Original title: Služobníci
Director: Ivan Ostrochovský
Screenplay: Marek Lesčák
Cast: Samuel Skyva, Samuel Polakovič, Zvonko Lakvčevič, Vladimir Strinsko
Country: Slovakia, Czech Republic, Ireland, Romania
Year of production: 2019
Length (min): 80
Language: Slovak
Subtitles: Czech, English
Sales: Aerofilms
Section: Profile: Mike Downey, Special Screening: Jury
Sponsors: Slovenský inštitút v Prahe

Michal and Juraj are theological seminary students in the totalitarian Czechoslovakia of the 1980s. Their teachers worry that the regime could shut the school down, so they urge the students to behave in such a way that would be satisfactory for the Communist Party. Both young men are nearing a tough decision. Will they succumb to temptation, choose the easier way and submit to pressure, or will they refuse to bow down and be forced to face the ever-vigilant Big Brother?

Ivan Ostrochovský

The Slovak filmmaker graduated in audio-visual studies and documentary film in Bratislava, and continued working there as a director and producer. After several documentaries, he directed his first live-action film, Koza (2015), which premiered at Berlin IFF. He worked on his latest film, Servants, as a screenwriter, director and producer. The film premiered at last year's Berlinale and won Prague IFF – Febiofest 2020.

With support

Slovenský inštitút v Prahe

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