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The year is 1980. Michal and Juraj are students at a theological seminary in totalitarian Czechoslovakia. Fearing the dissolution of their school, the tutors are moulding the students into a shape satisfactory to the ruling Communist Party.

Each of the young seminarians must decide if he will give into the temptation and choose the easier way of collaborating with the regime, or if he will subject himself to draconian surveillance by the secret police.

Servants screened in official selection at the 2020 Berlinale.


  • Encounters Award, Berlin International Film Festival, Berlin, Germany, 2020
  • Best Directorial Debut, Camerimage, Toruń, Poland, 2020
  • Prix de la mise en scene for Best Direction, Festival International de Film Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France, 2020
  • Prix de la musique originale for Best Original Score, Festival International de Film Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France, 2020
  • Georges Delerue Prize for Best Original Music and Sound Design, Ghent International Film Festival, Ghent, Belgium, 2020
  • Grand Prix for Best Film, Ghent International Film Festival, Ghent, Belgium, 2020
  • Best Film, International Film Festival & Awards Macao, China, 2020
  • Louve d'Or for Best Film, Montréal Festival of New Cinema, Quebec, Canada, 2020
  • Special Jury Mention, International Program, Odesa International Film Festival, Ukraine, 2020
  • Golden Duke, International Competition, Odesa International Film Festival, Ukraine, 2020
  • New Waves Award for Best Film, Seville European Film Festival, Seville, Spain, 2020
  • Bronze Horse for Best Film, Stockholm Film Festival, Stockholm, Sweden, 2020
  • Golden Spike for Best Film, Valladolid International Film Festival, Valladolid, Spain, 2020
  • Ribera de Duero Award for Best Director, Valladolid International Film Festival, Valladolid, Spain, 2020
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