Synopsis

It is the end of summer, 1989. Alois Nebel works as a train dispatcher at a small railway station in the Sudetenland, a mountainous region on the Czechoslovak border. He is a loner who prefers old timetables to people, and he finds the loneliness of the station tranquil – except when the fog rolls in. Then he hallucinates, seeing ghosts and shadows from the dark past of this region where after WWII harsh revenge was exacted on the German population. Alois cannot get rid of these nightmares and he eventually ends up in a sanatorium. There he gets to know The Mute, a mysterious man carrying an old photograph who was arrested by the police after crossing the border.

Alois gets better and leaves the sanatorium. He decides to go to the Prague railway headquarters to seek help. There he finds the love of his life, Květa the toilet custodian, and returns to the mountains to meet The Mute and fight the ghosts which have been haunting him for so long.

COUNTRY
Czech Republic, Germany

GENRE
ANIMATED, DRAMA

CO-PRODUCER
PALLAS FILM, TOBOGANG, ČESKÁ TELEVIZE, with the support of State Cinematography Fund (CZ), UPP, SOUNDSQUARE

RELEASE DATE
29.9. 2011

SCREENING FORMATS
DCP, BLU-RAY, HD FILES

RUNTIME
87 min

Trailer & Photogallery

Cast & Crew

DIRECTOR
TOMÁŠ LUŇÁK

WRITER
JAROSLAV RUDIŠ, JAROMÍR 99, PODLE KOMIKSOVÉ TRILOGIE „ALOIS NEBEL“

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
JAN BASET STŘÍTEŽSKÝ

EDITOR
PETR ŘÍHA

ART DESIGNER
JAROMÍR 99

CAST
MIROSLAV KROBOT, MARIE LUDVÍKOVÁ, KAREL RODEN, LEOŠ NOHA, ALOIS ŠVEHLÍK, DAVID ŠVEHLÍK, TEREZA VOŘÍŠKOVÁ, MAREK DANIEL, KLÁRA MELÍŠKOVÁ

MUSIC
PETR KRUŽÍK, ONDŘEJ JEŽEK

SOUND DESIGNER
VIKTOR EKRT, ONDŘEJ JEŽEK

PRODUCTION DESIGNER
HENRICH BORÁROS

About the film

The German word „Nebel“ means „Fog“ in Czech. If read backwards we find a totally different German word, „Leben“ – „Life“. And it is a life hidden in a fog of feelings and memories that is exactly what makes up our trilogy of graphic novels, „Alois Nebel“.
„Alois Nebel“ came to be in the year 2003, when the first book of the graphic novel, „Bily Potok“, came out. Two more followed, „Central Station“ (2004) and „Zlate Hory“ (2005). In 2006, the three titles were collected in one volume named after the protagonist. It is from this collection that the story that forms the basis of the screenplay emerged.
The graphic novel “Alois Nebel” is drawn in a raw, sharp, edgy black-and-white style which sums up the uneasy atmosphere of the time and place. In adopting this approach, Artist Jaromir 99 was inspired by American comics of the 1950s, socialist realism and motifs from traditional paper cutouts which remain a typical form of folk art in the Jesenik mountain area.
Ultimately, rotoscoping technology comes nearest to our conception of how best to adapt the graphic novel “Alois Nebel ” into a film that remains true to the source material’s form. We will be able to conserve the primary design of the books and, simultaneously, enrich it through the subtleties that live human acting always brings.
“Alois Nebel” is a film about wandering about, finding one’s way and repeatedly getting lost in the fog of history, about looking for peace and love no matter how late in life one may be.

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