I, Olga Hepnarova
Czech and Slovak Film Festival
13 September 2017 - 14 October 2017
Rising Polish actress Michalina Olszańska puts in an astonishing, Czech Lion-winning performance as Olga Hepnarová, the last woman executed in Czechoslovakia, in this gripping true crime story – less a film “about” a notorious mass murderer and more a claustrophobic existential drama.
Olga is a downtrodden, young queer woman in the dreary, austere Prague of the early ‘70s whose coming of age only reinforces her sense of alienation from a society she feels sees her as a “Prügelknabe” – someone who exists simply to be trampled all over.
Olszańska appears in almost every shot, all of them rendered in beautiful black-and-white by renowned Polish cinematographer Adam Sikora, in a film which has drawn comparisons with the work of masters like Robert Bresson and Carl Dreyer.
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