The VFF at Violet Crown Series continues on Tuesday, April 25 with a screening of I, Olga Hepnarová, the real-life story of a young, lesbian outsider whose mistreatment at the hands of her family and alienation from the world at large sends her over the edge of humanity and leads her to commit a horrendous crime at the age of only 22.
The film, from director Petr Kazda and Tomás Weinreb, paints a portrait of the human being behind the mass murderer without glorifying or downplaying the terrible crime she committed. Using her own letters, the film takes audiences deep into Olga’s psyche and unveils her spiraling loneliness and alienation as it re-constructs the events that led up to the disastrous actions that made her the last woman to be executed in Czechoslovakia.
This artful and stylish film aesthetically echoes the French New Wave, and premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it was nominated for Best First Feature Film. See the riveting trailer here.
The VFF at Violet Crown Series is a year-round, co-curated selection of films presented in partnership with Violet Crown Charlottesville. All screenings in the series will start at 7:30 PM. Tickets are available for purchase here.