Charlatan / Šarlatán


A drama based on the true story of a Czech healer Jan Mikolášek who dedicated his life to treating the sick using medicinal plants. Throughout the war and turmoil of the 20th century he had to choose between his calling and his conscience while covering up the grimmest of secrets.

Jan Mikolášek won his fame and fortune using unorthodox diagnostic methods, such as “urinary diagnosis” and even more unusual ways of treatment which included plant-based medicaments or change of lifestyle and diet. He healed not only the wide public but also many prominent personalities, including politicians from Nazi and Communist eras. But his passion for healing grew from the same source as a lust for cruelty, sadism, and an incapacity for love that only one person could ever quell – his assistant, František.

Charlatan tells the story of Mikolášek’s rise and fall and as well as his constant fight with the darkness inside him. It is the story of the mystery of a man, of the secret of his special gift, of the price he was ready to pay for it; the story of the paradox of strength and weakness, of love and hate.

Marek Epstein, the screenwriter, wrote the one of only a few true stories where the thin line between good and evil is so precariously delicate while desperately questioning what else to sacrifice for unrelentingly following one’s passion and calling. Directed by awarded director Agnieszka Holland, this film is definitely not one to be missed!

About the Director

Czech Republic / Ireland / Poland / Slovakia

2020, 118 min

Category: Drama — Biography

Luna Leederville

Perth |  Thursday | 19 NOV | 6:30 PM

Rating: 15+


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About the Film


Agnieszka Holland


Marek Epstein


Ivan Trojan, Josef Trojan, Juraj Loj, Daniela Voráčková, Melika Yildizová, Jaroslava Pokorná, Jiří Černý, Miroslav Hanuš, Tomáš Jeřábek, Martin Myšička, František Trojan, Václav Kopta, Jan Budař, Martin Sitta, Jan Vlasák