Synopsis

The girls are fourteen and fifteen years old and have already experienced more than most adults. Truancy, escapes from home, prostitution, drugs, life on the streets and misguided loves, even though they are still children. They have incomplete families and botched up lives. Re-education centres are full of them.

Ela has a child’s face, but her body is very feminine despite her age. The first evening after her mother drives her to the re-education centre, she has to stand on an impromptu stage where she is subjected to the so-called public confession. We learn that she had a thirty-year-old boyfriend Roby who she met regularly and lived with when she ran away from home. Ela loves him, but she is not allowed to contact him. She decides to run away from the centre during the New Year’s Eve disco.

COUNTRY
CZECH REPUBLIC, SLOVAKIA

PRODUCER
JÁN MELIŠ, MARKO ŠKOP, PAVEL STRNAD, PETR OUKROPEC

GENRE
DRAMA

CO-PRODUCER
Artileria, Czech Television, with the support of State Cinematography Fund (CZ), Audiovisual Fund (SK), MKSR (SK) and MEDIA (EU)

RELEASE DATE
3. 10. 2013

SCREENING FORMATS
35 mm, DCP, HD Files

RUNTIME
78 min

Trailer & Photogallery

Cast & Crew

DIRECTOR
Juraj Lehotský

WRITER
Marek Leščák, Juraj Lehotský

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Noro Hudec

EDITOR
Marek Šulík

CAST
Michaela Bendulová, Robert Roth, Venuša Kalejová, Lenka Habrunová, Kika Potočná, Žaneta Polhošová, Sandra Radičová, Dominika Kmeťová, Katarína Feldeková

COSTUME DESIGNER
Erika Gadus

SOUND DESIGNER
Marián Gregorovič, Peter Mazáček

PRODUCTION DESIGNER
Juraj Fábry

About the film

I like to reveal new lives, other lives and I think about their purpose and search for their value. The film was inspired by a girl I once met. She was just a child and her whole world had collapsed around her. The young girl has not yet stopped being a child and she loses everything she loved – whatever was a part of her childhood, discos, childhood dreams and her first love. She is starting to live a life she has not been prepared for… I wanted to see her life as it was… to live her life with her own little secret… in absolute simplicity and mediocrity… I wanted to be close to her….
Juraj Lehotský, 2012