Actor (Ep. 1)

Peter Bebjak
Slovakia, Czech Republic, 2020, 77 Min

Prague, 1952. Stanislav is a talented amateur actor. He is forced to make a name for himself with roles in Stalinist propaganda pieces. Yet he plans more: he wants to move on to a prestigious theatre and play the roles of characters from the classics. In return he is ready to pay almost any price. And that's what those in power demand in return for a career ...

In this enthralling Czech TV mini-series, director Petr Bebják revives the oppressive atmosphere of fear, distrust and political show trials characteristic of Czechoslovakia in the 1950s. Every little suspicion was capable of destroying whole lives back then. This is also felt by Stanislav who, despite his talent and initial successes, is excluded from his theatre group. The reason is his parents: his mother was considered to be a Nazi collaborator, his father fought for the Western powers during the war. Nevertheless Stanislav doesn't want to give up his big dream of the theatre and receives help from an unexpected source. He meets a stranger who shows him the path to success: Stanislav has to make a sacrifice to the system. It's not very difficult for him first time round; in fact, he hardly suspects whom he is dealing with. In a dramatic final act, however, he appears about to put his happiness in life at risk. Will he ultimately have the courage to make the right decision? CF

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Klára Javoříková
Marek Kráĺovský
Juraj Kuchárek
Juraj Dobrakov
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Kateřina Ondřejková, Rastislav Šesták, Peter Bebjak
DNA Production
Czech Television, Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska
Procházková Jitka
Luboš Kříž
Peter Bebjak

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