FILTHY (2017)



Some things can’t be washed away.

It is a coming of age story of a subtle seventeen-year old Lena. In love for the first time, Lena longs for freedom and adventure. Her magic world is shattered instantly when her teacher Robo, whom all her classmates have a crush on, rapes her. Instead of sharing her trauma Lena remains silent, keeping it a secret even from her best friend. Feelings of guilt, shame and fear that nobody will believe her drive her to attempt suicide. While her family is in shock, Lena ends up in psychiatric ward.

There she discovers she is not alone in her experience. After her release, Lena decides to break her silence and take action. The anger she feels is no longer directed towards herself. She refuses to be the victim anymore. However she realizes it is too late to seek punishment for the perpetrator. In order to liberate herself, she must confront Robo and make him confess.

This fiction debut and the graduate film of FAMU is directed by Tereza Nvotová.

The project is realised in the co-production of Radio and Television of Slovakia (SK), moloko Film (CZ), FAMU (CZ), Magiclab (CZ) and Sleepwalker (CZ). The realisation was supported by Slovak Audiovisual Fund, Czech Film Fund, Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic and Bratislava Self-Governing Region. The partner of the film is HBO Europe. The international sales agent of this film is Film Republic.

fiction film, CZ/SK, 2017, 88 min



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The world premiere of this film was held in January 2017 at 46th International Film Festival Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

Since then it has received these awards:

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
Audience Award – Festival A l’est du nouveau! 2018, Mont-Saint-Aignan, France
Film Critics Award – Festival A l’est du nouveau! 2018, Mont-Saint-Aignan, France
Young Jury Award – Festival A l’est du nouveau! 2018, Mont-Saint-Aignan, France

You could have seen Filthy at these festivals:

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 A l’est du nouveau! 2018, Mont-Saint-Aignan, France


Director: Tereza Nvotová
Screenplay: Barbora Námerová
Story: Barbora Námerová, Tereza Nvotová
Producers: BFILM (SK) – Peter Badač, Moloko film (CZ) – Miloš Lochman, Karel Chvojka, FAMU (CZ) – Ondřej Šejnoha 
Co-producers: RTVS – Tibor Búza, Magiclab (CZ) – Michal Křeček, Sleepwalker (CZ) – Ludvík Bohadlo
Line Producer: Dominika Fáberová
D.O.P.: Marek Dvořák
Costume Design, Production Design: Andrijana Trpković
Make-up Artist: Vladmír Wittgruber, Zuzana Peschlová
Editor: Jiří Brožek, Michal Lánský, Janka Vlčková
Sound Design: Jan Paul, Robert Slezák
Music: Pjoni

Cast: Dominika Morávková, Anna Rakovská, Róbert Jakab, Anna Šišková, Luboš Veselý, Patrik Holubář, Juliána Oľhová, Monika Potokárová, Ela Lehotská


Tereza (1988) graduated in direction from film academy FAMU in Prague. Her feature debut “Filthy” has been screened in major festivals around the world including Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary, Cairo, and Santa Barbara. During its distribution “Filthy” took home more than 20 awards, making it one of the most successful Czech and Slovak films of the year.

Tereza collaborates with various broadcasting companies, most notably HBO Europe who has co-produced her feature debut and two documentary films. Her latest HBO documentary “The Lust for Power” has been shortlisted for the European Film Academy Awards 2019. It was critically acclaimed and has caused heated debate about populism and corruption in politics.

Tereza is an alumnus of 2019 Berlinale Talents, a development initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival.



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BFILM – Peter Badač


Festivals and Sales
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