During an unsuccessful burglary attempt, Jaroslav accidentally kills his old neighbour. His wife, Dana, concocts a plan to make the murder seem like an accident. Another neighbour stands in the way, however, whom they also have to eliminate. Dana convinces Jaroslav to help her. They attempt to use this incident to solve some of their financial problems. With the vision of easy money, the Stodolas start killing elderly and lonely people in the surrounding villages, Dana being the leader and Jaroslav the follower. Initially, they proceed to cover up the murders as accidents or suicides and the police do not do much to prove otherwise. When they finally are convicted by the investigator, who connect all the dots, Jaroslav puts all the blame on himself.
A contemporary Czech village. Vast fields surround a small farm, where fifty-year-old Josef works with his wife Eva and three children. Josef tries to live an alternative life and leads a quixotic fight against the local agribusiness. Because of this, his family suffers. He forbids his children to use computers, mobile phones and the Internet, which is especially difficult for sixteen-year-old Žofka. The agribusiness belongs to Viktor, who is walking in the footsteps of his dominant father. His eighteen-year-old son Míra, who has been living with his mother in Prague for over a year, is coming to Viktor’s place for the holidays. Míra becomes close to Žofka, but their relationship is turbulent, especially when both teenagers start to stand up to their domineering fathers.
The peaceful life of a small Moravian village is disturbed by strange phenomena. Amateur astronomer Blažej is convinced that a visit from space is here. Only no one believes him. Mayor Picek has a lot of work to do with subsidies, and the local policewoman Marková starts a search for a stolen tanker. But why does the neighbor Frank suddenly behave strangely? As if someone changed it! The whole village claims that Franta has always behaved like he came from another planet, but this behavior is way too much even for his wife Božena. When Rebeka appears in the village and the intransigent General Sokol is hot on her heels, the locals decide to get to the bottom of the mystery. Their way!
Michal Samir, Šimon Šafránek
Karel Vémola is an enigma waiting to be cracked. On one side, we have a prolific MMA fighter who became the first ever Czech to join the world famous UFC. On the other, we have a tabloid monster featuring on covers of glossy magazines with his glamour model girlfriend. He owns a 90s style villa called Vemoland which is being guarded by two sculptured and one real lion. Inside, he pets an alligator as well as couple of sharks. He is friends with the most controversial businessmen around yet he is invited for the annual presidential reception at the Prague Castle. He is an athlete and a cage-fighting beast but he is also a father of three, a son and a brother to a man he refuses to speak to. This is a portrait of an extreme human being on the backdrop of an extreme era.
Slovak composer and musician Jonatán Pastirčák, aka Pjoni (b. 1993), was nominated for two Czech Lions in 2023, for his scores on Arved and Nightsiren, taking home the prize for the former. He also composed the score for the film adaptation of Jáchym Topol’s prize-winning novel A Sensitive Person, which competed in the Karlovy Vary IFF that same year. The hard-working composer has also been involved in a host of other projects of various genres appearing at leading festivals, including the miniseries Suspicion, the sci-fi drama Ordinary Failures, and the documentary The Visitors.
Written by Vojtěch Rynda for CZECH FILM / Spring 2024