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14 Oct 2020 20:45 - 17 Oct 2020

Shadow Country at BFI London Film Festival 2020

Bohdan Sláma’s striking epic is a unique account of life in a Czech-Austrian border village from the 1930s-1950s, which saw a community sacrificed to political ideology.

Developed over a period of 14 years, Ivan Arsenjev’s screenplay portrays community life through a unique blend of social and individual experiences. Nazi occupation, the expulsion of the Jewish community and post-war revenge on the Germans is rooted in an everyday context as personal relations and marriages suffer the consequences. Shot in his home village, Sláma describes the film as a celebration of female sensibility and sanity. Diviš Marek’s black and white cinematography provides a superb accompaniment to Sláma’s clever direction, with complex long shots that consistently evoke shared experience. Inspired by a case of genocide against the Sudeten Germans, it features compelling performances from Magdaléna Borová as the ‘black widow’ who married a German and Csongor Kassai as the Czech who loses his Jewish wife. Text: Peter Hames

Directed by Bohdan Sláma
Runtime: 135 minutes
Production company LUMINAR Film s.r.o

Produced by Jindřich Motýl, Martin Růžička
Written by Ivan Arsenjev
Featuring Magdaléna Borová, Stanislav Majer, Csongor Kassai

Available on BFI Player from from 20:45 BST Wednesday 14 October 2020 until 20:45 BST Saturday 17 October 2020







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From: 14 Oct 2020 20:45
To: 17 Oct 2020



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