In the opening shots of Katka, all is still well: a beautiful, curly-haired girl is smiling at the mirror and the viewer. Katka opens up to the camera about her future plans. Her background is modest, but dreams have wings.
The director, Helena Třeštíková, follows Katka for more than a decade. The downward spiral of the young woman is steep. Needle marks fill up her thinning arms, forcing her to look for veins in her thighs and translucent hips.
The film has extraordinary intensity, and the protagonist’s seemingly inescapable requiem for her dreams shakes the viewer to the core. Only the passing relief from the drugs matters, everything else is a battle for survival. Katka wants to get clean. She checks into rehab, but relapses. Then come the big news: she is going to be a mother. What could be more powerful motivation for rehab than your child? Katka wants to try. Her wings are still there. Weak and torn, but still there.
Saija Holm (Translation: Liina Härkönen)
Q&A with Helena Třeštíková (director) on Friday 01.02. at 18:00 at Andorra
- Director: Helena Třeštíková
- Country: Czech Republic
- Year: 2010
- Length: 90 min
- Age limit: K16
- Format: 35 mm
- Cinematography: Vlastimil Hamerník, Kristián Hynek, Martin Kubala
- Editing: Jakub Hejna
- Music: Tadeáš Věrčák
- Production: Kateřina Černá, Pavel Strnad / Negativ Film Productions
- Andorra: Fri 1.2. at 18.00