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  • A Good Wife of Marie and Viktorka

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    A Good Wife of Marie and Viktorka

    This psychological drama takes place in a small Bohemian village at the beginning of 19th century. It tells a story of two different sisters. Passionate, sensual Viktorka (18) and religious, self-conscious Marie (13). Marie lives in the shadow of Viktorka, whom she loves, admires and yet is envious about her beauty and independence.
    Shortly before her wedding with Tonik (25) Viktorka runs away with a Soldier, leaving everything behind and losing her reputation forever. The arranged marriage was convenient for both families therefore it is decided that Tonik would marry Marie instead. She is forced to accept the life her sister abandoned. Marie tries to forgive Viktorka, however, she believes Viktorka sacrificed everything for her own good, including her.
    Five years pass. Marie is unhappily married, Tonik treats her as a child. Marie tries to find joy in helping others not revealing her problems or sorrows to anyone. The villagers take her help for granted. Everything changes when Viktorka returns back. She is insane, stays away from others, does not speak. Marie feels obliged to take care of her despite the shame she brought and is still bringing upon her family.
    The accumulated tension explodes when Marie finds out Viktorka gave birth to a child, which means someone from the village must have raped her. Desperate Marie accuses Toník. She pities herself while the life of her sister´s child is in danger. Finally, Marie decides to take care of the child, against everyone´s will, even her sisters who loves her child deeply and does not understand why Marie “stole” it from her. Marie loses Viktorka forever.
    Marie finds new strength in this gained maternity. She has a purpose in life, something to fight for. Even Tonik starts to respect her and they start to get closer.

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    Kristina Majova (Duffkova)

    Kristina holds degrees from screenwriting and production – both at FAMU. Her scripts were awarded by the Czech Film Foundation in 2012 (Little Brat) and 2016 (A good Wife). Together with Andrea Jarosova, she wrote a feature comedy Martin and Venus (2013), which had more than 100000 viewers in cinemas and an audioplay The Darkness Therapy (2016), which won the Prix Bohemia organized by the Czech Radio.

    She also worked as a storyliner for a popular TV series The Street (2012), was a head writer for a development of TV dramedy A Good Year (2013) and is a long term collaborator of the Czech Television Film Centre where she works as a script editor.

    As a script editor, Kristina specializes on young authors, such as Heart of the Tower with Peter Budinsky and At the End of a String with Tomas Zahradka.

    She regularly participates in workshops both as a writer (Trieste International Workshop 2015, Midpoint TV Launch 2016) and as a script editor (Training the Trainers 2014).

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    Zuzana Špidlová

    Film director and script-writer, holds a degree in Feature Film Direction from the FAMU Film Academy in Prague  and a Master‘s degree in Law from the Faculty of Law of Charles University. Her graduation film Bába was awarded the first price in the Cinéfondation Selection at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. This movie was showcased at a number of international film festivals and received many more prizes such as Prix Europeén France 2 at the 24th Brest European Short Film Festival.

    In recent years she has been predominantly working on various documentaries. The documentary series Čtyři v tom (Four Buns in the Oven) that she co-directed was extremely well received by both the TV audiance and the media. At the moment she is finalizing a five-part series focused on the lives of mentally-disadvantaged people.

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