The Play

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    The Play

    Hra

    Directed by

    Czech Republic, Chile, France, South Korea

    2019

    94 min

    • Czech
    • Spanish

    Drama

    Valdivia IFF

    The world of Petr, a young director of a theater in a small Czech town, crumbles after he decides to carry out his dream: to adapt an overly ambitious play based on Euripides’ classic "Fedra".

    During the rehearsals, he loses his two main actors and the Town Hall begins to pressure him to change the play due to its political content. Overwhelmed by his troubles at work and the growing distance with his wife Katerina at home, Petr makes his situation even worse by falling in love with Karolina, the talented, new actress playing the lead.

    As the premiere approaches, life imitates art and, as inevitable as the clouds over the stage of the Greek tragedy he is adapting, Petr’s strength is put to the test. Like an ancient hero, he must make a decision. As a modern man, he must face the consequences.

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    Cast
    Vladimíra Benoni
    Sarah Havacova
    Sarah Hlavácová
    Danica Jurcová
    Ondrej Malý
    Elizaveta Maximová
    Jirí Mádl
    Screenplay
    Alejandro Fernández Almendras
    Cinematography
    Inti Briones
    Editing
    Alejandro Fernández Almendras
    Music
    Pablo Vergara
    Production
    ARIZONA PRODUCTIONS
    Alejandro Fernández Almendras

    Alejandro Fernández Almendras

    Chile

    Film criticism has been key to my work as a filmmaker

    Born in 1971, Chile. Alejandro Fernández Almendras studied journalism and since 2002 has directed several awarded short films. His debut feature HUACHO (2009) premiered in Festival de Cannes and his second film BY THE FIRE (2011) premiered at San Sebastian FF. TO KILL A MAN (2014) won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic at Sundance FF and represented Chile at the Academy and Goya Awards. His film MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (2016) premiered at San Sebastian and Sundance FF. His latest film, THE BEST WE CAN (2018), partially funded by the Jeonju Cinema Project grant, courtesy of the Korean festival, was screened at Jeonju IFF 2018. In 2019 he released his film THE PLAY.

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