Agnieszka Holland Josef Trojan, Ivan Trojan, Juraj Loj
Czech Republic, Ireland, Poland, Slovakia / 2020 / Czech / 118 minutes / DCP / Color
Throughout the first half of the twentieth century, Jan Mikolášek established himself as a herbalist and faith healer to some of the most powerful figures in the former Czechoslovakia. Celebrities, Nazi officers, and even Communist president Antonín Zápotocký were among his most esteemed patients. Agnieszka Holland’s (Spoor, 42nd) beautifully lensed biopic casts Czech star Ivan Trojan and his son Josef as her troubled protagonist, vividly embodying Mikolášek’s public struggles, darker, sadistic compulsions, and his secret romance.