Little Crusader

Little Crusader records the inner conflict of a father coming to terms with his son's disappearance. The boy runs away in search of an illusion, which has more the form of legend than a real basis. The lm gradually reveals the goal of the boy's journey. Literalism and specificity run counter to the film's poetry. The intention is to find only clues and leave the truth about the boy's journey obscured. Mention of danger is precisely what preys on the father's mind. The lm loses sight of the boy and lets the father gather the fragments from the stories of doubtful witnesses. In this way a silenced story emerges beyond the poem. (Václav Kadrnka)

Director's Biography
Václav Kadrnka
Václav Kadrnka was born in 1973 in Zlín, Czechoslovakia. In 1988, he emigrated to the UK, where he studied theatre. From 1999 till 2008 he studied feature film directing at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. His feature debut “Eighty Letters” premiered at the Berlinale 2011. In 2012, Václav Kadrnka was awarded the Czech film critics’ prize for Discovery of the Year.

Film Selection: Křižáček (Little Crusader, 2017) — Osmdesát dopisů (Eighty Letters, 2011; CE’11)
European Panorama Fiction 2018
Václav Kadrnka
Czech Republic / Slovakia / Italy 2017
90 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Vojtěch Mašek, Jiří Soukup, Václav Kadrnka - loosely based on Jaroslav Vrchlický's epic poem "The Little Crusader from Svojanov"
Cinematography Jan Baset Střítežský
Editing Pavel Kolaja
Sound/Sounddesign Jan Čeněk
With Karel Roden, Aleš Bílík, Matouš John, Jana Semerádová, Jiří Soukup
Producer(s) Václav Kadrnka sr., Marko Škop, Ján Meliš
Sirius Films s.r.o., Artileria
Austrian Premiere
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2017

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere