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by Tomás Lunák


It is the end of summer, 1989. Alois Nebel works as a train dispatcher at a small railway station in the Sudetenland, a mountainous region on the Czechoslovak border. He is a loner who prefers old timetables to people, and he finds the loneliness of the station tranquil – except when the fog rolls in. Then he hallucinates, seeing ghosts and shadows from the dark past of this region where after World War II harsh revenge was exacted on the German population. Alois cannot get rid himself of these nightmares and with the help of the railway worker Wachek, who is eyeing Alois’ job, he eventually ends up in a mental health institute. There he gets to know The Mute, a mysterious man carrying an old photograph who was arrested by the police after crossing the border. Not even electroshocks would make him speak and the policemen are unable to find out why he came to the Sudetenland or who he was looking for. One day The Mute takes his chance and escapes into the woods. Alois gets better and leaves the institute...

original title: Alois nebel
country: Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia
sales agent: The Match Factory
year: 2011
genre: animation
directed by: Tomás Lunák
film run: 84'
release date: CZ 29/09/2011, FR 14/03/2012, DE 12/12/2013
cast: Miroslav Krobot, Marie Ludvikova, Leoš Noha, Karel Roden
cinematography by: Baset Jan Strítezský
film editing: Petr Riha
art director: Henrich Boraros
producer: Milan Kuchynka, Pavel Strnad
production: Negativ Film Productions, Czech Television, Pallas Film GmbH
backing: MEDIA Programme
distributor: Aerofilms, ARP Sélection, Neue Visionen Filmverleih GmbH


main awards/selection

Biennale di Venezia 2011Out of competition
Toronto International Film Festival 2011
Warsaw Film Festival 2011
London Film Festival 2011
Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2011
Angers Film Festival 2012
Luxembourg City Film Festival 2012
Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2012
Leeds International Film Festival 2012
Cinedays Film Festival 2012
Portland International Film Festival 2013

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