Czerwony Kapitan (The Red Captain), a Czech-Slovak-Polish co-production directed by Michal Kollár and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, was released theatrically in the Czech Republic and Slovakia on March 10, 2016.

Czerwony Kapitan (The Red Captain)

The film is set in 1992, in the tumultuous times immediately following the Velvet Revolution, during the disintegration of Czechoslovakia. A skeleton with signs of torture is discovered at a construction site. Richard Krauz (played by Maciej Stuhr), a young and ambitious homicide investigator, is intrigued by this dreadful discovery and desperately tries to solve the mystery; his only clue is a skull with a nail hammered into it.

As he follows the clues and trails, Krauz discovers new pieces of the puzzle that seems to link the Czechoslovakian security police to the new police and some Church officials.

Czerwony Kapitan (The Red Captain) is a contemporary mystery story, filled with car chases and fight scene, inspired by the best examples of American crime movies, while remaining original with its unique Eastern European vibe. Director Michal Kollár’s inspirations include films by Polish helmer Władysław Pasikowski.

Theatrical Release in the Czech Republic and Slovakia

Czerwony Kapitan (The Red Captain) was released theatrically in the Czech Republic and Slovakia on March 10, 2016. The film’s Czech title is Rudý kapitán, while distribution in the Czech Republic is handled by A-Company. The film’s title in Slovakia is Červený kapitán, with distribution handled by Forum Film.

An Adaptation of a Book by Dominik Dán

Czerwony Kapitan (The Red Captain) is an adaptation of Dominik Dán’s bestselling novel, which sold over half a million copies. The book was published in Poland in autumn 2015 by the Media Rodzina publishing house.

Starring: Maciej Stuhr

The film’s leading man Richard Krauz is played by Polish actor Maciej Stuhr, with supporting performances by Oldřich Kaiser, Marián Geišberg, and Martin Finger. The film was lensed by Kacper Fertacz, known for his work on Ostatnia rodzina, Hardkor Disko (Hardcore Disco), and Deep Love).

International Co-Production Supported by the Polish Film Institute

The film is an international co-production between Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland, with the three respective producers being Sokol Kollar, Fog’n’Desire, and Mental Disorder 4 (Agnieszka Kurzydło). The film was co-produced with the Krakow Festival Office, and filmed in Bratislava, Prague, and Krakow. Czerwony Kapitan (The Red Captain) was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.

Polish Premiere Scheduled for Summer 2016

According to the Krakow Film Commission, Czerwony Kapitan (The Red Captain) will be released theatrically in Poland in the summer of 2016.

Source: www.film-commission.pl.

The film’s official website in Slovakia: www.cervenykapitan.sk.

Translated by Karolina Kołtun