Eighty Letters is autobiographically based. The source of the film are the memories of the director and the surviving correspondence between his parents. The story takes place in Czechoslovakia in 1987. The father has defected to England and the mother and her son are planning to leave the country to be reunited with him. Husband, wife, child – even at a distance they are still together, but the forced break-up of any family is an abnormal situation. The events of the film are viewed from the boy’s perspective, the exasperated gaze of one lacking experience, his initiation in the course of this single day - the film. It is the day when the youth gets a glimpse of adulthood and overcomes fear. His mother’s movements are part of an intensified daily routine, as she maps it out hour by hour. It is a battlefield situation for her. She is on her way, her son catches up with her on that path, but she must act alone if they are to achieve completeness together.
- Golden Kingfisher, Finále, festival of Czech films
- Silver Alexander & FIPRESCI Prize, Thessaloniki IFF
- Zuzana Lapčíková
- Martin Pavluš
- Jiří Soukup
- Václav Kadrnka
- Braňo Pažitka
- VACLAV KADRNKA
Václav Kadrnka (born 1973 in Zlín, Czechoslovakia) emigrated with his family to the United Kingdom where he studied theatre in 1988 and studied feature film directing at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague, 1999-2008. His feature debut, EIGHTY LETTERS (2011), premiered in the Forum section at Berlin and was successful on the festival circuit (Thessaloniki, Vancouver, Denver, Linz, Copenhagen, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, KVIFF, Gijon, etc.) The film won the Silver Alexander, the Grand Jury Award and FIPRESCI Award at the Thessaloniki 2011 and other awards. In 2017, his second feature LITTLE CRUSADER, premiered at Karlovy Vary IFF and won the Grand Prix – Crystal Globe for Best Feature Film. Since 2014 he has taught at FAMU.