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by Bohdan Sláma


Study of a group of locals from the working-class district of a small Czech city bearing the scars of industrialisation: the young girl whose boyfriend has emigrated to America, the young boy secretly in love with her, the abandoned mother whose lover can't make up his mind to ask for a divorce, the children who are passed from hand to hand and can't get over their astonishment.

international title: Something Like Happiness
original title: Stestí
country: Czech Republic
sales agent: Wild Bunch
year: 2005
genre: fiction
directed by: Bohdan Sláma
film run: 100'
release date: CZ 15/09/2005, FR 12/04/2006, DE 20/04/2006, IT 12/05/2006
screenplay: Bohdan Sláma
cast: Pavel Liška, Tatiana Vilhelmová, Anna Geislerová, Zuzana Kronerová, Marek Daniel
cinematography by: Diviš Marek
music: Leonid Soybelman
producer: John Riley
production: Negativ Film Productions, Ceská televise (CZ) / ZDF, Das Kleine Fernsehspiel ARTE (DE)
backing: Czech Film Support and Development Fund (Ministry of Culture); Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Eurimages, MEDIA Plus
distributor: Bonton Film (CZ), Why Not (FR), Neue Visionen (DE), BIM (IT), Atlantis Entertainment (HU)


main awards/selection

EFA 2006 selection
San Sebastian International Film Festival, 2005 Golden Shell; Silver Shell for Actress Anna Geislerova
Athens International Film Festival, 2005 Golden Athena
Film Festival Cottbus, 2005 FIPRESCI Prize
Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema, 2005 Best Film

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