Archive of films Miracle / Zázrak
Slovak Republic / Czech Republic
2013, 78 min
Section: East of the West - Competition
Fifteen-year-old Ela finds herself in a correctional facility. The girls who end up here have often had much bleaker experiences than many adults, but their dreams and desires aren’t all that different.... After his multi-award-winning documentary Blind Loves, director Juraj Lehotský returns to the screen with a socially perceptive film, whose strength lies both in its story, inspired by a real person, and in the totally natural performance of the actress who plays Ela.
Fifteen-year-old Ela has entered a detention facility following a series of conflicts with her mother. Many of the other girls living there have experienced more misery than some adults – truancy, running away, drugs and prostitution. Before arriving at the correctional centre, Ela was in a relationship with 30-year-old Roby, and she remains deeply in love with him. She imagines them sharing a future together, and she is determined to do what it takes to make it a reality.... Director Juraj Lehotský took inspiration for this social drama from the story of a girl he once met. As he says, the aim of the film was "to see her life the way it is. To live her life with her little secret, in all its simplicity and ordinariness.” He adds: "I wanted to be close to her.” Michaela Bendulová’s entirely natural performance in the role of Ela demonstrably enhances the film’s veracity; the director discovered the young actress in a detention facility after a search lasting nearly two years.
About the director
Juraj Lehotský (b. 1975, Bratislava) graduated in photography from an applied arts secondary school (1994) and in documentary film direction from the Academy of Performing Arts, both in Bratislava (2000). He shot the short documentaries The Quiet World of Jožka Baláž (1995), We’ll Perform, We’ll Graduate (1996), A Funeral Is Actually a Premiere (1997), Unwanted Children (1998), Twins (1999), I Didn’t Know I’d Love You So Much (2000) and Interview (2001). His first feature-length film, the documentary Blind Loves (2008), premiered in 2009 in the Directors’ Fortnight section of the Cannes IFF and was subsequently screened and awarded at a number of other international film festivals. That same year, Karlovy Vary accepted the film in its documentary competition. Miracle is the director’s feature debut.
About the film
|Section:||East of the West - Competition|
|Screenplay:||Juraj Lehotský, Marek Leščák|
|Dir. of Photography:||Noro Hudec|
|Producer:||Marko Škop, Ján Meliš|
|Cast:||Michaela Bendulová, Robert Roth, Katarína Feldeková|
Film Director, Producer