Archive of films Restart / Restart

Czech Republic / Finland
2005, 85 min

Section: Czech Films 2005-2006
Year: 2006

Martin leaves his girlfriend Sylvie after she plays an unfair April fool’s joke on him. The young woman sets off into the night to try to save their relationship. She’s only got one day to put things right… A modern, visually dynamic film focused on the adherents of Prague’s club culture who, night after night, surround themselves with loud music, alcohol and a succession of new partners.


It’s April 1st and Sylvie can’t resist playing an April fool’s joke on her boyfriend Martin. But a few ill-considered words might just have changed her life forever. Martin leaves her, and the crestfallen young woman searches for him everywhere, overcoming one pitfall after another, hoping that she will be able to save their relationship. She has no idea that she is heading for a fatal collision… The subjective narration condenses the hectic day’s events and poses the suggestive question: Have you ever wanted to start over? Restart is a modern, visually dynamic film focusing on adherents of Prague’s club culture who, night after night, surround themselves with loud music, alcohol and a succession of new partners. A film about seemingly carefree, yet also fragile, vulnerable and lonely individuals. The work of debuting director Julius Ševčík and Finnish cameraman Kasimir Lehto.

About the director

Julius Ševčík

Julius Ševčík (b. 1978, Prague) studied at the New York Film Academy (NYFA) in the years 1997–98, where he attracted attention with his four-minute black-and-white film The Spiral (Spirála, 1997), which he wrote, directed, edited and also shot. In the years 1999–2005 he directed various commercials and short films. He completed his directing course at FAMU with the feature-length film Restart (2005). His medium-length college film 51 Kilohertz (2003) won awards at various foreign festivals (Rome, Rio de Janeiro, Clermont-Ferrand).


Bontonfilm, a.s.
Na Poříčí 1047/26, 110 00, Praha 1
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 257 415 111
Fax: +420 257 415 113
E-mail: [email protected]

Axman Production
Senovážné náměstí 10, 110 00, Praha 1
Czech Republic
E-mail: [email protected]

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Czech Films 2005-2006
Director: Julius Ševčík
Screenplay: Ondřej Ládek, Julius Ševčík
Dir. of Photography: Kasimir Lehto
Music: Filip Míšek/Khoiba, Ecson Waldes, Moimir Papalescu & the Nihilists
Editor: Aleksi Raij
Producer: Karla Stojáková, Roman Kašparovský, Sanna Kultanen
Production: Axman Production, FAMU, UIAH-University of Art and Design Helsinki
Cast: Lenka Krobotová, Filip Čapka, Anna Polívková, Václav Jiráček, Hana Seidlová, Marko Igonda, Tomáš Pavelka, Kostas Zedraloglu, Jan Révai
Contact: Axman Production
Distributor: Bontonfilm, a.s.


Karla Stojáková


Julius Ševčík

Film Director / Producer

Roman Kašparovský

Producer, Service Company Rep.

Henrich Boráros

Film Crew, Film Crew

Pavel Berčík

Producer, Service Company Rep.

Lenka Krobotová



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