Shadow Country

How to reconcile with killings committed by your own neighbors? How to face growing evil that nobody stands against? What can human will overcome and what is the value of humility and hope?

Krajina ve stínu
Czechia 2020
  • Czech
135 min.
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

A young, good-looking city girl, Marie, marries into a small Austrian town of Schwarzwald. A little vain for a small-town, she likes to dress up and makes her own clothes. The town is by Austrian border, in the area, forcibly annexed by Czechoslovakia in 1920. Most of the Czech-speaking citizens chose German nationality at the beginning of WW2. While peaceful during the war, the area was swept by violence right after the war. Fourteen wealthiest town inhabitants are forced in front of a people’s court by group of malicious neighbours and murdered. Marie with her two children cross the border into the woods, where they build a temporary shed of branches.

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Director: Bohdan Sláma
Screenplay: Ivan Arsenjev, Bohdan Sláma
Cinematography: Diviš Marek
Music: Jakub Kudláč
Sound: Marek Poledna, Jan Čeněk
Editing: Jan Daňhel
Production Design: Jan Pjena Novotný
Producer: Jindřich Motýl, Martin Růžička
Costumes: Zuzana Krejzková
Cast: Magdaléna Borová, Stanislav Majer, Csongor Kassai, Barbora Poláková, Pavel Nový, Petra Špalková, Zuzana Kronerová, Agi Gubiková
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.