Archive of films Time of the Servants / Čas sluhů

1989, 116 min

Section: Liberated
Year: 2019

Timid Dana is dumped by her lover. In an attempt to make him jealous, she talks her best friend into lending Dana her boyfriend. Thus begins Dana’s transformation from hapless outsider into a manipulative femme fatale capable of anything. Winner of the Caméra d’Or Special Distinction at the 1990 Cannes fest, Time of the Servants presents an image of society just before the fall of communism that the local regime wanted banned from the big screen.


The psychological thriller Time of the Servants offers up an excellent caricature of Czechoslovakia just prior to the Velvet Revolution. Although the film earned a Caméra d’Or Special Distinction at the 1990 Cannes film festival, it was nearly banned by the local pre-1989 censors. The story of timid medical student Dana’s transformation into an unscrupulous master of manipulation serves as a fitting critique of a society that by the late 1980s had descended into a mire of hopelessness and politically subservient decadence. In her stylistically distinctive debut, director Irena Pavlásková created an unprecedented anti-heroine, a femme fatale who, like the era’s political system, destroys individuals in the name of personal success.

Anna Purkrábková

About the director

Irena Pavlásková (b. 1960, Frýdek-Místek, Czechoslovakia). Selected filmography: Time of the Servants (1989), Corpus delicti (1991), A Time of Debts (1998), The Bitch’s Diary (2007), An Earthly Paradise for the Eyes (2009), Photographer (2015)


Národní filmový archiv
Malešická 12, 130 00, Praha 3
Czech Republic

About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Liberated
Director: Irena Pavlásková
Screenplay: Irena Pavlásková
Dir. of Photography: F. A. Brabec
Music: Jiří Chlumecký, Jiří Veselý
Editor: Jan Svoboda
Art Director: Boris Halmi
Producer: Václav Eisenhamer
Production: Filmové studio Barrandov
Cast: Ivana Chýlková, Karel Roden, Jitka Asterová, Libor Žídek, Miroslav Etzler
Sales: Národní filmový archiv


Irena Pavlásková

Film Director

Tomáš Žůrek

Sales Agent

Jiří Chlumecký

Music Composer


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