Normalization / ENG version

  • Slovakia
  • Czech Republic
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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


  • Original Title
    Kauza Cervanová / ENG verze
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Robert Kirchhof
  • Cinematography
    Ján Meliš
  • Editing
    Jana Vlčková, Adam Brothánek
  • Music
    Peter Zagar
  • Sound
    Václav Flegl, Michal Gábor
  • Runtime
    100 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Slovakia
    • Czech Republic
  • Format
    • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • 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
    • 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 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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