Scene from the film Eighty Letters
Scene from the film Eighty Letters
Scene from the film Eighty Letters
Scene from the film Eighty Letters
Scene from the film Eighty Letters
Scene from the film Eighty Letters
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Eighty Letters

  • Czech Republic
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29 March 1987. Director Václav Kadrnka reconstructs a single day in communist Czechoslovakia as he, himself, had experienced it as a 14-year-old boy. Adolescent Vašek accompanies his determined mother as she tries to gather the necessary documents and permits which will allow them both to travel outside the Iron Curtain. His mother spends every spare minute writing to her husband, who recently emigrated for political reasons to Great Britain. Yet an intense unexpressed bond continues between her and her son.... In this stylistically and formally exceptional piece, the debuting filmmaker hardly makes any references to period lifestyles or actualities, thus shifting the story towards the realm of abstract existential drama. The economical, finely wrought narrative of a divided family examines the spiritual message pervading their sense of nostalgia and yearning.


  • Original Title
    Osmdesát dopisů
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Jiří Soukup, Václav Kadrnka
  • Cast
    Zuzana Lapčíková, Martin Pavluš
  • Cinematography
    Braňo Pažitka
  • Editing
    Pavel Kolaja
  • Music
    Ondřej Krajňák
  • Runtime
    75 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Finále Plzeň, Czech republic, 2011
    • Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2012
    • Berlinale 2011
  • Awards
    • Finále Plzeň, Czech republic, 2011 - Best Feature film
    • Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2012 - Silver Alexander, The Special Jury Award, FIPRESCI is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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