A Sensitive Man
Elias(12) and his family are coming to Czechia to settle down after years of nomadic lifestyle. Instead of an idyllic return, they find Mom’s old dad dying hatefully in his dirty flat. Mom collapses exhausted and Dad takes her to the hospital. The old man dies overnight and when Dad returns, there is police already taking Elias and his brother away.
The wild odyssey of Elias, Dad, and little brother, all three in women’s disguise, begins here. On their way, trying to get back to the hospital, they meet locals into whose dark life stories they are always unplannely drawn. Elias doesn’t speak and copes with overall cynicism through imaginations, but he slowly realizes his dad’s lost ideals long ago.
Upon meeting the enchanting Svetlana, a local woman attempting to escape from her abusive lovers and start a family, Boy rebels, deserting Father. But Father redeems himself by freeing Svetlana from her pursuers. In Boy’s eyes, Father has become a sensitive man again and they are ready to be reunited with Mother.
After finishing the Mathematical high school he began to study directing at the Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. His student films have been screened worldwide and his short film Retriever was presented in the Cinéfondation section of the Cannes Film Festival. He worked as the second director on The Wolf from the Royal Vineyard Street film, which he later finished after the legendary author Jan Němecpassed away. The film was awarded with the Special Jury Award in the main competition of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and presented at the Rotterdam Film Festival. He also participated as DOP at film FREM by Viera Cakanyova premiered at Berlinale Forum 2020. At the moment he is preparing his debut – an adaptation of the Czech State Literature Prize awarded book A Sensitive Man.
As a student of the Production Department at FAMU she has produced several student films as well as cultural events (permanent exhibition at the Museum of Photography and Modern Visual Media, etc.) Among the most successful student productions is the short film The Collision by Šimon Štefanides nominated for BAFTA Awards 2017 and Czech Student Lion Award 2017, which was also screened at several international festivals (Bejing Film Academy, Pula IFF, etc.). She also regularly works with the documentarist Francesco Montagner, whose film In the Name of Allah she is now developing together with Nutprodukce company. Still during her studies, she started functioning as a Junior Producer in the film company Xova Film s.r.o. where she has gained experiences with feature documentary films’ development process. Both as a producer and author she was selected with her projects for international workshops such as Midpoint Script Development Lab, EURODOC, or Ex Oriente Film.
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