HELENA'S LAW

ZÁKON HELENA

By Petra NESVAČILOVÁ

BACKGROUND FILMS - as PROD

Crime - Completed 2016


Festivals
& Awards

Jihlava Documentary Film Festival 2016
Czech Joy
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Crime, First film, Documentary
    • Countries
    • CZECH REPUBLIC
    • Languages
    • CZECH
    • Duration
    • 78 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Petra NESVAČILOVÁ
    • Producer(s)
    • Klára ŽALOUDKOVÁ (Background Films s.r.o.), Mikuláš NOVOTNÝ (Background Films s.r.o.)
    • Synopsis
    • Young actress and documentary director Petra Nesvacilova, decided in her most recent film to focus on police detective, Helena Kahnova, who, with a colleague, managed to send to prison in the 1990´s several dozen people in the so-called Berdych Gang case – including Berdych himself. In total, the sentences meted out came to hundreds of years – the policewoman, as an extra work bonus, received 10 000 Czech crowns (roughly 300 GBP) and a promotion which was revoked soon afterwards. In completing the film the director managed to establish a working relationship with Berdych himself and former members of his gang. What motivates a woman police officer to stand up to a mafia and what motivates a young documentary film-maker to make contact with this mafia and shoot a film about them?
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