Bohdan Slama's latest feature "Something Like Happiness" premieres in Prague
The latest film by Czech director and screenwriter Bohdan Slama, "Stesti" or "Something Like Happiness" has just premiered in Prague to high critical acclaim. Slama's previous feature "The Wild Bees" ("Divoke vcely") received a number of international awards, and according to reviewers, "Something Like Happiness" stands a similar chance.
"The film is about the way people change when they are growing up. The character of Monika becomes a woman and Tonik becomes a man. The transformation is caused by their problems which they need to solve. They are learning about each other, about themselves and they are finding out who they are."
The main characters are played by three of the stars of the younger generation: Tatiana Vilhelmova, Pavel Liska and Ana Geislerova. Director and screenwriter Bohdan Slama says he wrote the script with the trio in mind.
Ana Geislerova plays the character of Dasa.
Pavel Liska, who plays Tonik, says he could easily identify with the character.
"I share a lot with Tonik. I am now 33 and I feel like 23 when it comes to responsibility or being sensible. But at the same time there is something positive and nice about his immaturity and at some point in the film he has to grow up because he has to take the responsibility."
Something Like Happiness was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this week. Next week it will screen at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain and is already scheduled for screenings in New York, Athens and Island's capital of Reykjavik.