Petr Václav

Director , Producer , Writer , Story , DoP

The FAMU graduate, who now resides in France, debuted in 1996 with his film about a Roma boy, Marian, which won him the Silver Leopard at Locarno. Václav is also known for his films Parallel Worlds (2001) and The Way Out (2014), which premiered in San Sebastian (New Directors competition) and the ACID section in Cannes respectively. The Way Out, which focused on a young Roma woman trying to escape her poor living conditions, won seven Czech Lions in 2014, including Best Film, and also four Czech Film Critics’ Awards. Lately, director released drama We Are Never Alone (2016, presented in Forum at Berlinale and at Toronto IFF), The Jumper (2017) and also Confession of the Vanished, the 2015 documentary about a performance of Josef Mysliveček’s opera Olimpiade and the composer himself, which served as prep work for feature-length narrative film. Mysliveček’s epic biopic Il Boemo (2022) will world-premiere In Competition of San Sebastian International Film Festival


Il Boemo

2022, Writer, Story, Director


2017, Director, Writer, DoP

We Are Never Alone

2016, Director, Writer

Confession of the Vanished

2015, Director, Writer

The Way Out

2014, Director, Writer

Parallel Worlds

2001, Director, Producer, Writer


1996, Director, Producer, Writer, Story

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