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Old-Timers

DirectorMartin Dusek, Ondrej Provaznik
ProducerJiri Konecny – Endorfilm; Sentimentalfilm, Ceska televize
WriterMartin Dusek, Ondrej Provaznik
CameraLukas Milota
EditorJana Vlckova
CastJiri Schmitzer, Ladislav Mrkvicka, Dusan Kapralik, Milena Steinmasslova
Original TitleSTARICI
Year2019
Length85 min
CountryCzech Republic / Slovakia
SubtitlesEnglish
SectionCURRENT RELEVANT CINEMA

A powerful road movie following two elderly men, former members of the anti-Communist resistance in Czechoslovakia in the 1950s, in what seems to be their last and most important mission. A tragedy-comedy loosely based on real events, with extraordinary performances by Jiri Schmitzer and Ladislav Mrkvicka.
The film will be introduced by Hana Schenkova, director of Tsjechisch Centrum Nederland.

Synopsis

The tragic Communist past of Eastern Europe slowly fades away from the public discourse and is becoming rather historical information for the younger generations. But many of those who suffered for decades because of it, its victims, feel that there’s still a lot of justice to be done. Such is the case of army vet and ex-political prisoner, colonel Vlasta Reiner, nowadays a man in his 80s, with a fragile body trapped in a wheelchair, but with a sharp mind and an extremely strong will. He reconnects in Prague with his old buddy, octogenarian Tonda, and they set out on the road to track and kill the Communist prosecutor who imprisoned and tortured them, yet was recently cleared of any crimes by the judicial system. As Vlasta puts it: “you can’t just piss all over the truth”. And for that truth, they are willing to overcome any obstacles, at all costs.