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by Petr Zelenka


During the Munich meetings between French premier Édouard Daladier, Neville Chamberlain, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, there was an unnoticed observer – Daladier’s parrot. Now 90 years old, it is invited to Prague by the French Cultural Institute and begins to repeat various derogatory comments (mainly about Czechs) that its master allegedly made during the negotiations. Pavel, a Czech journalist undergoing a midlife crisis, kidnaps the parrot and finds himself at the centre of a political scandal. But what if this isn’t true and we are really watching a film? What are the problems of making a Franco-Czech co-production in which the lead character is a parrot? Why is there a poster of Truffaut’s Day for Night on the wall? And will Jean-Louis Trintignant agree to appear? Petr Zelenka reveals an undiminished sense of the absurd in a film that he suggests ‘you might have to concentrate on’.

international title: Lost in Munich
original title: Ztraceni v Mnichove
country: Czech Republic
year: 2015
genre: fiction
directed by: Petr Zelenka
release date: CZ 22/10/2015
screenplay: Petr Zelenka
cast: Jana Plodková, Marcial Di Fonzo Bo, Jitka Schneiderová, Václav Neužil, Stanislas Pierret, Martin Myšička
cinematography by: Alexander Šurkala
music: Assif Tsahar
producer: Pavel Cechak, Ludvik Marecek, David Ondříček, Miriam Zachar
production: Lucky Man Films
distributor: Falcon
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