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by Tomáš Mašín


In October 1953, five friends decide to leave communist Czechoslovakia and get to West Berlin. They manage to cross the guarded border but are soon detected in East German territory. Unknowingly, they initiate the largest armed manoeuvre since WW2; twenty thousand German Police and Soviet Army members are mobilised, all because of five teenage boys. After an extensive hunt, two members of the group are caught and, after extradition to Czechoslovakia, executed. In the following week, with no shelter, food, or rest, the remaining three, the Mašín brothers and their injured friend Milan Paumer, finally make it to West Berlin. They save themselves but the regime will have its vengeance on their families.

international title: Brothers
original title: Bratri
country: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany
sales agent: The Yellow Affair
year: 2023
genre: fiction
directed by: Tomáš Mašín
film run: 135'
release date: CZ 26/10/2023, SK 26/10/2023
screenplay: Marek Epstein
cast: Oskar Hes, Jan Nedbal, Adam Ernest, Tatiana Dyková, Stefan Konarske, Tony Masek, Karolina Lea Novakova, Matyáš Řezníček, Václav Neužil, Matej Hádek
cinematography by: Friede Clausz
film editing: Petr Turyna
art director: Milan Býček
costumes designer: Ján Kocman
music: Karel Havlicek
producer: Petr Bílek
co-producer: Benny Drechsel, Zuzana Mistríková
production: FilmBrigade, PubRes, Rohfilm GmbH
distributor: CinemArt, CinemArt SK

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