email print share on Facebook share on Twitter share on reddit pin on Pinterest

PRODUCTION Czech Republic / Slovakia

Claes Bang and Carice van Houten star in The Glass Room

by 

- An award-winning cast has been lined up for Julius Ševčík’s sophomore feature, a Czech-Slovakian drama

Claes Bang and Carice van Houten star in The Glass Room
Hanna Alström and Carice van Houten in The Glass Room

The 2017 Best Actor EFA winner, Claes Bang, of the Palme d’Or-winning The Square [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ruben Östlund
film profile
]
Carice van Houten, of Game of Thrones fame, Kingsman [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
’s Hanna AlströmRoland Møller, of The Shamer’s Daughter [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 and Atomic Blonde, and Brian Caspe, who starred in Hellboy, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and The Illusionist, have all assembled in front of the camera for Julius Ševčík’s latest feature, The Glass Room. They have been joined by Best European Actress Alexandra Borbély, of On Body and Soul [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ildiko Enyedi
interview: Ildiko Enyedi
interview: Réka Tenki
film profile
]
, and Czech actor Karel Roden (HellboyThe Bourne Supremacy).

(The article continues below - Commercial information)

Ševčík made his debut with A Prominent Patient [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, which was first introduced at the Berlinale and went on to win 12 Czech Lion Awards (see the news), with Karel Roden playing the lead role. Ševčík’s second feature is based on the Man Booker Prize-nominated book of the same name by Simon Mawer, adapted for the big screen by Andrew Shaw

At the centre of the film is the Villa Tugendhat, a landmark situated in the second largest Czech city of Brno, which serves not only as the story’s setting, but also as a distinctive character. The historical drama that sees three love stories unfold inside the villa takes place over the course of the most dramatic moments of the 20th century. The producers have stated that the movie “connects a period story full of twists and dynamic time shifts with a highly visual, poetic and timeless work of art”, adding that The Glass Room is “a saga of one villa”, while the film’s novelty value apparently lies in “its perspective on history set against the backdrop of an architectonic gem”. 

The picture was shot in the actual villa designed by Ludwig van der Rohe, which is listed among UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. Ida [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Pawel Pawlikowski
interview: Pawel Pawlikowski
film profile
]
 and Cold War [+see also:
film review
trailer
Q&A: Pawel Pawlikowski
film profile
]
 editor Jaroslaw Kaminski edited the film, while Spanish composer Javier Naverrete, who was nominated for an Academy Award for the music on Pan’s Labyrinth [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, composed the score. The Glass Room was available for distributors to purchase during this year’s European Film Market in Berlin.

The Glass Room was produced by Rudolf Biermann (IN Film), and co-produced by Czech Television (via creative producer Helena Uldrichová), Investito and Slovak television channel Joj. The project was supported by the City of Brno, JET Investment, the Czech Film Fund and Creative Europe. Due to its international potential, the film was shot in the English language, while a version dubbed into Czech will be released in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Bioscop and Garfield Film are handling the Czech and Slovakian distribution, respectively, releasing the film in local theatres on 14 March.

Did you enjoy reading this article? Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive more stories like this directly in your inbox.