Archive of films Bonds of Blood / Krev zmizelého

Czech Republic
2005, 126 min

Section: Czech Films 2005-2006
Year: 2006

An epic historical drama based on a story and screenplay by Vladimír Körner, set in the period from 1939 to 1961. This moving story of a mother and daughter also describes the tragic fate of individuals, the victims of war, the transfer of the Sudeten Germans and the Communist regime, but it also tells of love, mercy and redemption.


This epic historical drama starts after the outbreak of the 2nd World War. In a German field hospital a Czech girl, Helga, saves the life of a young Baltic nobleman who has fled the Soviet menace, joined the German army and has been wounded. They have a brief affair, the young man chooses suicide rather than return to the front, and Helga later gives birth to a daughter, Dorli. After the end of the war and the expulsion of the Germans, the 1950s and 1960s bring more suffering to the mother and daughter. The complicated plot, involving events in the autumn and winter of 1939, the spring of 1945, the summer of 1956 and the autumn of 1961, unfolds mainly on the Moravian-Polish borders and culminates in the Belgian Congo. In addition to the moving story of mother and daughter, the film tells of the victims of war, the brutal transfer of the Sudeten Germans and the inhumanity of the Communist regime, but also of love, mercy and redemption. After the film Spring of Life (Pramen života – Der Lebensborn), this is the director’s second collaboration with leading screenwriter and novelist Vladimír Körner.

About the director

Milan Cieslar

Milan Cieslar (1960, Český Těšín) studied production at Čimelice Film School and direction at Prague’s FAMU (1984). He is the author of many television productions, films and fairytales. He made his film debut with an action movie set in the world of horse-racing, Dynamite (Dynamit, 1989), and followed this with the psychological drama Somewhere It May Be Nice (Někde je možná hezky, 1991), the psychological crime film The Taste of Death (Jak chutná smrt, 1995), the balladic story of a girl forced into the Nazi programme for breeding a racially pure generation during the 2nd World War, Spring of Life (Pramen života – Der Lebensborn, 2000), based on a story by Vladimír Körner, and the bitter-sweet contemporary comedy Soul Like Caviar (Duše jako kaviár, 2004). Apart from directing films and television programmes he works as a screenwriter and producer. In 1993 he founded the independent production company Happy Celluloid.


Alena Tocháčková

Happy Celluloid s.r.o.
Na Břevnovské pláni 16a/2122, 160 00, Praha 6
Czech Republic
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E-mail: [email protected]

Bioscop (Magicbox a.s.)
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Czech Republic
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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Czech Films 2005-2006
Director: Milan Cieslar
Screenplay: Vladimír Körner
Dir. of Photography: Jiří Macháně
Music: Jean Sibelius
Editor: Miloslav Liška, Milan Cieslar
Producer: Milan Cieslar
Production: Happy Celluloid
Cast: Vilma Cibulková, Ester Geislerová, Martin Huba, Igor Bareš, Emma Černá, Ondřej Vetchý, Václav Jiráček, Vladimír Dlouhý, Jiří Lábus, Simona Stašová, Karel Dobrý
Contact: Happy Celluloid s.r.o.
Distributor: Alena Tocháčková, Bioscop (Magicbox a.s.)


Jitka Procházková

Festival Organizer, TV Representative

Milan Cieslar

Film Director / Producer

Vladimír Körner


Petra Štovíková

Festival Organizer, Producer, TV Representative


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