Archive of films Bolero / Bolero

Czech Republic
2004, 100 min

Section: Czech Films 2003-2004
Year: 2004

This criminal film with a psychological background, freely inspired by the real murder of a female medical student, appeals to the renaissance of conscience, compassion and humaneness.


A psychological criminal film set in contemporary Prague, freely inspired by a real event in the 1980s. A handful of young men belonging to the “golden youth” amuse themselves by abducting girls whom they force to have group sex. They rely on the victims being too scared to say anything. They assume the same when they carry medical student Marika off to a cottage and rape her. But she doesn’t intend to keep quiet about her humiliation, and when she threatens to denounce them, they have to kill her. The chief perpetrators of the crime intimidate the witnesses; they stop going around together and completely change their identity. It is some years before the police get on to the right track; the main culprits have married, started families and become respectable citizens. Their parents therefore do everything possible for their guilt not to come out – with utter cynicism and no regard to the victims, motivated only by a desire to save their reputations.
The director and cameraman F.A. Brabec builds the atmosphere of the story by tense but sensitive camera work with effectively composed pictures (the leitmotiv of dance scenes, dramatic retro-scenes). The dramatic quality is underlined by the powerfully emotional music of Jan Jirásek. The film deals with many topical themes, from cynicism and corruption to the complexity of interpersonal relationships, and makes an appeal to the renaissance of conscience, compassion and humaneness.

About the director

F. A. Brabec (1954, Prague) is a graduate of Prague’s Film Academy (FAMU, 1975-81). He worked for ten years at Barrandov Studios, gradually working his way up to independent cameraman. He made his debut as independent cameraman with Time of the Servants (1989). His work with director Jan Svěrák was especially important: Elementary School (1992), Accumulator 1 (1994) and The Ride (1994 – Czech Lion for Best Camera Work). He made his debut as a director with a transcription of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu roi (Czech Lions for Best Camera, Visual Concept and Music). He won more Czech Lions for his unconventional adaptation of Erben’s collection of poetry Wild Flowers (himself for camera, others for music, sound and poster). He returned to the stylised interpretation of a classic text with his experimental Rat Catcher, which was filmed in twenty-four hours during New Year’s Eve 2002 and New Year’s Day 2003 in the historic centre of Prague. As well as feature films he has made a number of commercials and music videos ("Ave Maria" for Lucie Bílá, for example, won a Czech Grammy Award in 1996). The criminal film Bolero is his latest film.


Diamant films s. r. o.
Kříženeckého nám. 322, 152 00, Praha 5
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 272 701 383
Fax: +420 222 135 514
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Česká televize
Kavčí Hory, 140 70, Praha 4
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 261 131 111
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Bontonfilm, a.s.
Na Poříčí 1047/26, 110 00, Praha 1
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 257 415 111
Fax: +420 257 415 113
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Czech Television - Telexport
Kavčí hory, 140 70, Praha 4
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 261 137 051
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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Czech Films 2003-2004
Director: F.A. Brabec
Screenplay: Markéta Zinnerová
Dir. of Photography: F. A. Brabec
Music: Jan Jirásek
Editor: Boris Machytka
Producer: Ivo Pavelek
Production: Diamant Film Praha s. r. o., koprodukce / co-production: Česká televize/Czech Television
Cast: Jiří Bartoška, Martin Stropnický, Jana Štefánková, Barbora Seidlová, Jan Potměšil, David Kraus
Contact: Diamant films s. r. o., Česká televize, Bontonfilm, a.s., Czech Television - Telexport


F.A. Brabec

Film Director

Ivo Pavelek

Barbora Seidlová



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