MINISTRY OF LOVE
|Title||MASARYK/ A PROMINENT PATIENT|
|Year of production||2016|
|Scriptwriter||Petr Kolecko, Julius Sevcík, Alex Königsmark|
|Creative Advisors||Sandy Lieberson, David Aukin|
|Head od Studies||Tom Abrams|
|K Kieslowski ScripTeast Award/Special mention||–|
|Producers/co-producers/ funding /||In Film Praha, Czech Television, Radio and Television Slovakia, ZDF/Arte, MagicLab
The Czech Republic State Fund for Support and Development of Cinematography
|Sales agent||Beta Cinema|
|Distributor||Bioscop, Garfield Film|
|Trailer||critic.de – Trailer (Flash/MP4) (Czech)
moviepilot.de – Trailer (Flash)
|Festivals/ awards/ cinema results||· Czech Lion Awards 2017: Best Film – Julius Ševčík, Rudolf Biermann, Best Screenplay – Petr Kolečko, Julius Ševčík, Alex Koenigsmark, Best Director – Julius Ševčík, Best Sound – Pavel Rejholec, Viktor Ekrt, Best Film Editing – Marek Opatrný, Best Cinematography – Martin Štrba, Best Stage Design – Milan Býček, Best Costume Design – Katarina Bieliková, Best Actor in Leading Role – Karel Roden, Best Makeup and Hairstyling – Lukáš Král, Best Music – Michał Lorenc, Kryštof Marek, Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Oldřich Kaiser
· Premiered at Berlinale 2017 – Berlinale Special
· Sun in a Net Awards, Slovakia 2016: Best Editing, Best Make-up, Best Stage Design, Best Costumes, Best Actor in Supporting Role, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Sound
|Synopsis||Story of a madman who tried to prevent World War II.
Winter 1939. Flamboyant Czech diplomat Jan Masaryk has fled to America to escape his recent past. Germany has invaded Czechoslovakia and Masaryk is now a man without a nation. In America, he tries to forget the personal and political betrayals he and his country have suffered – but these events shadow his every step. Having served as the Czechoslovak ambassador in London, Masaryk had failed to win the support of the British and could not avert the ruination of his country. With the help of Dr. Stein, a German immigrant and psychiatrist, and the beautiful writer Marcia Davenport, Masaryk tries to overcome his demons and relives the dramatic events leading up to the outbreak of the Second World War.
|Link to the project – archive||http://scripteast.pl/masaryk/|
It is 1939. Flamboyant Czech diplomat Jan Masaryk flees to America following the German invasion of Czechoslovakia. His nerves are shattered and he buries himself in a mental hospital, struggling with the will to survive. Under the care of Dr. Stein, a psychiatrist and German emigré, Masaryk re-lives the diplomatic battles leading to the outbreak of the second World War and tries to overcome his enemies – inside and out.
Winter 1939. Jan Masaryk, the former Czechoslovak ambassador in London, is taken to a sanatorium in New Jersey after being arrested for breaking into a stranger’s house in an unstable state of mind. This is not his first visit to the sanatorium: as a young manhe had been diagnosed here with a mild form of schizophrenia. This time, though, the wound is emotional: he is suffering from the betrayal of his country and himself by the governments of Britain and France.
Dark thoughts and memories of the recent past dog Masaryk’s at every step. What’s more, he is plagued by the knowledge that he failed as a diplomat and brought shame to his father’s legacy, the founder and first president of the independent Czechoslovakia. With the help of therapy sessions with psychiatrist Dr. Stein and a developing relationship with beautiful American writer, Marcia Davenport, Masaryk wrestles with the demons of his past. These events come to life in the film’s retrospective storyline.
In 1937, following the annexation of Austria, Hitler steps up his territorial demands on Czechoslovakia. These demands are intended to provoke a pan-European military conflict.During 1938, Masaryk holds sensitive talks with the key political actors of the day to prevent a German invasion. His counterparts include Lord Halifax, Georges Bonnet and Neville Chamberlain. Despite his best efforts, his diplomatic work comes to nothing. With a view to conserving peace in Europe, the European powers sign the Munich Agreement, sacrificing the free Czechoslovakia on the altar of appeasement.
Left standing alone against the might of Germany, the president of Czechoslovakia and Masarykhave to decide whether to lead the nation into a hopeless war or submit to the Munich diktat. In the end, pragmatic PresidentBenes opts to capitulate. Masaryk opposes this decision and falls out badly with him. While Benes goes into exile in England, Masaryk tries to escape his conscience by going to the USA, where he ends up in Dr. Stein’s sanatorium.
Not until 1940, when war engulfs the whole of Europe, does Masaryk’s state of mind start to improve. Stein, now as much a friend as a doctor, persuades Masaryk to accept President Benes’s offer to be the minister of foreign affairs in the Czechoslovak government in exile. This means, however, that Masaryk will have to return to London, a city he has come to hate. After a final confrontation with Benes and with the support of Marcia, Masaryk finally finds the strength to return to Europe and fight on for the independence of Czechoslovakia.
July 06, 2016
He was born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1967, graduating Dramaturgy at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. His first dramatic works appear in the early nineties. His theatre plays, performed in Croatia and abroad, have garnered numerous awards (5 times «Marin Držić Award» winner). He has worked for the Drama Department of the Croatian Television from 1996 to 2005, supervising scriptwriting on some twenty long and medium-length features, and several miniseries.
In 2006 together with Dražen Žarković, he co-directed the film «Trešeta»/ (Tressette – a Story of an Island») which had international premiere at 55th International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg. Marinković was also the script writer. The film won 6 international and 2 domestic awards and has been screened on more then 30 international festivals.
In 2009 Marinković has written and directed a feature “Ljubavni život domobrana“ (“Love Life of a Gentle Coward“) as an independent project for the producer Alka film. This is the first feature he directed alone. It was premierly shown on Pula Film Festival where it won 3 Golden Arenas (Best main actress, Best editing, Best production design). It was also shown on lot of international festivals.
He recently finished a feature documentary “Occupation, the 27th Picture“ – the Czech-Croatian international coproduction. World Premiere was on International Film Festival Karlovy Vary in June 2013 and it was the opening film of Documentary Program on Sarajevo FF.
Pavo Marinković is currently living in Bucharest, Vienna and Zagreb.
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