Karel Roden plays the reluctant diplomat and unwilling Czech hero Jan Masaryk, as the politics of appeasement catapults Europe into WWII.
For those who wonder how Adolf Hitler occupied Czechoslovakia practically without shooting, ‘A Prominent Patient’ offers a look at the politics of appeasement in Europe’s darkest hour. The story of the diplomat Jan Masaryk, son of the first president of Czechoslovakia and a self-professed bon vivant and madman, is whittled down to crucial years before the Nazi invasion of his country as he shuttles between London, Prague and the Vineland psychiatric hospital in New Jersey.
At Vineland, where he is called ‘Your Excellency’ even while pilfering cocaine from the dispensary, the clinically depressed Masaryk grandly locks horns with a German psychiatrist in exile, a fictional character inserted to make us understand that his trauma is not personal but stems from the political betrayal by the big players like Britain and France. As one of the latest Czech and Slovak internationally awarded films, winning not only twelve Czech Lions, but also a prize at Berlinale, ‘A Prominent Patient’ is a not-to-be-missed masterpiece that will be screened at the Closing Night at the Czech and Slovak Film Festival, followed by an After Party with a DJ, drinks and nibbles.
About the director
Julius Ševčík (Born 1978 in Prague, Czechoslovakia now Czech Republic) Julius has studied at New York film academy and the Directing Department of FAMU – University of the film in Prague, receiving a Masters degree in 2006. Over the years, he shot numerous short films, a graduation feature film Restart, and a debut co-production feature Normal – the Dusseldorf ripper. His movies have been acclaimed or awarded at film festivals in New York, Clearmont Ferrand, Mannheim Heidelberg, Taipei or Moscow. In 2009 Julius received the Best Director award at Shanghai int.film festival for Normal – the Dusseldorf ripper.
About the film
Director: Julius Ševčík
Cast: Karel Roden, Hanns Zischler,
Arly Jover, Dermot Crowley, Milton Welsch, Gina Bramhill, Eva Herzigova and others