12 September 2023
09 September 2023
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Together with her husband, she came to build an utopian world in the middle of pure nature. Helena, the pregnant wife of the factory manager, is about to give birth and her family is facing a rosy future in a modern city. But all her illusions will soon perish. All it takes is the dead body of a new-born hermaphrodite to be found in the middle of their factory. Helena needs to find out what happened here for the safety of her own child, but she runs into her own prejudices. The story is inspired by the true story of intersex people in the 1930s, shortly before the war destroyed everything.
Robert Klein leaves his partner Saadu behind in France to return to Prague and find his stepbrother eventually somewhere in the Balkans. He is driven by the intuition that he will find him in those places where Europe is losing its contours and falling into its colonial past, limned by its xenophobic present. Robert Klein is forced to think about himself, his relationship to violence, sex, and the otherness of cultures. He is forced to confront his ego and eventually even accept its dark side.
Europe, 2041. The Free European Federation issues a new law that guarantees its citizens “one whole life to live”. Due to new technologies everyone has a right of recovery in case of an unnatural death. In such a society, an “absolute” murder is nearly impossible. Detective Em Trochinowska has to solve a murder-mystery where the only witness is one of the resurrected victims. Together, they attempt to shed light on the case and find out if the second chance isn’t just another easily exploitable tool dealing with the consequences instead of the cause itself.
After months of being held as a prisoner of war, Lilia struggles to resume her life in Ukraine as a soldier and wife. Butterfly Vision is a harsh and surreal tale about a victim who simply refuses to be identified as one.
Production designer Stella Šonková (*1992) originally studied theater set design at JAMU, but during a TV and Film Set Design internship at the University of South Wales, she switched to film. She worked on the drama Victim, premiered in Venice, the miniseries Suspicion, screened at last year's Berlinale, and A Sensitive Person, which competed in Karlovy Vary this year. Šonková is currently working on Ondřej Hudeček's comedy Little Thief.
Interview by Vojtěch Rynda for CZECH FILM / Fall 2023