In 1973 Prague, Olga Hepnarová, 22-years old, drove a truck into a crowd killing eight people while describing this act, in a letter to the Newspapers, as a revenge against family and society. Convicted and then terminated in 1975, she was the last woman executed in Czechoslovakia.

Not your typical Fantasia Film Fest flick treatment, but Petr Kazda & Tomás Weinreb’s Já, Olga Hepnarová is an absorbing drama carefully shot in glorious Black and White by talented Polish (this is a Czech-Slovak-Polish prod) cinematographer Adam Sikora.

Through depiction of life events, we are witnesses to the slow build up leading to the tragedy. Most of it lies on the frail shoulders of Sikora’s fellow country woman, actress Michalina Olszanska who’s pretty convincing.

Overall Já, Olga Hepnarová is charged with an aura of bitterness, eroticism and dormant violence that succeed in creating a climax until the inexorable.

It is a strong Artistic film.


Fantasia screening: July 25, 3:00 PM

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