Sekal Has to Die

Drama from the summer of 1943, a period when occupied Czechoslovakia appeared on maps as the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. It takes place in the Moravian village of Lakotice, where there is not a single German, and where the events of the war do not seem to even be happening.

Je třeba zabít Sekala
Czechia, Poland, Slovakia, France 1998
109 min.
  • This film is available until 31. 7. 2024 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

Jura Baran, a peasant, prosecuted by the Gestapo, escaped from his native mountains of poor Wallachia to hide in the middle of the Haná plain in Lakotice. As a foreigner, he does not have the trust of the locals. Lakotice is a village of a few buildings, with twelve rich estates scattered among the golden fields of ripening grain, whose owners live in fear of Sekal. He is the illegitimate son of one of the estates. He has had a cruel childhood as a bastard, despised by all, owned nothing, unnoticed by decent girls. Sekal is bitter and cruel, hates everything and everyone. His time has come with the Protectorate. He has already charged two landowners with crimes against the Reich. He got their property for it, they went to a concentration camp and died. The bastard has become the biggest landowner, and he's making it clear that two estates are not enough.

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Director: Vladimír Michálek
Screenplay: Jiří Křižan
Cinematography: Martin Štrba
Music: Michał Lorenc
Sound: Radim Hladík ml., Ivo Špalj
Editing: Jiří Brožek
Production Design: Jiří Sternwald
Producer: Jaroslav Bouček
Co-production: Dariusz Jablonski
Costumes: Mona Hafsahl
Cast: Bogusław Linda, Olaf Lubaszenko, Jiří Bartoška, Agnieszka Sitek, Vlasta Chramostová, Ľudovít Cittel, Martin Sitta, Jiří Holý, Milan Riehs, Anton Šulík st.

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

1998 - Olaf Lubaszenko (Best Actor)

Czech Film Critic Awards

1999 – Vladimír Michálek (Best Feature Film)

Czech Lions

1998 – Jaroslav Bouček (Best Film)

Czech Lions

1998 – Vladimír Michálek (Best Director)

Czech Lions

1998 – Olaf Lubaszenko (Best Actor)

Czech Lions

1998 – Jiří Křižan (Best Screenplay)

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