Section: Feature Film Competition



Teodor Kuhn
Slovakia, Czech Republic, 2019, 90 Min

A political thriller focused on a father who fights for justice for his son, the victim of a neo-Nazi knife attack, and thus finds himself in a battle against the odds of shadowy justice system. Why is no lawyer willing to take up his cause? What is a mafia boss doing in the court room? How does he know the accused? What about the judge, does he know her as well?

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His father was the last person to see him on the night on his graduation party. They argued as usual, the son leaves the house to get some fresh air and then: he is dead. Driven by a never-ending sense of guilt the father wants to see the victims brought to justice. Akin to a man possessed, he confronts a web of indifference, judicial irregularities and mafia involvement, in the process of which he becomes increasingly alienated from his wife and daughter.

The dark atmosphere of the film is matched by its dark, blue and grey tones and the anonymous ambience of the huge seventies-era complex in which one can easily get lost. Inspired by the unsolved murder of a Bratislava University student back in 2005, Teodor Kuhn's feature film celebrated its premiere on the first anniversary of the brutal murder of up-and-coming investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová. CF

DCP | Farbe / colour
Jakub Medvecký, Teodor Kuhn
Denisa Buranová
Tobias Potočný
Pavel Hrdlička
Michal Lošonský
Michal Novinski
Roman Luknár, Ela Lehotská, David Hartl, Ela Štefunková, Marián Mitaš, Miroslav Krobot
Jakub Viktorín
Radio and Television Slovakia
Wide Management
Matthias Angoulvant

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Teodor Kuhn

Teodor Kuhn - born in 1988 in Bratislava, today Slovakia. He graduated in directing at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. His short films have received several awards. BY A SHARP KNIFE is his feature film debut. In addition to filmmaking, he is involved in the Slovak Skatboarding Association and digital education.

LOST CHILDREN (2011, short)
MOMO (2012, short)
VOX POPULI (2014, short)
I AM SORRY (2015, short)

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