The Return of the Idiot

A slightly chilling film comedy, inspired by the title character of F.M. Dostoyevsky's no­vel, awarded five Czech Lions.

Návrat Idiota
Czechia, Germany 1999
100 min.

Though inspired by the hero of Dostoevsky's The Idiot, the plot of the second feature film by Saša Gedeon has been transferred to the recent past. The protagonist, a sincere young man named František, becomes a catalyst for interpersonal relationships involving two families. He has been recently released from a psychiatric hospital and is trying to return to normal life. Thanks to his innocence of the ‚mature‘ world, he uncovers the minor hypocrisies and lies contained in the everyday dealings of his new friends and his relatives.

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Director: Saša Gedeon
Based on: Fjodor Michajlovič Dostojevskij
Screenplay: Saša Gedeon
Cinematography: Štěpán Kučera
Music: Vladimír Godár
Sound: Jan Čeněk
Editing: Petr Turyna
Production Design: Petr Fořt
Producer: Petr Oukropec
Costumes: Milica Gedeonová
Cast: Pavel Liška, Aňa Geislerová, Tatiana Dyková, Jiří Langmajer, Jiří Macháček, Zdena Hadrbolcová, Jitka Smutná, Pavel Marek, Josef Oplt

Czech Lions

1999 – Petr Oukropec (Best Film)

Czech Lions

1999 – Saša Gedeon (Best Director)

Czech Lions

1999 – Aňa Geislerová (Best Supporting Actress)

Czech Lions

1999 – Saša Gedeon (Best Screenplay)

Czech Lions

1999 – Vladimír Godár (Best Music)

Czech Critics Awards

2000 – Saša Gedeon (Best Feature Film)