Archive of films David / David

Czech Republic
2015, 80 min

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Year: 2015

At age 20, David is increasingly aware of how his mental illness influences his parents’ behavior. So one evening he decides to run away to Prague where, alone, he has to face numerous tricky situations – as well as his own thoughts. This courageous and moody debut is crowned with a fine lead performance from Patrik Holubář.


David is a 20-year-old man with a mild intellectual disability who lives with his parents in Ústí nad Labem. One evening, he sneaks out of the house with several hundred crowns in his pocket and heads for Prague, where his brother lives with his girlfriend. He wanders the city alone and nobody notices him. He spends his time on the metro, in streetcars or at the train station. He becomes increasingly depressed – a state of mind he fails to come to terms with. This stark account of several days spent wandering in an alien world in which he feels unhappy and confused is told in parallel with his desperate parents’ search for their son. Although the film presents an unusual study of loneliness, in this case determined by the main character’s “difference,” it tells a universal story. It offers a look from the inside, characterized by a minimalist and compact narrative style.

Tomáš Bartošek

About the director

Jan Těšitel

Jan Těšitel (b. 1982) studied film theory at Charles University (2002–2007) and directing at FAMU (2014). During his studies, he shot several short films that were shown at various festivals. These include In the Mood for Underwear (2008), Expensive Father (2009) and The Magnificent One (2011). His 2010 film People Involved about an Englishwoman who goes to visit her dead lover’s parents in Ústí nad Labem, was nominated for a Czech Lion in the short film category. Těšitel also worked on the television series “Čapek’s Pockets” (2011), and he directs music videos and television commercials.


Sugar Division
Kaprova 42/14, 11000, Praha 1
Czech Republic
E-mail: [email protected]

About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Director: Jan Těšitel
Screenplay: Jan Těšitel
Dir. of Photography: Marek Dvořák
Music: Andy Wright Becker
Editor: Šimon Hájek
Art Director: Ivana Kanhäuserová
Producer: Veronika Kührová
Production: Sugar Division
Coproduction: MagicLab, FAMU
Cast: Patrik Holubář, Ondřej Pavelka, Alena Štréblová, Šárka Vaculíková, Igor Bareš, Mikuláš Čížek
Contact: Sugar Division


Jan Těšitel

Veronika Kührová


Marek Dvořák

Director of Photography

Patrik Holubář


Milada Těšitelová


Pavel Jech

Film Institution Rep.


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