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Award-winning director Petr Vaclav’s lush, visually gorgeous historical drama is a stirring biopic of the 18th-century Czech composer Josef Mysliveček. The film chronicles his struggles and triumphs as an outsider trying desperately to make it as an opera composer in cut-throat, cosmopolitan Venice. Mysliveček is a man of talent but also possesses considerable charm, and he’s not above using his multiple sexual conquests to advance his progress from court to court. After one affair with a well-connected woman, he gets his chance: a commission to write an opera for the Teatro di San Carlo, Europe’s largest opera house at the time. But will his work be accepted? Selected as the Czech Republic’s candidate for Best International Feature to the 95th Academy Awards.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    141 minutes
  • Language
    Czech, German, Italian
  • Country
    Czech Republic
  • Subtitle Language
  • Director
    Petr Václav
  • Screenwriter
    Petr Václav
  • Producer
    Jan Macola
  • Co-Producer
    Marco Alessi, Daniel Bergmann, Marek Urban, Libor Winkler, Jan Menclík
  • Cast
    Vojtěch Dyk, Elena Radonicich, Barbara Ronchi
  • Cinematographer
    Diego Romero