PLZEN: Juraj Nvota’s tragicomic family film Hostage, based on a screenplay by the famous Slovak author Peter Pišťánek, will be screened within the 28th edition of Finale Plzen running from 26 April to 2 May 2015.
The main characters of Hostage /Jak jsme hráli čáru are children heroes, particularly the son of a local communist officer and his friend, a little hostage of the regime whose parents emigrated to the West a few years before the Prague Spring and the occupation of Czechoslovakia. The story encompasses first contacts with the bizarre and absurd reality of relationships and attitudes of adulthood, politics, emigration, but also betrayal and death, investigating the way all those things transform the lives of boys forced to grow up too quickly.
"The plot goes back to the period of '68, but it’s a universal story describing how children imitate the actions of adults. The project resumes the classic Slovak and Czechoslovak films about children, which disappeared for more than 20 years," Eva Horváthová from Alef Film Media told FNE.
The film was produced by Marian Urban through Slovakia’s ALEF Film & Media in coproduction with the Czech Television Filmové Ateliéry, Slovakia’s RTVS, Un Film, and Filmpark Production. It was supported by The State Cinematography Fund Czech Republic, Slovak Audiovisual Fund and The Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic.
The cast includes famous Slovak and Czech actors like Marian Labuda, Milan Lasica and Libuše Šafránková. The Slovak distributor is Barracuda Movie while the Czech distributor is CinemArt. The film was nominated for Czech Lions in four categories.
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Credits:Directed by Juraj NvotaScriptwriters: Peter Pišťanek, Marian UrbanDoP: Marek DivišCast: Milan Lasica, Libuše Šafránková, Richard Labuda, Ondřej Vetchý, Szidy Tobias, Miro Noga, Ondřej Malý