Set in Czechoslovakia in the 1980s, young and talented sprinter Anna (Judit Bárdos) is selected for the national team and starts training to qualify for the Olympic Games. As a part of the preparation she is placed in a secret “medical programme” where they begin dopeing her with anabolic steroids. Her performance improves, but after she collapses at training, she learns the truth. Anna decides to continue her training without the steroids even though her mother (Anna Geislerová) is worried that she won’t be able to keep up with other athletes and might not qualify for the Olympics, which she sees as the only chance for her daughter to escape from behind the Iron Curtain.
A black comedy begins with Michal and Adam, two childhood friends, coming back to their hometown after 20 years. Michal’s mother has been dead for several years and Michal’s father dies on the day they return. Without knowing the truth about his mother´s death, all that is left is anger and sadness. Father’s new wife (now a widow) behaves suspiciously, which encourages Michal and Adam to try to find out more. They decide to get to the bottom of the mystery. The wheels of unstoppable disaster are turning faster and faster.
Eleven-year-old Tomas receives a camera for his birthday. Wanting to become the next acclaimed director like Miloš Forman, he decides to secretly record his father, who he suspects is having an affair. With the camera as his tool, he becomes a detective intent on finding truth. In the process, he finds out more about himself and the world around him than he ever imagined. His best friend Haris also borrows the camera, putting a lens to the stark reality of his violent father. In Czech with English subtitles
Nominated for 5 Czech Film Critics’ Awards (2015), including Best Film, Best Direction, and Best Screenplay. Won the Children’s Jury Main Prize at the Zlín IFF 2014. Received Special Mention at Finále Plzeň and the Gorky Studio Special Prize at VOICES - Russia (2014). Won Best Film at the Motovun FF in Croatia (2014).
Oskar, Max and Viktor, once a superstar clown trio split up over a heartbreaking fight. Now they’re paying the price of thirty years of separate grueling lives on and off the stage. Their irresistible sense of humor is challenged by the proxi- mity of the physical end and other joys of old age.
They‘re about to risk everything to find out whether there really isn‘t one more show left in them, a re-staging of the famous clownery that launched the group‘s career while also facing the hardest challenge yet: clowning their way out.
Sensitive film with extraordinary acting performances.