26.11.2011,
Competitive Section Rellumnes

Denver Film Festival, USA (Denver), 2.-13.11.2011,
Section Contemporary World Cinema, American Premier

Ïstambul Film Festival, Turkey (Istambul), 2.-17.4.2011,
Young Masters section

BAFICI, Argentina (Buenos Aires), 6.-17.4.2011,  Album familiar section

„Kadrnka´s portrait of an oppressive system crushing its
subjects to the point they only dream of escaping it is crystal clear“
Dan Fainaru - Screen daily

„perfect reduction“
Ralf Schenk - Berliner-zeitung
„75 minutes of perfection“
POSITIF - Revue mensuelle de cinéma
„remarkably mature masterpiece“
Thomas Rothschild-Titel-magazin
„a little masterpiece“
NilsFortmann - Negativ-film
„a prayerfor a missingfather“
Petr Fischer - Lidové noviny
„letters, silence and noise“
Stanislav Ulver – Film a Doba



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