On Czech Centre London’s Vimeo (UK only):
10am 21 November – 10am 24 November 2020
£6.99; pre-order available now:
The brilliant, self-taught Czech healer Jan Mikolášek who cured millions with herbal medicine is threatened by the Communist authorities in this Agnieszka Holland’s biopic, Oscar Nominee 2021.
Dir. Agnieszka Holland, CZ / Ireland / Poland / Slovakia 2020, 118 min, English subtitles
Cast: Ivan Trojan, Josef Trojan, Juraj Loj, Jaroslava Pokorná and Martin Myšička
‘Agnieszka Holland once again proves she is the real deal with this austere biopic of a faith healer in 1930s Czechoslovakia’
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
The film is inspired by the true story of herbalist and faith healer Jan Mikolášek, who dedicated his life to caring for the sick in spite of the immense obstacles he faced in his private and public life. Born at the turn of the 20th century, Mikolášek wins fame and fortune using unorthodox treatment methods to cure a wide range of diseases. Already a local institution in Czechoslovakia before WWII, the healer gains in reputation and wealth both during the Nazi occupation and under Communist rule. One after another, every regime will want to use his skills and in return gives him protection. But how high will the costs of maintaining this status be as the tide turns? An impressive period piece as well as a thrilling drama about an exceptional man plagued by his own demons with the lead role brilliantly played by both Ivan Trojan and his son Josef.
Premiered at Berlinale 2020 Special Gala and nominated for the Best International Fiction Film at the 2021 Academy Awards.
Available to rent on Czech Centre VOD (UK only) for £6.99 from 10:00 on Sat 21 Nov 2020 GMT till 10:00 on Tue 24 Nov 2020 GMT. PRE-ORDER NOW
Screened in partnership with 18th Kinoteka Polish Film Festival – a celebration of Polish cinema in London and online.
Part of Made in Prague 2020 ON/OFF