Archive of films 3 Seasons in Hell / 3 sezóny v pekle

Czech Republic / Germany / Slovak Republic
2009, 110 min

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Year: 2010

1947. Nineteen-year-old Ivan is the embodiment of the dreams and ideals of the period. The self-satisfied and confrontational poet finds understanding with freethinking Jana, and together they experience the end of hope: after February 1948, the Communist regime reveals its repressive side.... Tomáš Mašín’s debut feature is loosely inspired by the autobiography of leftist underground guru Egon Bondy. The artistically striking retro film took three Czech Lions: Best Camera, Sound, and Actor (Kryštof Hádek).


1947. Postwar Prague bubbles with life and energy: the period favors sensuality and extravagance. Nineteen-year-old Ivan Heinz is the embodiment of its dreams and ideals: he leaves home and his conservative father to give himself eagerly over to a bohemian lifestyle. Self-satisfied and confrontational, the young man writes poetry and finds understanding with a like-minded, freethinking rebel named Jana. Then together the couple experience the end of hope: after February 1948, the Communist regime, which Ivan once fervently celebrated as an armchair Marxist, reveals its repressive side. The lovers refuse to conform, barely surviving on the fringes of society while planning to run away to Paris. But the clash with merciless reality soon arrives, hard and unexpected.... Debut director Tomáš Mašín drew inspiration from the autobiography of leftist underground poet, prose writer, and philosopher Egon Bondy. Having gained much from the director’s experience creating acclaimed commercials, the artistically striking retro film took three Czech Lions: Best Camera, Sound, and Actor (Kryštof Hádek).

About the director

Tomáš Mašín (b. 1966, Prague) studied graphic design, conceptual art, and media at AVU, Prague’s Academy of Fine Arts (1986-93). But his interest in multimedia led him to video art, computer animation, and short, experimental movies. In 1995 he cofounded Dawson Productions, prior to which he had worked as production designer on Vít Olmer’s Nudity for Sale (1993) and Bigger Idiot Than We Thought (1994). In 1996 he shot Hotel and cowrote the script for Whisper, David Ondříček’s generational tragicomic debut. Mašín has shot commercials and music videos, and has created trailers for music programs (e.g. MTV). His work has received numerous awards at specialized film festivals.


Dawson Productions
Pštrossova 21, 110 00, Praha 1
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 224 999 911
Fax: +420 224 999 923

The Yellow Affair
Lehtotie 5, FI-00630, Helsinki
Tel: +46 761 993 166

Falcon a.s.
Radlická 1c/3185, 150 00, Praha 5
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 224 422 244
Fax: +420 224 422 240

About the film

Color, 35 mm
International premiere

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Director: Tomáš Mašín
Screenplay: Tomáš Mašín na motivy autobiografie Egona Bondyho Prvních deset let / based on Egon Bondys’ autobiography The First Ten Years
Dir. of Photography: Karl Oskarsson
Music: Filip Jelínek
Editor: Petr Turyna
Producer: Monika Kristl
Production: Dawson Productions
Cast: Kryštof Hádek, Karolina Gruszka, Martin Huba, Jan Kraus, Tomasz Tyndyk, Luboš Kostelný, Táňa Pauhofová, Miroslav Krobot
Contact: Dawson Productions, The Yellow Affair, Falcon a.s.
Distributor: Falcon a.s.


Tomáš Mašín

Film Director

Monika Kristlová


Kryštof Hádek


Karolina Gruszka


Miira Paasilinna

Buyer, Sales Agent

Jitka Procházková

Festival Organizer, TV Representative

Svatava Peschková



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