Vladimír Michálek chose an unconventional adaptation of Kafka's novel for his feature debut. Artistically reminiscent of the classic films of Karel Zeman, the director reinterpreted this dark story of a man vainly seeking a place in a rigidly ordered society by changing the desperate conclusion into a happy end.

Czechia 1994
85 min.
  • This film is available until 31. 7. 2024 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

Vladimír Michálek's film is a postmodernist vision of Franz Kafka's unfinished novel The Man Who Disappeared,. A young Czech (Martin Dejdar) arrives in America at the beginning of the 20th century, a land of great rises and great downfalls. His uncle (Jiří Lábus) is the richest man in America. He accepts his nephew as his own son on the condition of absolute submission. In harsh conditions, so far from idyllic Europe, the young man doesn't withstand. He is harshly and unexpectedly rejected by his uncle. America turns the other cheek – he becomes an outcast with no future. The film's vision, however, offers him some hope.

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Director: Vladimír Michálek
Based on: Franz Kafka
Screenplay: Vladimír Michálek, Martin Duba
Cinematography: Martin Duba
Music: Michal Dvořák, David Koller
Sound: Michal Dvořák, Radim Hladík ml.
Editing: Jiří Brožek
Production Design: Jindřich Goetz, Jaroslav Róna
Producer: Jaroslav Bouček
Costumes: Monika Drápalová, Petra Jáchimová, Věra Linhartová
Cast: Martin Dejdar, Jiří Lábus, Jiří Schmitzer, Václav Marhoul, Libuše Tomanová, Tomáš Vorel st., Petr Vacek, Jan Schmid, Milan Riehs, Pavel Nový, Pavel Landovský

Czech Lions

1994 – Jiří Lábus (Best Supporting Actor)

  • This film is available until 31. 7. 2024 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.