Historical - Development 2014

Life and death, war and peace, heaven and hell were so close to each other that they merged into one. Two men. One empire. Two religions. One crown. Struggle for love, power and freedom. Winner and loser at the same time.

    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Historical, Fantasy, Action/Adventure
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    • Budget
    • 50 - + M$
    • Duration
    • 150 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Juraj JAKUBISKO
    • Writer(s)
    • Juraj JAKUBISKO
    • Producer(s)
    • Deana JAKUBISKOVÁ (J&J Jakubisko Film Europe, SE)
    • Synopsis
    • Our ancestors fought for their place in history. For thousands of years, they extended and fortified the borders of their small and large empires, unaware that they will one day become dispensable, like the wars they led because of them. The story follows the life of the ruler of Great Moravia, Svatopluk (Zwentibald), from the moment when as a young man he escapes from Frankish (German) bondage until his death, which is at the same time the end of his entire empire.
      The film's story is broken down into two parts: PAGANS and CHRISTIANS
      The first part, PAGANS, shows life connected to the forces of nature and its difficult transformation into faith in one God. Here begins the journey of the young Svatopluk. He experiences his first great love in the magical environment of a pagan settlement, here a world of energies wedded to nature opens to him. Under the protection of the delicate love of young Zina, daughter of the pagan priestess Raduna, he encounters the miracles of conception and death, which marks him and his destiny. After the loss of his beloved Zina, he decides to return to the world of reason and might. With sword in a hand, he fights for independence, freedom and a new Christian faith.
      The second part, CHRISTIANS, is full of intrigues and struggles for power and independence. Svatopluk's life is transformed into a whirlwind of rises and falls, love and hate, battles and forgiveness. At the cost of a double betrayal, Svatopluk uses the sword and an idea to unite Slavic tribes and builds the great empire he has always dreamt of. Under Svatopluk's thirty-year reign, the Great Moravian Empire becomes one of the largest in Europe. As a ruler, he fulfills his dreams, but in doing so loses all: freedom, love, family and the hope that someone would continue in his footsteps. The fateful prediction, that a duo of murderers will try to kill him is fulfilled differently than he expected: his own sons attempt to murder him. He remains alone, the crown on his head as thorny as that of Christ. But his hasn't saved anyone...
    • Partners & financing
    • Czech Republic
      Russia (in negotiations)
      Germany (in negotiations)
    • Production schedule
    • Developing: January 2010 – July 2013
      Preproduction: July 2013 – August / September 2014
      Production: August / September 2014 – July 2015
      Postproduction: February 2015 – June 2016
      Planned Release: September 2016
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Sep 01, 2014
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