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Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Mind the Gap
Country:Czech Republic
Running Time:118 min.
Premiere Status:North American
Director:Agnieszka Holland
Screenwriter:Marek Epstein
Cinematographer:Martin Strba
Cast:Ivan Trojan
Josef Trojan
Juraj Loj
Print Source:Films Boutique
Note Writer:Leah LoSchiavo


Screening note: This digital screening is available to view between 12:01am PT on Friday, October 9, and 11:59pm PT on Sunday, October 18, and is available to ticket buyers and passholders within the state of California.


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What profound secrets live in the heart of a healer? Veteran Polish director Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa; Spoor, MVFF40) explores the deeply complex character of renowned Czech herbalist and healer Jan Mikolášek. A gardener’s son who committed his life to heal thousands of rich and poor patients alike beginning in the 1930s, Mikolášek refused to be called a doctor, though his plant-based treatments and dietary focus can be seen as precursors to contemporary holistic and integrative medicine. A pioneer of this field, Mikolášek was widely mocked as the “oracle of urine,” even as he cured famous figures across Europe. Weaving youthful flashbacks through the trial he endured under Communist rule in the 1950s, Holland doesn’t shy away from the myriad conflicts within Mikolášek’s soul, examining his trauma, shame, sexuality, and faith. Splitting the role of Mikolášek at different points in his life, father-son duo Ivan and Josef Trojan bring this fascinating figure to life with compassion and vitality.


Shown in collaboration with the Telluride Film Festival


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Additional Information

Agnieszka Holland was born in Warsaw and has directed and/or written over thirty films in her illustrious career. She studied directing at FAMU, the Prague Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts. Her directorial debut Provincial Actors was honored by the International Critics’ Jury in its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 1979. In 1993, Holland made the first of many films in the US with The Secret Garden, produced by Francis Ford Coppola. Three of her films have been nominated for Academy Awards®: Bitter Harvest (1986), Europa Europa (1990), and In Darkness (2011).