The biopic is inspired by the real life story of a controversial healer and herbalist played by six-time Czech Lion winner Ivan Trojan, and spans 40 years of the healer’s life. The screenplay was written by Marek Epstein.
The lead production company is Marlene Film Production, a young production company founded in 2014 by Šárka Cimbalová, with Cimbalova and Kevan Van Thompson as producers. Film & Music Entertainment (F.&.M.E.) is coproducing through its Irish office. The Slovak coproducer is Livia Filusova of Furia Film and the Polish coproducer is Klaudia Śmieja of Madants. The film has a budget of 3 m EUR, and received its initial development funding from the Czech State Cinematography Fund and was selected for the Berlinale Coproduction Market in 2017. The film received 110,000 EUR from the Slovak Audiovisual Fund.
The Czech distributor is CinemArt and the foreign distributor is Films Boutique. The premiere is scheduled for 20 February 2020.
Marlene Film Production (Czech Republic)
Directed by Agnieszka Holland
Script by Marek Epstein
DoP: Martin Strba
Set: Milan Býček
Costumes: Katarína Štrbová Bieliková
Editing: Pavel Hrdlička
Music: Antoni Lazarkiewicz.
Cast: Ondrej Trojan, Miroslav Hanuš, Josef Trojan, Frantisek Trojan, Juraj Loj, Václav Kopta, Jan Budař, Jan Vlasák, Otmar Brancuzský, Tomáš Jeřábek, Martin Myšička, Jaroslava Pokorná, Pavlína Štorková.