Archive of films Requiem for a Maiden / Requiem pro panenku

1991, 94 min

Section: Liberated
Year: 2019

Fourteen-year-old Marika finds herself in an institute for mentally ill girls, where the nurses’ cruel treatment of her slowly fuels a rage that leads to tragedy. Inspired by a true story, this psychological thriller became a symbol for the local genre dynamism of the 1990s. Anna Geislerová shines in the starring role.


Filip Renč’s directorial debut was inspired by journalist Josef Klíma’s account of a 1984 fire. Although a student of documentary film at the time, Renč decided to adapt the subject into a feature. The result is a powerful drama of a sexually abused 14-year-old named Marika, who is mistakenly sent to an institution for mentally ill girls. The nurses’ cruel treatment and lack of concern slowly fuel a sense of rage within the traumatized girl that eventually results in tragedy. Renč’s passionate picture, symbolic of the local genre dynamism of the 1990s, already employs his distinctively expressive style. Anna Geislerová shines in the starring role.

Sandra Hezinová

About the director

Filip Renč (b. 1965, Prague). Selected filmography: Requiem for a Maiden (1991), War of Colours (1995), Rebels (2001), From Subway with Love (2005), Guard No. 47 (2008), The Devil’s Mistress (2016), Desperate Women Do Desperate Things (2018)


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Liberated
Director: Filip Renč
Screenplay: Filip Renč
Dir. of Photography: Juraj Fándli
Music: Ondřej Soukup
Editor: Jan Mattlach
Art Director: Luděk Kouřil
Producer: Věra Kopecká
Production: Filmové studio Zlín
Cast: Anna Geislerová, Eva Holubová, Barbora Hrzánová, Filip Renč, Soňa Valentová
Sales: Bonton a.s.
Contact: Národní filmový archiv


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