Three Seasons in Hell

The feature debut of acclaimed commercial director Tomáš Mašín is loosely based on the autobiography of the famous leftist writer and philosopher Egon Bondy.

3 sezóny v pekle
Czechia, Slovakia, Germany 2009
116 min.
  • This film is available until 31. 7. 2024 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

1947. Postwar Prague bubbles with life and energy: the period favors sensuality and extravagance. Nineteen-year-old Ivan Heinz is the embodiment of its dreams and ideals: he leaves home and his conservative father to give himself eagerly over to a bohemian lifestyle. Self-satisfied and confrontational, the young man writes poetry and finds understanding with a like-minded, freethinking rebel named Jana. Then together the couple experience the end of hope: after February 1948, the Communist regime, which Ivan once fervently celebrated as an armchair Marxist, reveals its repressive side. The lovers refuse to conform, barely surviving on the fringes of society while planning to run away to Paris. But the clash with merciless reality soon arrives, hard and unexpected…

Director Tomáš Mašín drew inspiration from the autobiography of leftist underground poet, prose writer, and philosopher Egon Bondy. Having gained much from the director’s ex­perience creating acclaimed commercials, the artistically striking retro film took three Czech Lions: Best Camera, Sound, and Actor (Kryštof Hádek).

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Director: Tomáš Mašín
Based on: S. M. Blumfeld, Egon Bondy
Screenplay: Tomáš Mašín
Cinematography: Karl Oskarsson
Music: Filip Jelínek
Sound: Pavel Rejholec, Jakub Čech, Martin Jílek
Editing: Petr Turyna
Production Design: Martin Kurel
Producer: Monika Kristl
Co-production: Patrik Pass, Pavel Rejholec, Charlie Woebcken
Costumes: Katarína Hollá
Cast: Kryštof Hádek, Karolina Gruszka, Martin Huba, Jan Kraus, Tomasz Tyndyk, Luboš Kostelný, Táňa Pauhofová, Miroslav Krobot

Czech Lions

2010 – Kryštof Hádek (Best Actor)

Czech Lions

2010 – Karl Oskarsson (Best Cinematography)

Czech Lions

2010 – Pavel Rejholec, Jakub Čech (Best Sound)

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

2010 – Tomáš Mašín (Don Quixote Award)

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