Winter Flies

  • Feature
  • 2018
  • 85 Minutes
  • Czech Republic, Slovenia, Poland, Slovakia, France
  • Language: Czech

A teenage rebel and his dorky sidekick careen through the Czech countryside in a stolen Audi in Olmo Omerzu's delightfully unsentimental road movie.

Director: Olmo Omerzu

Screenwriter: Petr Pýcha

Production Company: Endorfilm

Premier Status: Regional premiere


Film Critic

Unreasonable rebellion

Alireza Naraghi

Alireza Naraghi

Winter Flies, a 2018 Czech road movie drama, is a bittersweet comedy that reminds us to enjoy our inner child and the innocent pleasures of youth. The film is the story of two boys, self-assured, rebel 14-year-old Mára and his eccentric, dorky friend Hedus, who are both runaway boys. They get in Mara’s car and set out into the frozen wilderness in search of adventure. They drive through countryside and meet a hitchhiker Bára and decide to give her a ride. Both boys dream about getting more intimate with her, but she locks herself in the car during the night and boys have to sleep outside. Mára reveals to Hedus that he goes to his grandfather who is a retired military officer. Boys eventually get to Mára’s grandfather who suffers a heart attack and they take him to the hospital. Mára is later arrested by two police officers and taken in for interrogation. The film ends when Hedus creates an incident outside the police station allowing Mára to escape.


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Awards

2018: Slovene Film Festival, Best Minority Co-productions, Winner, Slovenia

2018: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Best Director (Winner), Best Film (Nominated), Czech Republic

2019: Palm Springs International Film Festival, Best Foreign Language Film, Nominated, USA


Cast and Crew

Screenwriter: Petr Pýcha

DOP / Camera: Lukás Milota

Editor: Jana Vlcková

Music: Simon Holy, Monika Midriaková, Pawel Szamburski

Sound: Daniel Nemec

Production Designer: Antonin Silar

Producer: Jiri Konecny

Cast: Tomás Mrvík, Jan Frantisek Uher, Eliska Krenková, Zdenek Mucha, Lenka Vlasáková


Director

Olmo Omerzu

Olmo Omerzu was born in 1984 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He is a director and writer, known for Family Film (2015), Winter Flies (2018) and A Night Too Young (2012).

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