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You need to feel the spark of liberation even during challenging times: Director Vaclav Kadrnka at IFFI52

‘Saving One Who Was Dead’ is a film of light and hope

Posted On: 26 NOV 2021 6:20PM by PIB Mumbai

Panaji, 26 November, 2021


Even during the most difficult and challenging times in life, we should not lose hope and feel the spark of liberation. Interacting with the media at a Press Conference held on the sidelines of 52nd IFFI today on his film Saving one who was Dead Director Vaclav Kadrnka said the film is of light and hope.

Addressing the Presser, Vaclav said that the film is based on personal experience. “My father had a stroke and he went into coma. My mother and myself tried to bring him back to normal even though the Doctor lost hope”, he said.

The Director further said that it’s not a therapeutic film. “It’s a film of positivity based on my personal experience. It’s a story on how great it feels to love your near and dear and be with him always”, he added.

Briefing about his experience, Vaclav said that first they felt the sorrow of loss and pain, but when they stood firmly, slowly all positive vibes came in. It’s a kind of liberation for his mother and himself in such a dark phase. “He heard every word we told him, he caught all our emotion. After recovering gradually, he shared everything with us. It was an extremely happy moment for us”, he said.

Speaking on public reception of the film, he said people who had similar experiences, came to him and shared their experiences and it was a great feeling.  

Responding to a query on the reaction of his father he said, “My father was very pleased with the film and we had very good discussions on the film, while making.”


Saving One Who Was Dead

(International Competition category)

About the Director: Václav Kadrnka is a Czech filmmaker. After graduation at FAMU, he completed Eighty Letters (2011) his full length feature based on his mother’s letters to his father during his emigration from the communist regime. It premiered at Berlinale. In 2017, he completed his second film Little Crusader which premiered at Karlovy Vary and won the Grand Prix Crystal Globe.

About the Film: After a stroke, Father goes into a coma. The Son and the Mother are suddenly confronted by a motionless body. The person they love is somewhere far away and nobody knows whether he will return. The doctors don’t give them hope. Now the duo concentrate all their strength and start to act. First, they address the Father’s body, but soon realize they must direct their words to something beyond.

It was also selected for Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2021 and Seville European Film Festival 2021.




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