Archive of films Little Secret / Strach

Czech Republic
2013, 21 min

Section: Czech Films 2012–2013
Year: 2013

A short film by a noted director of commercials and the creator of several Karlovy Vary jingles, inspired by the recent case of a young man who blamed his serious injuries on an attack by a group of Roma. But before the truth could come out, actions that had been set in motion could no longer be halted.


Tomáš remembers the time he was assaulted by a small group of Roma – so brutally that he ended up in hospital. Yet a short flashback suggests that the truth lies somewhere else entirely. His resigned mother clings so vehemently to her son’s first version of the story that she manages to spark a highly inauspicious chain of events. But these are founded on a dangerous lie that various people are keen to exploit, a fib that becomes a far greater nightmare for the boy than the original misadventure itself. The film, which draws on an extremely delicate narrative, stylistic eloquence and a powerful atmosphere, was inspired by one of the most hard-hitting media sensations in recent years.

About the director

Martin Krejčí (b. 1977, Prague) is a leading Czech director of advertising spots. He studied documentary film at FAMU (1996-2004) where he turned out several impressive short films, among them The Adventures of Jan Tleskač (1997). He proved his versatility in the short Fricasse (2003), which was screened to Karlovy Vary audiences after its screening at Cannes. Krejčí is responsible for this year’s KVIFF trailer featuring Helen Mirren; he also directed a previous one starring Jiří Menzel.


Stillking Films, s.r.o.
Kříženeckého nám. 322, 152 53, Praha 5
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 267 071 900
Fax: +420 267 073 742
E-mail: [email protected]

About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: Czech Films 2012–2013
Director: Martin Krejčí
Screenplay: Martin Krejčí
Dir. of Photography: Štěpán Kučera
Producer: Daniel Bergman, Martin Krejčí, Robert Herman, Matthew Stillman
Production: Stink Ltd.
Cast: Adam Mišík, Jenovéfa Boková, Klára Cibulková
Contact: Stillking Films, s.r.o.


Martin Krejčí

Film Director

Andrea Chadimová


Jana Schneider



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