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Vladimír Michálek

Forgotten Light (Zapomenuté svetlo)

Edition 1997
101' - 1997 - Drama - Dialogue: Czech
Director: Vladimír Michálek Composer: Radim Hladik, Michal Dvorák With: Veronika Zilková, Boleslav Polivka, Jiri Pecha, Peter Kavan
In the waning days of the Soviet Empire, the leader of a rural Catholic flock, Father Holy, is fighting to keep the last-gasp commie leaders from closing the aging cathedral that is the heart of his diocese. Clearly a man of faith who is willing to perform such low-yield functions as gypsy christenings, he is no pushover for the local party bosses or the corrupt clerics above him, who have been willing to cut sleazy deals with the Red-era power brokers. His faith is tested by the dire situation he is facing, with the church seemingly doomed to extinction because his parishioners do not have the political of financial juice to stave off the shuttering. He is also becoming beaten down by the sad plight of a local woman he has long secretly loved.

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Vladimír Michálek


Radim Hladik, Michal Dvorák


Veronika Zilková, Boleslav Polivka, Jiri Pecha, Peter Kavan


Jakub Deml, Milena Jelínek

Director of Photography

Martin Duba


Ivana Kacirkova


Alice Nemanska, Jana Tomsova, Ivana Kacirkova

Production studios

Studio Fama 92, Czech Television

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Countries of production

Czech Republic

Screenplay based on

Zapomenuté svetlo (Jakub Deml)



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