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May 12, 2015 7:00 PM


Talented young sprinter Anna (Judit Bárdos) starts training to qualify for the Olympic Games. The movie offers a sneak peak at the upcoming festival of contemporary cinema Czech That Film.

Dir. Andrea Sedlackova, 2014, 100 min.

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Anna learns that she is expected to partake in a secret doping program designed to boost her competition.  She refuses but is put under pressure by her coach who, in turn, is under pressure from the highest echelons of the Communist regime, to implement the program. Anna follows her body and her moral compass, which puts her on a direct collision course with the authorities. Her mother (Anna Geislerová), an ex-athlete herself, wants the best for her child, but like Anna is caught in a web of intrigue and lies created by the oppressive regime they live under. Sedláčková uses a sports story to explore the heavy toll exacted on brave individuals who aspired to preserve their dignity and principles under totalitarianism.

 “…. A gripping tale of grace under pressure, crisply shot and handsomely packaged.” Hollywood Reporter

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 Andrea Sedláčková is a Czech film director, editor and screenwriter. She won the prestigious Czech Lion Award for Best Director for the movie Fair Play. She has made 8 feature films and several documentaries, most recently Life According to Václav Havel about the Czech dissident-cum-president, that includes previously unseen footage. Sedláčková graduated from Prague’s renowned film academy (FAMU). She defected to France in 1989, and in an ironic twist of fate, received political asylum on November 17th, 1989, the date that marks the beginning of the Velvet Revolution.  She divides her time between Paris and Prague.


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