The premiere of the film will take place on October 2
Biographical drama "Charlatan" will close the 11th Odesa International Film Festival, which this year will be held online from 25 September till 3 October. The film, co-produced by the Czech Republic, Ireland, Poland and Slovakia, was directed by Polish director Agnieszka Holland, who received the OIFF Golden Duke in 2017 for Lifetime Achievement.
"Charlatan" is based on the true story of Czech healer Jan Mikolášek who dedicated his life to treating the sick using medicinal plants. Mikolášek won fame and fortune treating celebrities of the interwar, Nazi, and Communist eras with his uncanny knack for “urinary diagnosis”. But his passion for healing welled up from the same source as a lust for cruelty, sadism, and an incapacity for love that only one person could ever quell – his assistant, František. As a show trial threatens to pry open these secrets and undo him, Jan’s dichotomies are put to a final test, with the fate of his life’s only love in the balance.
The premiere of "Charlatan" took place at the 70th Berlin Film Festival as part of the Berlinale Special program.
Also as part of the 11th Odesa International Film Festival Q&A with Agnieszka Holland will take place on October 1. She 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 and started her professional life as assistant director for Krysztof Zanussi and Andrzej Wajda, for whose films she wrote several screenplays. Her directorial debut Provincial Actors was honored by the International Critics’ Jury in its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival 1979.
In 2017, the director became an honorary guest of the 8th OIFF, during which she held a master class and presented her new work "Pokot", the owner of the Berlinale "Silver Bear".