Drama - Completed 2008


    • Year of production
    • 2008
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • CZECH
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 65 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Vit PANCIR
    • Writer(s)
    • Jachym TOPOL, Vit PANCIR
    • Producer(s)
    • Jiri KONECNY
    • Synopsis
    • In July 1994, Czech cult music group Psí vojáci (Dog Soldiers) recorded their album Sestra (Sister) which introduced music versions of Jáchym Topol’s texts from his novel Sestra. The novel on which the script was based has been one of the most visible Czech novels after the fall of the iron curtain. It has been successful on the international stage after being translated and published in various languages (under the title City, Silver, Sister in the US and the title Die Schwester in Germany). Experimental filmmaker, cartoon filmmaker and author of videos for Psí vojáci, Vít Pancíř started working on the script in 2003. The shooting itself took one year with the crew relying entirely on the director’s plan. It is not only a generational proximity but it is also the “windy perception” that are behind the creation of the film.
      The main character Potok works in a small theater as an art designer. He is thirty and his life does not have any aim. He sees both himself as well as his surroundings with disdain. His life suddenly changes when he meets a girl called Černá. The couple in love escapes from the city but runs against people’s caginess, superficiality and the lack of taste. Potok falls back into his depression which eventually kills his relationship. Černá breaks up with him and desperate Potok finds a more forgiving approach to life which does not have space for a big love or dark romanticisms. Unlike the book by Jáchym Topol which takes place in three years after 1989, the film is not set in time. It focuses on inner conflicts of the main character that are timeless.