About the film
SOMETHING LIKE HAPPINESS is about the search for love, and the mysteries of change that love causes in us. The fight for life, for ourselves, and for others.
The basic casting was clear to me even before I wrote the script. For me this film is very personal, and it is equally personal for those starring in the main roles. We wanted to make a film about what we actually live. Actors interest me as living beings who reflect their characters in a way integral to the perception of the film. It is impossible to portray a character other than from within.
We were seeking a style in which the camera allowed the viewer to witness living unrepeatable moments, to be as close as possible to the actors themselves, and to be in intimate rapport with them. In order to enable the actors to express the fragility of their characters’ worlds, through themselves, through their entire emotional potential.
The story takes place in the north of the Czech Republic, a region known for its factories, electrical cables and concrete viaducts. A modern desert, one of the negative products of human progress, destroyed by coalmines and acid rain. Yet, at the same time, this region is a place for people to live in: they live their life in this everyday hardship and don’t even notice it…