We Have Never Been Modern

  • Czech Republic | 2023| Czech| 117'| Colour
  • Original Title: ÚSVIT
  • Director: Matěj Chlupáček
  • Producer: Maja Hamplová, Matěj Chlupáček
  • Screenplay: Miro Šifra
  • DoP: Martin Douba
  • Cast: Eliška Křenková, Miloslav König, Milan Ondrík, Richard Langdon, Martha Issová, Luboš Veselý, Ladislav Hampl, Marián Mitaš


Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2023

Award: Crystal Globe Competition, Karlovy Vary 2023

Synopsis: Together with her husband she came to build a utopian world in the middle of pure nature. Helena, the pregnant wife of the factory manager, is about to give birth and her family is facing a rosy future in a modern city. But all her illusions will soon perish. All it takes is the dead body of a newborn hermaphrodite to be found in the middle of their factory. Helena needs to find out what happened here for the safety of her own child, but she runs into her own prejudices... The story is inspired by the true story of intersex people in the 1930s, shortly before the war destroyed everything.

Directors Bio: Born in 1994, Matej debuted as a director with ‘Touchless’ (2013). He has since helmed various TV series and earned a 2021 Czech Film & Television Academy Award for "Rats," an original perspective on a young drug dealer and police informant. His second feature film, "We Have Never Been Modern," inspired by intersex history in the 1930s, is slated for a fall 2023 release. Matej also wears the hats of a commercial director and producer. He manages Barletta, a global production company collaborating with industry giants like HBO Max, Canal+, AMC US, Wild Bunch, TV Nova, Czech Television, ZDF, and more.

Sales Agent: Level K

History | Mystery | Detective
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