By Julius SEVCIK

ASPECT FILM - as SALES All rights, World

Thriller - Completed 2009

Julius Ševcík’s Czech noir-thriller Normal: Based on a true story, this psychological thriller is set in pre-war Europe during the recession in the 1930s.

    • Year of production
    • 2009
    • Genres
    • Thriller
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • CZECH
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 95 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Julius SEVCIK
    • Writer(s)
    • Julius SEVCIK, Anthony NIELSON
    • Producer(s)
    • Karla STOJAKOVA (Axman Production), Duncan MCKENZIE
    • Synopsis
    • Between February 1929 and October 1931, Peter Kurten brutally murdered eight people and attacked many others. He killed men, women, children and animals; anything that crossed his path. He spread the same level panic that Jack the Ripper once did in London. Eventually, this brutal sadist voluntarily gave himself up to the police.
      A young ambitious lawyer, Justus Wehner, is assigned to defend the killer. Wehner is certain that Kuerten suffers from a severe mental disorder and decides to prove Peter Kurten is insane. Wehner starts to study the killer’s mind, but the further he sinks into Kurten’s motivation and psyche; he gains less control over the case.
      Wehner also meets Kurten’s wife, a lady with a dark past, whose role in the case is more than mysterious. Kurten and Marie start to exploit Wehner’s mind and soul.
      Evil tendencies and despair slowly start to overcome Wehner. He burns the bridges of his old life, almost kills one of his witnesses and finally forces Marie into suicide. In the conclusion of the trial, Kurten is declared “Normal”.
      Wehner loses the case as well as his innocence, beliefs and carrier. Peter Kurten is now to become the new messiah. He will be a messiah of terror who will lead the people into a new age of fascism, where insanity will become normal for everyone.