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***1st Runner-Up, Audience Award***

2020 Oscar® Selection, Czech Republic.

In this richly drawn biopic, celebrated Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland (EUROPA EUROPA, MR. JONES, SPOOR) explores the exceptional life and work of Czech herbalist and healer Jan Mikolášek (1889–1973), who became widely known for his remarkable skill and expertise in applying natural remedies. Generous with his abilities, Mikolášek (Ivan Trojan, IN THE SHADOW) treats the poor and wealthy alike, never turning away a patient — even if that means accepting the occupying Nazi forces into his office. Prosecuted for charlatanism by the subsequent Communist government, Mikolášek finds his morals being put to the test as the secret police delve into his private life and his relationship with his assistant František (Juraj Loj), with whom he shares far more than a love of herbal medicine. With a screenplay by Marek Epstein (IN THE SHADOW), Holland once again explores the link between the private and the political, and the relationship between ideological machinations and the story of an extraordinary figure. Official Selection, 2020 Berlin, Sofia, Mill Valley and Chicago film festivals.

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  • Year
  • Runtime
    118 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Czech Republic, Ireland, Poland, Slovakia
  • Rating
  • Note
    With English subtitles.
  • Director
    Agnieszka Holland
  • Screenwriter
    Marek Epstein
  • Producer
    Šárka Cimbalová, Kevan Van Thompson
  • Cast
    Ivan Trojan, Juraj Loj