UKJFF Special Screening: Protektor
2009/ Czech Republic & Germany/ 98 mins/Dir. Marek Najbrt
In this stylish and intriguing drama set in German-occupied Prague in the late 1930s, a young socialite couple realise that their ‘jet-set’ lifestyle is coming to an abrupt end…
As the situation for Czech Jews worsens and Hana, the Jewish wife and actress, is no longer safe, her husband, Emil, a well known radio broadcaster, agrees to collaborate with the occupiers in order to protect the woman he adores. When Emil becomes the official voice of Nazi propaganda, the couple enter a dark and dangerous labyrinth from which there may be no way out. Director Najbrt elegantly marries classic film noir and contemporary style in a fresh, cool and somewhat provocative take on the role of artists and intellectuals caught up in the Nazi web.
Czech Republic’s Official Entry for Best Foreign Language Film to the 82nd Academy Awards®
Winner: Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actress, Czech Film Academy Awards 2009
A screening in collaboration with the UK Jewish Film Festival.