Occupation (CinEast Festival)
CinEast Festival 2022
Okupace République tchèque 2021 | vostang | 95’ | c | De : Michal Nohejl | Avec : Martin Pechlát, Antonie Formanová, Aleksey Gorbunov, Tomáš Jeřábek
After the premiere, the theatre group gathers in a bar to celebrate. However, the cheerful gathering is interrupted by a drunken Soviet officer.
« Acted – of course – with gusto, whilst hitting a Cold War-era political allegory bluntly on the head. » (Cineuropa)
« The drama – boisterous, bawdy, bloody – makes full use of costumes, characters, and scenarios of the night’s play (set during WWII) both on and off the stage, and the ambiguity (between the 1945 “rescue” by Russia and its 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia) is both part of the fun and part of the horror, creating a peculiar kind of suspense from moment to moment that also unexpectedly spins the film’s theme around as it shifts targets of accusation. » (KinoCaviar.com)