Family Film

Czech Republic | 2015 | 95 minutes | Olmo Omerzu

The members of a Czech family find themselves lost at sea, literally and figuratively, when a couple leave their children alone to go on vacation in this droll black comedy where everyone, even the family dog, must face the dangers of independence.

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Family Film is an ambitious, tense, and compellingly resonant study of the inner workings of a family. Parents Igor and Irena have been dreaming about tropical palm trees and sailing in the Indian Ocean. Instead of taking their kids with them, they take the family dog Otto (played by talented dogs Flek and Perth), who soon becomes an important player in their survival. Staying home alone in their house in Prague is no big deal for teens Anna and Erik—Anna even invites her outspoken, rebellious friend Kristyna to stay with them, much to the delight of impressionable Erik. But when they lose contact with their parents, whose boat has capsized and left Otto and them lost at sea, unexpected dramas begin rapidly unfolding for the entire family. Inspired in part by a news story about a dog surviving on an abandoned island for weeks after a bad storm and co-produced by five countries (Czech Republic, Germany, France, Slovenia, and Slovakia), Family Film is an unpredictable and irresistible study of a family struggling to stay together amid tragedy, shown through three separate stories.

Director Biography
Olmo Omerzu directed his first short feature, produced by RTV Slovenia, at age 13—a story about a boy, a war refugee from Bosnia, adopted by a Slovenian family which turns out to be of vampire descent.

  • Original Language Title: Rodinny Film
  • Director: Olmo Omerzu
  • Principal Cast: Karel Roden, Vanda Hybnerová, Daniel Kadlec, Jenovéfa Boková, Eliska Krenkova, Martin Pechlát
  • Premiere Status: North American Premiere
  • Country: Czech Republic, Germany, Slovenia, France, Slovakia
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 95 minutes
  • Producer: Jiri Konecny
  • Screenplay: Olmo Omerzu, Nebojša Pop-Tasić
  • Cinematographers: Lukáš Milota
  • Editors: Janka Vlčková
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Tokyo International Film Festival 2015 (Best Artistic Contribution)
  • Filmography: A Night Too Young (2012)
  • Language: Czech
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Cercamon