Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

BOLERO

Year: 2004
Country: CZECH REPUBLIC
Language: Czech
Run Time: 100 minutes

Like the quick-change tempos in Ravel?s ?Bolero,? this psycho-thriller moves quickly from scene to scene. A classic American-style whodunit, but with Czech attention to composition, design, and detail, this film dances in a circular pattern from a violent drowning to the moments leading up to it. Loosely based on a true event in Bratislava in the 1970s, director Brabec has plucked the politics out of that event and moved it to modern-day Prague, exposing the bones of a murder, and how it changes people?s lives. Marika is a beautiful medical student and a flamenco dancer. When she goes missing after a party, the local police go into gear, but they?re up against parents who want to protect their social-climbing sons, as well as a slew of people who just won?t talk. If the police find out who the murderer is, it will destroy the perverse little structure of one depraved family, render a pregnant woman without a husband, as well as re-open wounds in Marika?s family. Count yourself fairly warned: there is a graphic rape scene.

Screenplay
Mark?ta Zinnerov

Director
F.A. Brabec

Producer
Ivo Pavelek, Jaroslav Ku?era

Cinematography
F.A. Brabec

Editing
Boris Machytka

Principal Cast
Martin Stropnick?, Jan Potm??il, Pavel ?im??k, Kristina Filipov?, Ji?? Barto?ka, David Kraus

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