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I, Olga Hepnarová

Petr Kazda, Tomáš Weinreb
Já, Olga Hepnarová
Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, France 2016 / 105’

A story that once shook Czechoslovakia but that has now been all but completely forgotten. Petr Kazda and Tomáš Weinreb's directorial debut takes viewers back to the 1970s to take a closer look at the figure of Olga Hepnarová. The young resident of Prague is notorious for, one July morning, driving a truck into a tram stop packed with people. During a police interrogation, she revealed that her actions were premeditated. The Czech directors take a look at her life without the tabloid excitement and psychological simplification. Like Marcin Koszałka in The Red Spider, Kazda and Weinreb investigate the complex mechanisms that give rise to evil in seemingly ordinary everyday life. In I, Olga Hepnarová, we never do learn of any clear motivation that pushed the protagonist to commit her crime. Michalina Olszańska's wonderful performance only adds to the film's ambiguity. In the title role, the Polish actress is able to simultaneously dazzle with her sensuality, provoke compassion, and inspire terror. The cinematography is the work of Adam Sikora.

Piotr Czerkawski

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Sofia International Film Festival 2016 - Best Director

Petr Kazda, Tomáš Weinreb

The Czech creative duo consisting of Tomáš Weinreb and Petr Kazda prepares scripts, directs and produces film projects. Both studied at Prague’s FAMU: Kazda focused on screenwriting, while Weinreb did his studies in documentary film. Together, they have shot several student films and written feature scripts, and in 2011 they founded their own production outfit, Black Balance. I, Olga Hepnarová is their feature debut.

Filmography

2016 Ja, Olga Hepnarová / Já, Olga Hepnarová / I, Olga Hepnarová

Cast & Crew

director Petr Kazda, Tomáš Weinreb
screenplay Petr Kazda, Tomáš Weinreb
cinematography Adam Sikora
editing Vojtěch Frič
music Petr Kapeller, Richard Müller
cast Michalina Olszańska, Martin Pechlát, Klára Melísková, Marta Mazurek
producer Sylwester Banaszkiewicz, Marcin Kurek, Tomáš Weinreb, Marian Urban, Petr Kazda, Vojtěch Frič
production Black Balance, Frame100r, Mediabrigade, ALEF Film & Media Group, Love.FRAME, Filmové Studio Barrandov, Michael Samuelson Lighting Prague, FAMU, Arizona Productions
language Czech
colouration b&w