The Killing of a Journalist

In February 2018 Slovakia was shaken by the cold-blooded murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée. This Danish documentary coproduction unravels the tentacles of the Slovak mafia and much else besides, and this from a valuable foreign perspective.

Kuciak: Vražda novinára
Denmark, Czechia, United States 2022
  • Czech
  • English
  • hearing impaired
102 min.
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

A young investigative journalist and his fiancée are brutally murdered in their home in Slovakia. Their deaths inspire the biggest protests in Slovakia since the fall of communism. The story takes an unexpected turn when a source leaks the secret murder case file to the murdered journalist’s co­lleagues. It includes the computers and encrypted communications of the assassination’s a­lleged mastermind, a businessman closely connected to the country’s ruling party. Trawling these encrypted messages, journalists discover that their country has been captured by corrupt oligarchs, judges and law enforcement officials. A reckoning awaits.

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Director: Matt Sarnecki
Cinematography: Anna Smoroňová
Music: Kristian Eidnes Andersen
Sound: Marek Poledna
Editing: Janus Billeskov Jansen
Producer: Signe Byrge Sørensen
Co-production: Thor Hampus Bank, Jitka Kotrlova, Zuzana Kucerova
Cast: Robert Fico, Andrej Kiska, Robert Kaliňák

Zurich Film Festival

2022 – Matt Sarnecki (Special Mention International Documentary Film)

One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

2023 – Matt Sarnecki (Audience Award)

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