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Winter Flies

Všechno bude

Panorama | Contemporary World Cinema | High School Outreach

Stand By Me meets Y Tu Mamá También on a stretch of barren Czech countryside in this charmingly unsentimental tale about two teenage boys on a journey of self-discovery and auto theft. With no particular place to go, tough-talking Maìra (Tomáš Mrvík) and his endearingly dorky companion Heduš (Jan František Uher) point their stolen Audi in the general direction of France—there’s talk of French girls and joining the Foreign Legion—but are soon waylaid by drowning dogs, raging hormones and a sickly old man in a wheelbarrow.

Anchored by a standout performance from newcomer Mrvík as the steely-eyed but tender-hearted Maìra, the film shifts between the rollicking version of events Maìra presents to two grim-face police interrogators and the somewhat less heroic reality of his misadventures with Heduš. Quirky without being cute, the film is grounded by a poignant streak of Eastern European melancholy and an evocative palette of winter grays captured by cinematographer Lukáš Milota. A subtly affecting gem.

"There are moments of magic and moments of mayhem, but the emotional effect… is a piercingly bittersweet melancholy…"—Jessica Kiang, Variety

Best Director, Karlovy Vary 18

Director Olmo Omerzu
Country of Origin: Czech Republic
Year: 2018
Running Time: 85 mins
Format: DCP
Classification: 14A - Sexually suggestive scene; coarse & sexual language
Language:In Czech with English subtitles
Related Links: Variety Review
Cast: Tomáš Mrvík, Jan František Uher, Eliška Křenková, Lenka Vlasáková, Martin Pechlát
Producer: Jiří Konečný
Screenwriter: Petr Pýcha
Cinematographer: Lukáš Milota
Editor: Jana Vlčková
Production Design: Antonín Šilar
Music: Šimon Holý, Monika Midriaková, Paweł Szamburski
Production Company: Endorfilm
Print Source: Cercamon


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