Ice hockey is a Czech national obsession, and the country's victory over Russia in the 1969 World Championships, the year following the Soviet invasion, is a celebrated moment in its history. In Marek Najbrt's black comedy, the heroic exploits take place only on a black and white tv screen as a group of representative misfits gather and watch the game in a desolate village on the Czech border. Fuelled by the prophetic visions of an alcoholic, the self-obsessed fans - the owner of a failed pub; a bigoted invalid, Jarda; the neurotic Pavel; Josef (who hopes his father wasn't a Roma); and the bus driver who provides their only link with the outside world - follow a much less successful course than the national team. Alongside them are Zdena, the publican's wife, who hopes for a better life, and a local Sudeten German, who was dispossessed following the war. While consisting of recognisable types, Najbrt's bleak portrait reveals a world of alcoholism, debt, racism, bigotry, and infidelity...
Packaging Paper sleeve
Length 83 min.
Production Year 2004
Subtitles Czech, English
Format DVD (PAL)
Director Marek Najbrt
Cast Jan Budar, Klara Meliskova, Jiri Ornest, Josef Polasek, Leos Noha, Tomas Matonoha, Will Spoor, Jan Rehak, Cyril Drozda
Also Known As:
Germany (TV title) - Unsere Champions
Greece (festival title) - Protathlites
Hungary - Bajnokok
Poland - Mistrzowie
World-wide (English title) - Champions
Czech - Mistři
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