The breathtaking story of a man gifted with exceptional abilities set against the background of the events of the totalitarian fifties in Czechoslovakia.

Czechia, Ireland, Poland 2020
  • Czech
  • English
118 min.

Herbalist Jan Mikolášek dedicated his life to caring for the sick despite the immense obstacles he faced in his private and public life. Born at the turn of the 20th century, Mikolášek wins fame and fortune using unorthodox plant-based treatment methods to cure a wide range of diseases. Already a local institution in Czechoslovakia before World War II, the healer gains in reputation and wealth both during the Nazi occupation and under communist rule. One after the other, each regime wants to use his skills and in return give him protection. But how high shall the costs be to maintain this status as the tide turns?

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Director: Agnieszka Holland
Screenplay: Marek Epstein
Cinematography: Martin Štrba
Music: Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz
Editing: Pavel Hrdlička ml.
Production Design: Milan Býček
Producer: Šárka Cimbalová, Kevan Van Thompson
Cast: Ivan Trojan, Josef Trojan, Juraj Loj, Jaroslava Pokorná, Martin Myšička, Miroslav Hanuš, Jiří Černý, Tomáš Jeřábek, Jan Budař, Melika Yildiz