Welcome to an ordinary small town in the Czech Republic, a town that changes once every year beyond recognition when it hosts a large-scale Christian pilgrimage feast. Everyone wants to see with their own eyes the miracle-working image of the Virgin Mary, said to have once shed tears of blood, and which to this day is believed to heal childless women. Anything is possible during the whirlwind while the festivities are in progress.
Eliška (15) is a rebellious and angry fifteen-year-old girl. Yet she is convinced that she is exceptional, especially because she can hear the „voice of God“ and she can speak with him. We closely follow seven days of Eliška during this catholic celebration, as well as the rest of her family, her six-year-old younger sister, her mother, her grandmother and her grand grandmother, for who’s 100s birthday celebration all the women of the family gathered in the small town. Somehow, strangely, all the 5 women are called Eliška and could easily also be just the five stages of the same woman’s life.
Eliška falls in love for the first time and loses her virginity to one of the priest’s altar boys – and, at this moment, loses the voice of God, while her six -years -old little sister begins to hear it. Her mother (37), reflects on her marriage through a romantic episode with the priest (37), while the grandmother (66) tries to forget her beloved husband by trying to get on the list for borrowing the holy picture of the Virgin Marry. And thus, while the Virginis Marry sheds her tears and makes miracles happen, all the women of the family look for their place in this world created by men, in which the men have lost any potency to move on the plot anymore.
Born in 1993 in Prague. Between 2012 and 2016 she studied architecture and urbanism at the TUL in Liberec and for four months was working as an intern in London architecture studio Atmos. In 2014 she started studying at FAMU (dramaturgy and scriptwriting) where she will complete her master’s degree this year.
Her script “Furious Beauty” won the prize for young writers at KVIIFF in 2019 (http://www.filmovanadace.cz/). She became a winner in the best-unrealized script category at FAMU competition twice (Famufest) with scripts “Furious Beauty” (2018) and “Ultraspeed-Oversweet” (2017).
During her studies at FAMU, she directed a couple of short movies. And in 2017 she founded Film-acting classes for children in Prague, where she still works as a lecturer.
She is also writing radio broadcasts for Czech Radio and occasionally works as a freelance architect.
Currently, she is moving to Berlin to develop script “Furious Beauty” and to prepare the film realization.
Born in the Czech Republic, grew up in different places in Europe. Studied Philosophy and Psychology at the FU Berlin. Later studied film directing at the Filmarche Berlin, FAMU Prague Film School and HFF “Konrad Wolf” Potsdam-Babelsberg. There he made around 15 short films like the ZDF/Kika coproduced documentary “Aleyna – Little Miss Neukölln“, which won numerous awards. 2014 Štěpán graduated from HFF Potsdam-Babelsberg with a thesis on “Unconscious Storytelling as shown in David Lynchs Blue Velvet” and his debut feature film “Schmitke”. “Schmitke” premiered in BUSAN Film Festival and Karlovy Vary Film Festival, was invited to numerous other festivals, winning prizes, including best eastern European debut in Cottbus, best Czech debut in Pilsen, Fipresci Award in Schwerin and best leading actor in Orenburg. His second feature “National Street” was shot in 2018 as a European Coproduction with the participation of ARTE, ZDF, Czech TV, MDM, Czech Film Fund, Eurimage and Media. It opened the Competition of Cottbus Film Festival 2019.
Štěpán is developing his third feature “Furious Beauty”. His fourth film “Runner”`s development is currently supported by Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film and the Czech Film Fund, awaiting approval from the german funding FFA. He works and lives in Berlin and Prague.
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