Archive of films Fair Play / Fair Play
Teenage Anna’s background may be altogether unsuitable for the communist regime, but her talent as a sprinter will help her into the state-run doping program regardless – and from there it’s on to the Olympics. Strange performance-enhancing drugs, however, are but one of the dilemmas heroes had to face in Czechoslovakia in the 1980s.
Czechoslovakia, the gray 1980s. Teenage Anna is a top sprinter and her trainer thinks she can go all the way to the Olympics. Her mother is also pinning her hopes on Anna’s success, seeing it as an opportunity for her daughter to live in the free world beyond the Iron Curtain. This vision is so strong that she willingly supports the doping program the communist regime is testing on her daughter – although her health will clearly suffer. Unfolding gradually, Fair Play may be a tale of fiction but it shines a light on historically-based demands made by the regime, and when they concerned a loved one it was difficult to ignore them. In addition to her powerful, unromanticized evocation of the era that avoids becoming an ostentatious stream of period props, the director succeeds in putting forward a universal story of adolescent fragility without resorting to melodrama. Although ostensibly about sports, this film presents a depiction of relationships and their complications.
About the director
Andrea Sedláčková (b. 1967, Prague) is a Czech movie and television director, screenwriter, and editor. She studied screenwriting at Prague’s Film Academy (FAMU), continuing her training in editing and direction after emigrating to France at La Fémis in Paris (1990-93). For Czech Television she has shot documentaries (e.g. What Did You Do in November?, 1994) and made-for-TV movies (e.g. A Beautiful Time, 2006). During her time in France she has been engaged mainly as an editor: her cutting work on Welcome (2008) was nominated for a César, and Joyeux Noël (2005) was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Both her previous features, Victims and Murderers (2000) and Seducer (2002), screened at KVIFF, while her latest film, Fair Play, will compete for the Crystal Globe. She resides in both France and the Czech Republic, and at present she is preparing an adaptation of Josef Škvorecký’s The Cowards.
About the film
|Official Selection - Competition
|Dir. of Photography:
|Jan Baset Střítežský
|David Solař, Miro Žbirka
|Kateřina Černá, Pavel Strnad
|Arina, Departures Film
|Judit Bárdos, Anna Geislerová, Eva Josefíková, Roman Luknár, Roman Zach
|Intramovies, Falcon a.s.
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