Archive of films The Bitch's Diary / Bestiář

Czech Republic / Italy / United Kingdom
2007, 105 min

Section: Czech Films 2006-2007
Year: 2007

This tragicomic story tracing the changes in an unusual relationship between an ambitious student and a mysterious stockbroker, is loosely based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Barbara Nesvadbová.


The heroine of this tragicomic story, at home in various exclusive domestic and foreign environments, is the ambitious student Karolína, who embarks upon a love affair with the mysterious stockbroker Alex. Their relationship is full of uncertainties and, for Karolína, is distressing and humiliating. In an attempt to extricate herself from her emotional dependence on her egocentric idol, she throws herself into other casual affairs, during which she tries to alter her behaviour towards men and set the tempo in these new liaisons herself. Her adventurous quest to find true life values, and to discover herself, leads her to take a series of ill-advised steps. The screenplay for this audience-friendly comedy by talented Irena Pavlásková was written in association with successful writer Barbara Nesvadbová.


About the director

Irena Pavlásková (b. 1960, Frýdek-Místek) studied documentary film at FAMU (1985). She graduated with the short film A Soap-Bubble World (Svět mýdlových bublinek) about the lifestyle of the disco kids of the 1980s. In 1989 she wrote and directed her successful debut, the psychological drama Time of the Servants (awarded at prestigious festivals). A disillusioning picture of society viewed through a string of extreme, intimate relationships is presented with equal conviction in her subsequent films as well, Corpus delicti (1991), A Time of Debts (1998) and the bitter-sweet romantic comedy The Bitch’s Diary (2007), based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Barbara Nesvadbová. She also offered her original vision of the world in her television work (the series GEN, GENUS, V. I. P., How They Live…, Travel Mania). She established her own production company Eydelle Film in 1997.


Starlite Pictures
Komunardů 30, 170 00, Praha 7
Czech Republic
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Simply Cinema, s.r.o.
Kříženeckého nám. 322 / 5, 152 00, Praha 5
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 267 073 518
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Magic Box - division Bioscop
Na Klikovce 7, 140 00, Praha 4
Czech Republic
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About the film

Color, 35 mm
International premiere

Section: Czech Films 2006-2007
Director: Irena Pavlásková
Screenplay: Irena Pavlásková, Barbara Nesvadbová
Dir. of Photography: F. A. Brabec
Music: Jiří Chlumecký
Editor: Alois Fišárek
Producer: Petr Keller, Jaroslav Nietsch, Jiří Jurtin
Production: Starlite Productions
Cast: Danica Jurčová, Karel Roden, Marek Vašut, Tomáš Matonoha, Miroslav Etzler, Kryštof Hádek
Contact: Starlite Pictures, Simply Cinema, s.r.o., Magic Box - division Bioscop
Distributor: Magic Box - division Bioscop


Irena Pavlásková

Film Director

Petr Keller


Irena Prokopová


Robert Schaffer


Danica Jurčová


Jaroslav Nietsch

Producer, Producer


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