Genre: Drama

Art: Spielfilm

Länge: 100 Minuten

Regie: Andrea Sedlackova

Produktion: Negativ Film (CZ)

Koproduktion: Departures Film (DE), Arina Film (SK)

Premiere: Karlovy Vary

Synopsis
Set in Czechoslovakia in the 1980, young and talented sprinter Anna (Judit Bárdos) is selected for the national team and starts training to qualify for the Olympic Games. As a part of the preparation she is placed in a secret „medical programme“ where they begin dopeing her with anabolic steroids. Her performance improves, but after she collapses at training, she learns the truth. Anna decides to continue training without the steroids even though her mother (Anna Geislerova) is worried that she won’t be able to keep up with other athletes and might not qualify for the Olympics, which she sees as the only chance for her daughter to escape from behind the Iron Curtain. After Anna ends last in the indoor race, her mother informs the coach (Roman Luknar) that Anna is no longer using steroids. Together they decide to inject steroids to Anna in secret, pretending it’s nothing but harmless vitamins.

Festivals and Awards
49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (July 4/12, 2014) Official Competition
19th BUSAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – SOUTH KOREA – 02/11 Oct. 2014
58th LONDON BFI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – UK – 08/19 Oct. 2014
50th CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – USA – 09/23 Oct. 2014
CZECH FILM FESTIVAL IN LONDON – UK – 02 Nov. 2014
25th STOCKHOLM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – Sweden – 05/16 Nov. 2014
15th ARRAS FILM FESTIVAL – France – 07/16 Nov. 2014
25th LJUBLJANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – SLOVENIA – 12/23 Nov. 2014
18th TALLINN BLACK NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL – ESTONIA – 14/30 Nov. 2014
WINDOWS ON EUROPE – AUSTRALIA (SYDNEY + CAMBERRA) 17/23 Nov. + 24/30 Nov. 2014
PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – USA – 02/12 Jan. 2015

Czech Republic’s Foreign Language Oscar Entry 2014