11/20/2019 05:30 pm – Caligari FilmBühne

Czech Republic/Slovenia/Poland/Slovakia 2018 85 min Czech original version with German and English subtitles

by Olmo Omerzu

Script: Petr Pýcha, DoP: Lukáš Milota, Editor: Jana Vlčková, Music: Šimon Holý, Monika Midriaková, Paweł Szamburski, Producer: Jiří Konečný, Production: endorfilm, Coproduction: Česká televize, Cvinger film, Koskino, Punkchart films, Cast: Tomáš Mrvík, Jan František Uher, Eliška Křenková, Lenka Vlasáková, Martin Pechlát

Winter. Police interrogate 14-year-old Mára at the station after he is caught behind the wheel far from where he lives. He and somewhat eccentric Heduš had set out for the frozen landscape down south to seek adventure, but the mischievous breeziness with which Mára gives his story, and his concealment of the details of the trip, gradually strip his statement of credibility…

With uncommon directorial playfulness, Olmo Omerzu leads his central pair of young nonprofessional actors through the expanding narrative, in which a variety of detours arise with the same elegant spontaneity as they later disappear. A road movie about the flies that occasionally buzz around even in winter, telling a story of boyhood friendship and the irrepressible desire to experience something, even if you don’t exactly know what.

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Olmo Omerzu, born in Ljubljana/Slovenia in 1984, studied at the FAMU in Prague/Czechia, where he directed several short films and a 40-minute feature film; THE SECOND ACT (2008). In 2011, he graduated from the FAMU with his first fiction feature A NIGHT TOO YOUNG. Following its successful premiere in the Forum section of the 2012 Berlinale, the film was invited to numerous international festivals and won several awards. In 2016, he directed FAMILY FILM which premiered in San Sebastian, in the New Directors section. His latest feature film, WINTER FLIES, had its world premiere in competition at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2018.

Filmography (selection): 2008 THE SECOND ACT, 2011 A NIGHT TOO YOUNG, 2016 FAMILY FILM, 2018 WINTER FLIES

Awards (selection): Award for Best Director (Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czechia 2018), 6 Lion Awards (Czech Lion Awards Ceremony, Prague 2019)

Dorian Magagnin
United Arab Emirates

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