The Word

The film follows the story of Václav and Věra, who have given their word that they will always stand by each other and not cross their moral boundaries. However, the time around 1968 puts their mutual promise to a severe test.

Czechia, Poland, Slovakia 2022
100 min.
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

Beata Parkanová, the filmmaker behind the critically acclaimed film Moments (East of the West Competition 2018), returned to Karlovy Vary with an exceptionally vivid portrait of the family of Václav Vojíř, a respected notary and small-town authority, and his self-sacrificing spouse Věra. While husband and wife are quite dissimilar from one another, in their disposition they share not only a serene, pure form of love alongside tenderness and affability, but also mutual respect and admirable ethical principles. This masterfully told and highly original intimate drama about the power of the given word, whose protagonists – inspired by the director’s fo­rebears – undergo a difficult ordeal in the summer of 1968, is reinforced by finely wrought, exquisite performances from Martin Finger and Gabriela Mikulková.

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Director: Beata Parkanová
Screenplay: Beata Parkanová
Cinematography: Tomáš Juríček
Music: Jan P. Muchow
Sound: Viktor Krivosudský
Editing: Alois Fišárek
Production Design: Jan Vlček
Producer: Vojtěch Frič, Ondřej Kulhánek, Maroš Hečko, Peter Veverka
Co-production: Anna Gawlita, Ondřej Zach
Costumes: Jan Vlček
Cast: Martin Finger, Gabriela Mikulková, Jenovéfa Boková, Boleslav Polívka, Vladimír Polívka, Ondřej Sokol, Petra Hřebíčková, Taťjana Medvecká, Ján Jackuliak, Antonie Formanová, Marek Geišberg

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

2022 – Beata Parkanová (Best Director)

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

2022 – Martin Finger (Best Actor)

  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.