Films in Development
17-year-old boy best friends Michal and Juraj leave their home village of Spis in Slovakia to join a Seminary in Bratislava. Upon arrival, the boys begin their training and soon learn about the corruption of the church under the communist government. Juraj gets inspired by the ‘secret church’ who are not restricted by the Slovakian government and believe the only God they should follow is God.
High on a Czechoslovak hill, the Landauer House shines as a marvel of steel and glass and onyx. Built specially for newlyweds Viktor and Liesel Landauer, a Jew married to a gentle, it is one of the wonders of modernist architecture. In the 30s, parties and social gatherings take place in the house hosted by Liesel and her best friend Hana. Both Hana’s and Liesel’s marriages seem to be stumbling and the feelings between the two women seem to be deeper than friendship.
The script is divided in three sub-plots, all linked but set in three different periods. In the first story set in 1993, Stojan, a war refugee and a former army officer, receives a halo as a gift from God. His wife Nada forces him to sin, she wants him to get rid of this gift and unwanted attention from the neighbours. This good man finds it hard to commit even the smallest sins. But gradually, from smaller to bigger sins, for the first time in his life Stojan starts to enjoy himself.
Dennis is a young man in modern-day Moscow who knows how to get by. He has just left a psychiatric clinic, where he was treated, unsuccessfully, for a rare disease: a total numbness to pain. He lives with his mother, who tries to appear younger than her age. She is divorced, and Dennis seems to be the only man in her life.
Barbara is a 30-year-old disabled woman. For several years her secret, well known to a few, has been that she has been a prostitute in a disability centre where the men who have problems with their motor functions and learning disabilities benefit from her services, with the tacit assent of some doctors and professionals. Because of this, Barbara is able to live in a house, alone.