Magic Voice of a Rebel

Marta Kubišová, the singer, signatory and spokesperson for Charter 77, remained with honour for twenty years in her resistance against the communist regime. When Russian tanks invaded Czechoslovakia, her song „Prayer for Marta“ became a protest song of the occupied country.

Magický hlas rebelky
Czechia 2014
90 min.
  • This film is available until 31. 7. 2024 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

After her portrait of Věra Čáslavská, the most successful Czechoslovak sportswoman of all time, leading Czech documentarist Olga Sommerová decided to make a film about Marta Kubišová, another exceptional woman whose eventful life was determined to a considerable extent by the tyranny of communist power. The stellar career of this talented singer and three-time winner of the Golden Nightingale music award ended in 1968 with the occupation of Czechoslovakia. In 1977 Kubišová signed Charter 77 and also became its spokesperson, making her a target of the secret police. After twenty years’ enforced silence, however, she was able to stage a spectacular comeback during the Velvet Revolution. Olga Sommerová maps out key episodes from the private, professional and dissident chapters of Marta Kubišová’s life through archive footage and interviews with friends, such as Dana Němcová, Pavel Kohout and Jaroslav Hutka. The film also features a brand new song performed with Aneta Langerová.

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Director: Olga Sommerová
Screenplay: Olga Sommerová
Cinematography: Olga Špátová
Music: Aleš Březina
Sound: Petr Provazník, Tomáš Kubec
Editing: Jakub Voves
Producer: Pavel Berčík, Alena Müllerová
Co-production: Ondřej Zima, Jan Ludvík
Cast: Marta Kubišová, Aneta Langerová, Pavel Kohout, Milan Hein, Václav Neckář, Vlastimil Třešňák, Iva Janžurová, Jiří Černý, Fero Fenič

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

2014 – Olga Sommerová (Audience Award)

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