Additional Film Info

Czech Republic/Slovakia, 2017
Slovak, 87mins
1:1,85, Colour
moloko Film, Czech Republic
BFILM, Slovakia

Synopsis & Trailer

Filthy is the coming-of-age story of the seventeen year-old Lena. In love with a boy for the first time, Lena longs for freedom and adventure. Her world is shattered instantly when her teacher, whom all her classmates have a crush on, rapes her in her own home. Instead of sharing her trauma, Lena keeps it a secret, even from her best friend. Her pent up feelings drive her to attempt suicide. With her family in shock, Lena ends up in a psychiatric ward.

Among wild and similarly misunderstood kids, she discovers she is not alone in her experience. But when her roommate and the only person in the ward she likes hangs herself, Lena hits the bottom.  She agrees to electroconvulsive therapy.  At first, it seems to help and – apart from memory loss – Lena is well again.  But the attempt to live her old life does not last long.  Gradually, her memories come to the surface, bringing a realisation that is unbearable. This time, however, she does not fall into the same abyss of self-hate and instead tries to face the trauma.

Tereza Nvotová

Tereza was born and grew up in Bratislava and currently lives in Prague. She is about to graduate from FAMU as with a Master’s in Direction. Filthy is her feature film debut. She also directs documentary movies for Czech and Slovak Public TV and is recently working on her second feature documentary about former Slovak PM Vladimir Mečiar in coproduction with HBO Europe. Tereza also writes and works as an actor in feature films.

Directors, Producers and Crew

Director - Tereza Nvotová
Writer - Barbora Námerová
Story - Barbora Námerová and Tereza Nvotová
BFILM - Peter Badač, Eva Pa
moloko film - Miloš Lochman, Karel Chvojka
Cinematographer - Marek Dvořák
Editor - Jiří Brožek, Michal Lánský, Janka Vlčková
Sound Design - Ludvík Bohadlo
Original Music - Pjoni and Ink Midget
Production and Costume Designer Andrijana Trpković
Executive Producer Dominika Fáberová


The Best Fiction Feature Film - 14th Neisse Film Festival, Germany
Blue Angel for Best Female Performance - 25th Art Film Fest, Košice, Slovakia
Audience Award JOJ Cinema for Best European Film - 25th Art Film Fest, Košice, Slovakia
Golden Lynx for Best Fiction Feature Film - FEST - New Directors New Films 2017, Espinho, Portugal
AFCA Award for the Best Feature Film - Czech and Slovak Film Festival 2017, Australia
Meeting Point Best Feature Award - 62nd Semana International de Cine, Valladolid, Spain
Best Fiction Film - Famufest 2017, Prague, Czech Republic
Best Cinematography - Famufest 2017, Prague, Czech Republic
Best Realized Screenplay - Famufest 2017, Prague, Czech Republic
Award of the Tatra banka Foundation for Art - Young Talent in the category Film and TV, Slovakia
Wiesbaden Youth Film Competition Award for young talent - Exground Film Festival 30, Wiesbaden, Germany
Audience Award - Exground Film Festival 30, Wiesbaden, Germany
Best Fiction Film - Czech Film Critics Award 2017, Czech Republic
Prix du Jury jeune, Prix de la Presse, Prix du Public - Festival À l'Est du Nouveau, 2018, France

International Film Festival Rotterdam 2017, Netherlands
22nd International Film Festival Vilnius 2017, Lithuania
24th Febiofest - International Film Festival Prague 2017, Czech Republic
30th Finále Plzeň 2017, Czech Republic
GoEast Wiesbaden 2017, Germany
International Festival of Independent Cinema OffCamera Krakow 2017, Poland
14th Neisse Film Festival, Germany
57th Zlin Film Festival, Zlin, Czech Republic
16th Transilvania International Film Festival, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
25th Art Film Fest, Košice, Slovakia
Valetta Film Festival 2017, Valetta, Malta
FEST - New Directors New Films 2017, Espinho, Portugal
52th Karlove Vary International Film Festival 2017, Czech Republic
Czech and Slovak Film Festival 2017, Melbourne, Cannbera, Australia
Cinema City Film Festival 2017, Novi Sad, Serbia
19th International Film Festival Film by the Sea, Vlissingen, The Netherlands
Sokołowsko Film Festival 2017, Poland
Buster Copenhagen International Film Festival for Children and Youth 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark
10th Central and Eastern European Film Festival Cineast, Luxembourg, Luxemburg
15th Alice Nella Cittá - Roma Cinema Fest, Rome, Italy
62nd Semana International de Cine - Valladolid International Film Festival, Valladolid, Spain
Exground Film Festival 30, Wiesbaden, Germany
Famufest Inferno 2017, Prague, Czech Republic
19th International Film Festivall Norrkoping, Norway
39th Cairo International Film Festival 2017, Cairo, Egypt
21st Black Nights Film Festival 2017, Tallinn, Estonia
15th Chennai International Film Festival, Chennai, India
35th International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino!, Poznań, Poland
Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2018, Santa Barbara, USA
Festival À l'Est du Nouveau, 2018, Rouen, France