Andel Exit

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Andel Exit
Andel Exit DVD.jpg
Directed byVladimír Michálek
Produced byJaroslav Boucek
Written byVladimír Michálek
Jáchym Topol
(based on the novel of Jáchym Topol)
StarringJan Cechticky
Klára Issová
Music byJan Cechticky
Yarda Helesic
Edited byJiří Brožek
Release date
October 26, 2000
Running time
100 min
CountryCzech Republic
LanguageCzech

Andel Exit (also called as Angel Exit) is a 2000 Czech drama movie directed by Vladimír Michálek with Jan Cechticky and Klára Issová.[1] The movie was based on the 1995 novel of Jáchym Topol named Anděl. The movie earned two Czech Lion Awards in 2000 for Best Design and Best Editing.[2]

The movie vividly depicts the former atmosphere and architecture around Anděl in the 1990s, before the progressive renovation of the neighbourhood. The efforts came to fruition in the early 2000s with the construction of Zlatý Anděl[3], a multi-purpose office and business development, followed by a shopping centre an many more new businesses.

Synopsis[edit]

The film is about Mike, an addict and a thief, who decided to get away from drugs after falling for his new neighbour Jane. However his girlfriend Kaja keeps an influence on him and convinces him to cook one last batch. Following the tricks[clarification needed] of Kaja, Mike ends up in South Africa where he gets involved with local gangsters and meth dealers.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

After being impressed by the novel of Jáchym Topol named Anděl, director Vladimír Michálek met with him and asked Topol to accompany with him in the screenplay. The film commenced its shooting on December 24, 1999.[4]

Reception[edit]

The movie was met with positive reviews. CER said that despite having an infantile plot, the film worked best on the microscopic level by picking up the minutiae of modern life and capturing the ills of a generation on screen.[5] Film Blitz also noted that the film provide an eye-opening picture of a rarely-seen side of Prague: life in ageing decrepit appartement blocks near the metro station Anděl near the centre of the city, of peddled religious icons and groceries bought on credit, where meaningless sex and drugs are used as an escape by the main characters.[6]


Awards[edit]

Czech Lion Awards , 2000

  • Won, Best Design - Vladimír Michálek and Martin Strba
  • Won, Best Editing - Jiří Brožek
  • Nominated, Best Actress - Klára Issová
  • Nominated, Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Zuzana Stivínová
  • Nominated, Best Director - Vladimír Michálek
  • Nominated, Best Cinematography - Martin Strba
  • Nominated, Best Sound - Radim Hladík Jr.

Trivia[edit]

  • The movie was shot entirely digitally using a skeleton crew and then transferred onto 35mm film[7]
  • Klára Issová shaved her head completely bald (on screen) for the movie.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Andel Exit (2000)".
  2. ^ "ČFTA". www.filmovaakademie.cz.
  3. ^ "Zlatý Anděl". ATELIER 8000 (in Czech). Retrieved 2019-01-18.
  4. ^ Ceska Televize;. "Anděl Exit — Česká televize". Česká televize.
  5. ^ "CER - Czech Republic: Vladmir Michalek's film Andel Exit". www.ce-review.org.
  6. ^ "Trash City review: Andel Exit". trashcity.org.
  7. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Klára Issová: Brzy slavná, ale co dál?". iDNES.cz. 26 April 2001.

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