SANTINI’S ENIGMA / Santiniho Jazyk

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A mysterious thriller, made by Jiri Strach, set amongst visually compelling and beautiful Czech towns and picturesque nature. Based on a brilliant mystery-detective novel by Martin Urban, the audience is treated to an exhilarating blend of relentless adventure, scholarly intrigue, and cutting wit.

The story begins when an unsatisfied employee of an advertising agency, Martin Urmann, is given an impossible job in order to find a legal excuse to fire him. Martin accepts the task. However, it is more a gesture of defiance rather than a serious attempt to save his position.

While working on that case he discovers a series of cryptic messages inscribed by the architect Santini into his structures and sets out to decipher them. His way is lined with mysterious murders which are obviously connected with his search.

The fascinating power of the world into which he is gradually descending makes it impossible for him to give up his intention. He has to reach the end, where he anticipates a revelation which will totally change his entrenched view of the world.

Santini’s Enigma heralds the arrival of a new breed of intelligent thriller that is surprising at every twist, absorbing, and in the end, utterly unpredictable, right up to the films astonishing ending.

Czech Republic

2011, 90 min.
Category: Drama – Thriller – Mystery
Rating: 15 +

BACKLOT STUDIOS | 22 OCT 2017 | 4:00 PM


About the director

Jirí Strach Picture

Jiří Strach was born on September 29, 1973, in Prague, in former Czechoslovakia. Jiri is a prolific Czech actor, director, and a FAMU graduate, who started starring in movies in his childhood and since then he played dozens of roles. Jiri Strach has played dozens of roles in films of various genres and he runs his production company based on eclectic genres, such as video clips, documentaries, family films, dramas and TV series.
However, he was always more a director than an actor. He was working in the Czech Television for couple years but it was a Christmas fairy tale ‘Angel of the Lord’ (the all the time favorite fairy tale) that brought
him into a spotlight in 2005. Angel of the Lord became the most viewed TV film for 2006.Other well-known films are for example:
– ‘Eights’ – describing a story of an ordinary man that has an unordinary day after he accidentally signs the Charter 77. A thrilling film that won the Best European TV Drama at PIX Europa 2014 in Berlin.- ‘Santini’s Enigma – a mysterious thriller, set amongst visually compelling and beautiful Czech towns and picturesque nature.- ‘Angel of the Lord 2’ that became even more popular than the original piece and was rewarded as the most viewed film in Czech cinemas for 2016.

– Operation Silver A is a drama from the 2nd world war. It is a story about love, bravery, and personal failings. The relationships between main characters – three parachutists, two women and their families and close friends – are equally as complicated and tense as the political situation in The Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia.

The Czech and Slovak Film Festival will be graced by the presence of the film-maker himself on Friday the 20th October and after the screening of the Angel of the Lord 2. We are happy to announce that we are planning to organize a debate/after-party with Jiri Strach, so there will be a space dedicated to your curious questions.
It starts right after the screening of Angel of the Lord2 / Eights at approx 8:30 pm at St Johns Lutheran Church Center, 16 Aberdeen Street, Perth. The informal meeting will be held in a cozy atmosphere over a glass of something good and you will be able to ask the film-maker even the craziest questions you can think of.

About the film

Director: Jiří Strach

Writer: Tomáš Kočínský

Cast: David Švehlík, Marek Taclík, Viktor Preiss, Martin Stropnický, Petra Molnárová, Lucia Molnárová, Zuzana Kajnarová, Stanislav Fišer, Monika Timková, Michal Pavlata, Robert Jašków, Hynek Čermák, Berenika Kohoutová, Martin Hub, Jiří Strachand others