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Normalization  //  Kauza Cervanová (Orig.)

DIR: Robert Kirchhoff
2013 / Czech Republic, Slovakia / 100 min

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Only a moment ago, 19-year-old medical student Ludmilla Cervanova had smiled into the camera. Her body was found in a river in a small Slovak town in 1976. Seven men were responsible for the horrifying rape and death of the girl. Fortunately, the perpetrators were apprehended and condemned. But though Ludmilla was drowned alive, oddly enough no signs of violence could be found on the body. Though the murderers have been in prison for years, not one of them can remember the terrible crime. Though a number of witnesses confirmed the innocence of the condemned men, none of them was heard in court. Robert Kirchhoff lets these people talk; many others fall silent when faced with his questions about plausible facts. He delves deeply into a case that has remained an unsolved puzzle in Slovak history until today. He reconstructs a “map of events” and paints a picture that shows power, its abuse, manipulation, the perfidiousness of intelligence services and the political machinations of a country. “Normalization” demonstrates in the best sense what film is capable of. And the truth is still concealed behind the innocent smile of a 19-year-old girl. Claudia Lehmann

About

Director Robert Kirchhoff
Screenplay Robert Kirchhof
Dir. of Photography Ján Meliš
Editing Jana Vlčková, Adam Brothánek
Music Peter Zagar
Sound Václav Flegl, Michal Gábor
Duration 100 min
Year 2013
Country Czech Republic, Slovakia
Colour Colour, Black & White
Tags crime, political, society, totalitarianism
Production ATELIER.DOC, Česká televize, Hypermarket Film…
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Distribution ATELIER.DOC
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Address:  Staré grunty 61
City:  84104 Bratislava
Country:  Slovakia
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Phone:  00421260202016
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Festivals

Cinematik 2013


IDFF Ji ...

Cinematik 2013


IDFF Ji.hlava 2013, Czech Republic


DOK Leipzig 2013, Germany


IFF Warsaw 2013


One World 2014, Czech Republic


It´s All True 2014, USA


One World Romania 2014


Crossing Europe 2014, Linz, Austria

Awards

Best Documentary - Cinematik 2013 ...

Best Documentary - Cinematik 2013


Between The Seas - Best Central and Eastern European Documentary Film - Special Mention - IDFF Ji.hlava 2013, Czech Republic


Honorary Mention, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - DOK Leipzig 2013, Germany


Special Mention - Crossing Europe 2014, Linz, Austria



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