Archive of films Old-Timers / Staříci

Czech Republic / Slovak Republic
2019, 85 min

Section: Official Selection - Out of Competition
Year: 2019

Vlasta and Tonda don’t have much longer to live but they do have one more important task ahead of them – to find and kill the communist prosecutor who sent them to prison in the 1950s. An unusual road movie about two former political prisoners who fight for justice despite every obstacle.


The fifties are the distant past, and yet the injustices of the old regime still keep Vlasta awake at night. He doesn’t have many more years to live, but driven by his need for revenge he seeks out his old friend Tonda in order to realize his final wish: to find and kill a communist prosecutor. This unusual road movie, about two former political prisoners who fight for justice despite every obstacle, is the most recent joint effort by Martin Dušek and Ondřej Provazník, whose background in documentary film is reflected in the realistic depiction of the arduous journey taken by two decrepit men. At times poetic, at others absurdly humorous, the directors’ cinematic look at the past provides a portrait of the stubbornness of age.

Sandra Hezinová

About the director

Martin Dušek (b. 1978, Česká Lípa, Czechoslovakia). Selected filmography: Mein Kroj (2011, short), The Analogs (2013), Into the Clouds We Gaze (2014) Ondřej Provazník (b. 1978, Prague). Selected filmography: Professional Soldier (2000), Camera-Action-Broumov (2015, short). Joint direction: A Town Called Hermitage (2007), Coal in the Soul (2010), Old-Timers (2019)


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About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: Official Selection - Out of Competition
Director: Martin Dušek, Ondřej Provazník
Screenplay: Martin Dušek, Ondřej Provazník
Dir. of Photography: Lukáš Milota
Music: Hejl & Srnka
Editor: Jana Vlčková
Art Director: Antonín Šilar
Producer: Jiří Konečný
Production: Endorfilm
Coproduction: Sentimentalfilm, Česká televize
Cast: Jiří Schmitzer, Ladislav Mrkvička, Dušan Kaprálik, Milena Steinmasslová, Michal Suchánek
Contact: endorfilm


Jiří Konečný


Martin Dušek

Film Director

Ondřej Provazník

Film Director

Kateřina Ondřejková

Producer, Producer, Producer, Film Institution Rep.

Lukáš Milota

Director of Photography

Jana Vlčková

Film Editor

Jiří Schmitzer


Ladislav Mrkvička


Milena Steinmasslová


Pavel Batěk


Martina Stránská


Miroslav Srnka


Matouš Hejl



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