This is not a film about drug abuse, but a film about the replenishing power of life, about values and their price, about mothers and their relationship with their children.

Czechia 2009
90 min.
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

“You bet on someone in the beginning of the process and then you wait and see what life does with them.” This is how Czech director Helena Trestikova explains her long-term documentaries. Following on from the European Film Academy Award winning René (2008), Trestikova brings us Katka – 14 years in the life of a drug addict. Katka is an extraordinarily raw and uncensored character portrait of a troubled young woman living on the edge of human existence, desperately searching for love and salvation. Will she find it in the rehab? Will she find it in the arms of the man she loves? Or in the first cry of her long-desired baby? Tagging along with her through the back streets and squalors of Prague, Trestikova gets deep under the skin of a person most of us would cross the road to avoid, and shows us Katka’s profoundly human face. You might be angry with Katka, or your heart may go out to her. One thing is certain – you will never forget her.

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Director: Helena Třeštíková
Screenplay: Helena Třeštíková
Cinematography: Vlastimil Hamerník, Kristián Hynek, Martin Kubala, Ferdinand Mazurek, Braňo Pažitka, Miroslav Souček, Tomáš Třeštík
Music: Tadeáš Věrčák
Sound: Václav Hejduk, Stanislav Hruška, Jaroslav Jedlička
Editing: Jakub Hejna
Producer: Kateřina Černá, Pavel Strnad
Cast: Kateřina Bradáčová, Helena Třeštíková

Czech Lions

2010 – Helena Třeštíková (Best Documentary)

Czech Film Critic Awards

2010 – Helena Třeštíková (Best Documentary)

  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.