Charlatan

Original title: Šarlatán
Director: Agnieszka Holland
Cast: Ivan Trojan, Josef Trojan, Juraj Loj, Jaroslava Pokorná
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Ireland
Year of production: 2020
Length (min): 118
Language: Czech
Subtitles: English
Sales: Cinemart
Section: Opening/Closing Film

A riveting biographical drama inspired by the real life of healer Jan Mikolášek, a man whom thousands of people of all social classes approached for help for decades. Mikolášek, played by Ivan Trojan and his son Josef, is a man without a scientific medical education, but with an inexplicable ability to cure illnesses which even doctors are helpless about. But as a price for his gift, he is plagued by his own demons. The film's world premiere was at 2020 Berlin IFF.

Agnieszka Holland

Graduate of the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and one of the most distinctive female directors of today. Her films have collected three Oscar nominations (Angry Harvest, 1985; Europa Europa, 1990; In Darkness, 2011) and numerous awards. Her TV mini-series Burning Bush (2013) about the events after Jan Palach's death won eleven Czech Lion Awards.

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