Archive of films Black Cake / Černý dort

Czech Republic
2016, 25 min

Section: Czech Films 2016–2017
Year: 2017

A family celebration is once again reduced to small talk and stock phrases, but one member may find the strength to defy routine and open up a family secret. In Johana Švarcová’s black-humoured drama there is someone, however, who intends to preserve the congenial atmosphere at all costs.


At family celebrations the conversation can go on for hours without anyone saying anything important. The party atmosphere in this case appears to be made up of a series of standard expressions and stock phrases, namely small-talk waffle that replaces any kind of sincere human interaction. Everyone sitting round the table seems to be following a script, and any deviation is unacceptable. But this is what the heroine of this graduation film is trying to accomplish and, in doing so, she may find the courage to bring a family secret into the open. A black-humoured drama about the important things that life’s banalities prevent us from ever saying.

Jan Škoda

About the director

Johana Švarcová (b. 1983, Liberec, Czechoslovakia) is a director, documentarist, actress, musician and performer, having graduated in film direction from FAMU. In 2013 she shot Hi, I’m Doing Fine, which brought her awards from the Fresh Film Fest and the Poitiers FF in France. She was also successful with Familiar Strangers (2015) and Process (2015). Black Cake won Best Film and Best Director at Famufest in 2016. She is currently putting together her feature-length documentary The Sound Is Innocent.


Jakub Vacík
E-mail: [email protected]

About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Czech Films 2016–2017
Director: Johana Ožvold
Screenplay: Johana Švarcová, Kristina Májová
Dir. of Photography: Šimon Dvořáček
Music: Johana Švarcová, Martin Ožvold
Editor: Adam Patyk
Art Director: Barbora Zelníčková
Producer: Ondřej Šejnoha
Production: Studio FAMU
Cast: Ester Geislerová, Barbora Milotová, Taťjana Medvecká, Ján Sedal, Radek Beran, Natálie Řehořová, Václav Neužil, Jaroslava Pokorná
Contact: Jakub Vacík


Johana Ožvold

Film Director

Ester Geislerová


Václav Neužil


Taťjana Medvecká


Kristina Májová


Marek Dusil


Magdaléna Rothová


© 2022 FILM SERVIS FESTIVAL KARLOVY VARY, a.s. [email protected] +420 221 411 011 All contacts

HistoryHistory GalleryGallery
Accompanying programmeAccompanying programme Festival Pass, tickets, reservationsFestival Pass, tickets
HistoryHistory ContactsContacts
Archive of filmsArchive of films KVIFF TalksKVIFF Talks
Industry Days Programme 2021Industry Days Programme ContactsContacts
VideogalleryVideogallery GalleryGallery
ContactsContacts Daily plansDaily plans
HistoryHistory Festival GuideFestival Guide