Archive of films Lost Case / Ztracený případ

Czech Republic
2014, 58 min

Section: Imagina
Year: 2015

This compilation film by Jindřich Chalupecký Award-winner Roman Štětina employes scenes from the cult series “Columbo” to create an entirely new story that highlights moments we would not have expected from the original. Columbo’s lost case is, at the same time, the one which gives the celebrated detective the most gray hair and wrinkles.


For his first feature film, Roman Štětina turned to the iconic character of Lieut. Columbo and the eponymous series that starred Peter Falk intermittently from 1968 to 2003. In a humorous and sensitive collage capturing the fundamentals of the genre as well as the particularities of the series and its hero, Štětina constructs an entirely new story in which Columbo’s detective work goes beyond the search for corpses to include a dangerous number of pointless exploits. As time passes, the detective finds himself in places he would never have imagined could exist. But he remains true to himself regardless. Upon accepting the film’s premise, viewers will be able to enter a story that is just as engaging as any of the series’ episodes. As is usual in the director’s work, he doesn’t limit Lost Case to just the movie itself. The project also features cooperation with graphic designer and film poster artist Zdeněk Ziegler, who employed an unused poster design from 1977 for the film.

Viktor Palák

About the director

Roman Štětina

Roman Štětina (b. 1986, Kadaň, Czechoslovakia) graduated from Michal Pěchouček’s studio at the Institute of Art and Design in Plzeň (2009) and is now a student at Prague’s Academy of Fine Arts (under Tomáš Vaňek and Jiří Skála) and at Städelschule in Frankfurt (studios of Judith Hopf and Douglas Gordon). His work is often inspired by radio broadcasts, which he approaches with deference while also attempting to find new perspectives. KVIFF showed his short films Talking about Art (2012), Tongue Twister (2014), and Lecture (2014). In 2014 he was awarded the Czech Republic’s prestigious Jindřich Chalupecký Award for young Czech artists.


Roman Štětina
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Czech Republic
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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Imagina
Director: Roman Štětina
Screenplay: Roman Štětina
Producer: Roman Štětina
Cast: Peter Falk
Contact: Roman Štětina


Roman Štětina

Film Director


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