The Lust for Power

The Lust for Power
Mečiar

Slovakia, Czech Republic, 2017, 90 min
Documentary

The Lust for Power
Mečiar

Slovakia, Czech Republic, 2017, 90 min
Documentary

The story begins in 1989 when the protagonist is one year old and the Velvet Revolution is about to bring down the communist regime in Czechoslovakia. Following their victory, almost none of the revolutionary leaders wants to be appointed on important government positions. They organize an open call for the position of Minister of Interior, and an unknown lawyer from a small town, Vladimir Meciar, vies for the job. He wins and proceeds to rise to the very top. During his governance Meciar becomes a benevolent dictator, ruling the country using tools of corruption, propaganda and organized crime. While events like the division of Czechoslovakia or the kidnapping of the President's son unfold, the protagonist and her friends are playing children's games of politics casting Meciar in the lead role.
The Lust for Power doesn’t only cover one chapter in Slovak political history. It raises universal and very current questions, as long as Meciar-like political archetypes keep popping up all over the world. Are we ever going to find out, why we tend to put blind faith in authoritarian leaders?

Writer / Josef Krajbich, Tereza Nvotová    Story / Tereza Nvotová    DoP / Martin Žiaran    Editor / Josef Krajbich    Sound / Igor Baar, Radim Hladík jr.    Music / Pjoni

Release Date / 12 October 2017

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