The year is 1980.

Michal and Juraj are students at a theological seminary in totalitarian Czechoslovakia. Fearing the dissolution of their school, the tutors are moulding the seminarians into a shape satisfactory to the ruling Communist Party. Each of the young students must decide if he will give in to the temptation and choose the easier way of collaborating with the regime, or if he will subject himself to draconian surveillance by the secret police.


Born in 1972 in Žilina, Slovakia, Ivan Ostrochovský studied documentary directing and worked as a director and producer in Bratislava. After making several short documentaries and series, he directed his first feature-length documentary, Velvet Terrorists, which premiered at the 2014 Berlinale and won several awards. His debut fiction feature film, Koza, screened at the Berlinale in 2015, received various awards and was selected as Slovakia’s 2016 Oscar entry.

  • Ivan Ostrochovský
  • Slovakia, Romania, Czech Republic
  • 2020
  • Fic.
  • 80’
  • Sub. PT/ENG



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