Award-winning director Petr Vaclav’s lush, visually gorgeous historical drama is a stirring biopic of the 18th-century Czech composer Josef Mysliveček. The film chronicles his struggles and triumphs as an outsider trying desperately to make it as an opera composer in cut-throat, cosmopolitan Venice. Mysliveček is a man of talent, but also possesses considerable charm, and he’s not above using his multiple sexual conquests to advance his progress from court to court. After one affair with a well-connected woman, he gets his chance: a commission to write an opera for the Teatro di San Carlo, Europe’s largest opera house at the time. But will his work be accepted? Selected as the Czech Republic’s candidate for Best International Feature to the 95th Academy Awards.
Best Film, Director, Sound, Art Direction, Costumes, Makeup Czech Lions 2022
“A sumptuous costume piece that’s also an ambitious slice of musical archaeology … A visually and musically vivid film [with] ripely conceived backstage and bedroom intrigue.”
Jonathan Romney, Screen International