ANTHROPOID / Anthropoid

ANTHROPOID / Anthropoid

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ANTHROPOID is based on the extraordinary true story of “Operation Anthropoid,” the code name for the Czechoslovakian operatives’ mission to assassinate SS officer Reinhard Heydrich.

Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution, was the Reich’s third in command behind Hitler and Himmler and the leader of Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia. The film follows two soldiers from the Czechoslovakian army-in-exile, Josef Gabčík (Cillian Murphy) and Jan Kubiš (Jamie Dornan), who are parachuted into their occupied homeland in December 1941.

With limited intelligence and little equipment in a city under lock down, they must find a way to assassinate Heydrich, an operation that would change the face of Europe forever.

Czech Republic, United Kingdom, France

2016, 120 min.
Category: Biography – History – Thriller
Age: over 15


About the director

Sean Ellis Picture

Sean Ellis was born in 1970 in Brighton, Sussex, England. He is a writer and director, known for Cashback (2006), Metro Manila (2013) and Anthropoid (2016).

About the film

Director: Sean Ellis Cast

Cast: Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy, Brian Caspe, Karel Hermánek Jr., Sára Arnsteinová and others

Press kit


  • Winner of 12 Czech Lion Film awards including Best Director and Best Picture
  • Winner of 8 sun in the Net Slovakia Film Award including best actor
  • Selected for the “Berlinale Special” in 2017
  • Czech box office top 5 for 7 consecutive weeks