Archive of films Unknown Hour / Hodinu nevíš

Czech Republic / Slovak Republic
2009, 95 min

Section: Czech Films 2009-2010
Year: 2010

No-one in the local hospital suspects that the outwardly devoted, intelligent orderly Hynek Michánek has become addicted to the power he has over human lives and is secretly doing away with the patients.... In this, his third feature film, director Dan Svátek was inspired by the case of the "heparin murderer”. He thus returns to stories inspired by real events, as represented by his successful drama The Damned (2002).


Hynek Michánek wants to study medicine but fails his entrance exams five times. He starts a job as an orderly in a district hospital where one of the doctors on the examining board works as well. He feels no-one takes him seriously and he loathes the doctors, who treat him with disdain. When an old man begs him to end his pain and suffering by helping him to die, Hynek gives him a "liberating” injection. But now he has done it once, he finds he can’t stop. He continues killing other patients, even though he knows he can’t get away with it for long.... The story of a devoted, intelligent young man who wants to help people but is blinded by the power he has over human lives was inspired by the actual case of the "heparin murderer”, Petr Zelenka. In this, his third feature film, director Dan Svátek returns to stories inspired by real events, as represented by his successful drama The Damned (2002). He wrote the screenplay together with psychiatrist Miroslav Skačáni, based on the latter’s book Killing Out of Envy (Vraždy ze závisti).

About the director

Dan Svátek (b. 1975, Dačice, CR) graduated from Zlín’s Film School (VOŠF) with the award-winning TV film Owl River (Soví řeka, 1997). He was involved as a trainee in the filming of Brian De Palma’s action thriller Mission: Impossible. He contributed the segment "Twilight of Hope” ("Zatmění nadějí”) to the collection of film stories Beginning of the World (Začátek světa, 2000). He also published a book version of his feature debut, the drama The Damned (Zatracení, 2002, selected for competition at the Moscow IFF), inspired by the true story of Czech heroin smugglers. He has also filmed a fictional documentary about a Buddhist sect, Return of the Earth’s Balance (Návrat zemské rovnováhy, 2002), the documentary Thai Prisoners (Thajští vězni, 2003) and a feature made in English, Close to Heaven (Blízko nebe, 2005).


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About the film

Color, 35 mm
International premiere

Section: Czech Films 2009-2010
Director: Dan Svátek
Screenplay: Dan Svátek, Miroslav Skačáni
Dir. of Photography: Jakub Šimůnek
Music: Varhan Orchestrovič Bauer
Editor: Dan Svátek
Producer: Miroslav Skačáni, Zdeněk Obůrka
Production: Brasca
Cast: Václav Jiráček, Ivan Franěk, Petra Nesvačilová
Contact: AQS a.s., Magic Box - division Bioscop
Distributor: Magic Box - division Bioscop


Dan Svátek

Film Director, Producer, Producer

Andrea Metcalfe


Robert Schaffer


Václav Jiráček


Jakub Šimůnek

Director of Photography

Jarek Hylebrant


Petra Nesvačilová

Film Director

Irena Prokopová


Vlastina Svátková



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