I, Olga Hepnarová – Sat, Oct. 8 @ 1p
(Members-only off-site at NeueHouse)
NeueHouse. 6121 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
“To commit suicide you need a strong will, something you certainly don’t have,” the true-life title character of I, Olga Hepnarova is told by her mother at the outset of this fearsomely tough-minded biopic. By the time her 22-year-old daughter consciously mowed down eight strangers on a Prague sidewalk in 1973, seeking the death sentence in her guilty plea, Mrs. Hepnarova was proven only half right. Teasing out the psychological roots of a stunning crime with heavily measured, methodical patience, writer-directors Tomas Weinreb and Petr Kazda construct a still-topical case study of extreme trauma yielded by adolescent bullying and parental neglect, fronted with committed intensity by rising Polish star Michalina Olszanska. Unforgivingly rigorous to its final, exactingly composed monochrome frame, I, Olga Hepnarova shows us scarcely a flickering moment of light or joy in its anti-heroine’s short, loveless life, depicted on screen from adolescence upwards. – Variety
Dir. Petr Kazda & Tomás Weinreb, 2016, DCP, 105 min.