Archive of films Blue Shadows / Modré stíny

Czech Republic
2016, 278 min

Section: Czech Films 2015–2016
Year: 2016

In this four-part crime miniseries, Olomouc detectives have to deal with the elusive and ambivalent enemies behind the murder of a university lecturer. Tauš’s method of portraying a case which seriously disrupts the private lives of Major Výrová and her team caused a stir with a hard-hitting, progressive form that challenges conventional image composition.


Synopsis

“These hardboiled crooks were essentially spawned by communism” - thus the assertion underlying the new case Major Výrová is investigating with her colleagues from the Olomouc police department. The lead character in one of the most impressive Czech crime miniseries in recent years focuses her crosshairs on post-revolutionary rogues while keeping an eye out for illegal “fraternal” dealings. This bleak case starts with the shooting of an Olomouc college lecturer right on campus. It may be that the academic had become too inconvenient for the school’s bursar, frequently drawing attention to the curious way the latter was managing – or perhaps mismanaging – millions of crowns. The case also affects the investigators themselves, who have to redefine their team roles when work seriously begins to disrupt their private lives. Blue Shadows caused quite a stir with the hard-hitting, progressive form adopted by director Viktor Tauš and cameraman Martin Douba. Headed by Major Výrová (the outstanding Klára Melíšková), the detectives will have a rough ride trying to close this case as they come up against ambivalent and elusive enemies.

Jan Škoda

About the director

Viktor Tauš (b. 1973, Prague) is a Czech film producer and director. During his studies at FAMU he shot the staged documentary Eleanor Rigby from the Small Town (1995), which was followed by his evocative feature debut My Detox (1999), screened at KVIFF in 2000. In 2008 he directed the sequel to the successful cross-generation comedy The Great Thaw. He has also created more than seventy advertising spots for prestigious firms. In 2006 he cofounded the Prague-based production company Fog’n’Desire Films, which produced or co-produced films such as The House, Honeymoon, Home Care, The Red Spider and The Red Captain. He directed Clownwise in 2013, nominated for eight Czech Lions and four Czech Film Critics Awards.

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About the film

Color, DCP
International premiere

Section: Czech Films 2015–2016
   
Director: Viktor Tauš
Screenplay: Petr Jarchovský podle stejnojmenného detektivního románu / based on the novel of the same name by Michal Sýkora
Dir. of Photography: Martin Douba
Music: Petr Ostrouchov
Editor: Alois Fišárek
Art Director: Jan Kadlec, Michaela Horáčková Hořejší
Producer: Jan Štern
Production: Česká televize
Cast: Klára Melíšková, Stanislav Majer, Miroslav Krobot, Tereza Voříšková, David Novotný, Tomáš Dastlík, Martin Huba, Martin Pechlát, Eva Jeníčková
Sales: Czech Television - Telexport
Contact: Czech Television, Festival Department

Guests

Viktor Tauš

Film Director, Producer

Petr Jarchovský

Screenwriter, Screenwriter


Martin Douba

Director of Photography

Klára Melíšková

Actor, Actor


Stanislav Majer

Actor

Tereza Voříšková

Actress


Jan Štern

Producer

Petra Štovíková

Festival Organizer, TV Representative


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