Official UK Trailer for Cautionary Tale 'I, Olga' from the Czech Republic
"My verdict is: I, Olga Hepnarová, the victim of your bestiality, sentence you to death penalty." Those were the famous words of a 22-year-old mass murderer, who in 1973 drove a truck into a group of innocent people in Prague. The film I, Olga (titled in full I, Olga Hepnarová) tells her story in black & white, and it's a harrowing cautionary tale about how a careless society and relentless bullying drove this young woman to become a murderer. Michalina Olszanska plays Olga, described as a "complex young woman desperate to break free from her unfeeling family and social conventions." This seems like an intimate story that takes a cold, hard look at how troubling and harsh society can be. And how it turns good people bad. Watch below.
Raised in Prague, Olga Hepnarová was timid by nature, a troubled child with no friends, and frequently bullied by her classmates. Living in a strict family environment, feeling alone and unable to cope with life's issues, she gradually alienated herself. Unable to fit in, she felt a hatred growing inside her towards the indifference of society that left her destroyed. Rejected by everyone and marginalized, she meticulously plotted against society, declaring her intention for revenge against her family and the world… I, Olga Hepnarová is co-written & co-directed by Czech filmmakers Petr Kazda & Tomás Weinreb, both making their feature debut. Based on a story by Roman Cílek. The film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this year. I, Olga will open on MUBI + in UK theaters on November 18th, but still doesn't have a US date yet.
Reader Feedback - 4 Comments
I'm not sure the b&w was necessary, but the movie looks good.
DAVIDPD on Nov 2, 2016
It's a texture of social realism during socialism, when everything was considered to be grey - the atmosphere, the society, people, life, politics, pointless existence... I think that atmosphere of greyness is what film makers were trying to achieve and recreate...
shiboleth on Nov 3, 2016
I'm glad that there's some new freshness in Czech cinema. They make good films. Thank you mr. Billington for this, it looks good ...
shiboleth on Nov 2, 2016
Love the cinematography. Might be worth checking out. Gotta say, though, the lead looks so much like Natalie Portman in Léon: The Professional.
Terry Craig on Nov 2, 2016
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