Historical - Development 2013

Magical Meteor is a 7 episodes TV series project about the life of M.R. Stefanik who was the famous Slovak astronomer, diplomat, politician and general. M.R. Stefanik was a famous and strong personality and one of the formers of the present Europe.

    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Historical, Documentary, Romance
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    • Budget
    • 10 - 25 M$
    • Writer(s)
    • Producer(s)
    • Deana JAKUBISKOVA (Jakubisko Film)
    • Synopsis
    • Life, but mostly activities and work of art of M.R. Stefanik are so extensive that they can be hardly mentioned in one feature film shoot.  It is impossible to reflect his sanguineous life full of victories and losses in such a short time period.  M.R. Stefanik deserves much more. 
For this reason, we opted for an autobiographical TV series, which will attempt to show M.R. Stefanik as a successful man with high society status but also with his weaknesses, as a hero in battle, as a visionary in politics and science, as a manipulator with the vision for a new sense of the world, as a man who was often caught up in trouble due to misunderstands, and a man weak to fight a disease which plagued him but strong in the fight against conventions and conservatism. The TV series is conceived as chapters, which each will show the life of M.R.Stefanik at certain life milestones that have shaped not only his life but also the fate of two nations - Slovaks and Czechs - not least after the collapse of Austro-Hungarian Empire his visions helped to form the new Europe at the beginning of XXth century.  
Each individual chapter will focus on a important milestone of the journey that occurred through the stages of his life. We will try to provide the viewer with the opportunity to look into the legends but also true historical facts through a dramatical / psychological view, which will include also Stefanik’s jokes and sense of humor. Seven chapters - will be placed and produced in authentic locations in France, Italy, Russia, Ecuador, Tahiti, Bohemia and Slovakia.  
M. R. Stefanik is one of the most important and most talked about personalities of Slovak history not only during his life but also after his death. Despite of his social status and great importance in the development of the political life and layout of the modern Europe in the early XXth Century, the "totalitarian regime" completely concealed this fact from us during the the 2nd half of the XXth Century.
      Like all geniuses, also he was far ahead of the era  he lived in and lived his full valued, sometimes even adventurous life.  Reasons for such actions were not to increase his libido, or due to tendency to recklessly, but because it is imposible to achieve and fulfill huge and extraordinary visions for mankind without taking great risk and having to face "the mercy of God''.  And it goes hand in hand, that such a unique person with that spirit was beloved and admired by many, but also hated and execrated at the same no matter the sex or religious view of his antagonist.
      Visionaries and magicians were not very popular during the conservative world of the first half of XXth Century. But which time or era is supporting them? Every visionary has to fight for the "new world" and put together all his powers so he will make his dream come true and realize it. And all of this Rastislav Stefanik achieved during his short and hard life.  
    • Partners & financing
    • Co-producers Jakubisko Film Slovakia s.r.o. & Jakubisko Film s.r.o. applied for the local cinematography development grant Media Plus and Fund supporting Czech cinematography. Additional funding will be made in cooperation with televisions, Grants coming from the co-producers countries and Eurimage
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Jun 01, 2011
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