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The Smiles of Sad Men

We co-produced The Smiles of Sad Men in 2017 together with Holiday Films directed by Dan Svátek. The film is based on a true story and a book by the writer Josef Formánek. The main roles are played by David Švehlík, Jaroslav Dušek, Ondřej Malý, Simona Babčáková, Ivan Franěk, Maria Šoposká, Jiří Maryško, and others. The premiere in the Czech cinemas was on 12th July, 2018, and the film then won the award Český lev in 2019 – the film fans award and also four Czech and Moravian cinemas awards NASK 2018 for the best acting performance, screenplay, directing and best film of the year. The Smiles of Sad Men also got into a selection of five Czech films, from which academics selected representatives for the Oscar nomination. The distributor of the film is Bontonfilm.

On ČSFD, the film holds a respectable 70% rating


Film about the film

A behind-the-scenes look at the shooting of the Czech film The Smiles of Sad Men by director Dan Svátek.


We also made a video for the film. Singer David Stypka, who lent his song Kříž to the film: The way leading to the final connection between the song Kříž and Dan Svátek’s new film was long, but it resonated in me from the very first moment we started talking about it. Something managed to get into that film – a feeling that no longer appears in films. Something that makes you think about it for a long time. Thank you all very much for your trust and professional cooperation. And hats off to David Švehlík for an impressive acting.

David Švehlík

And what did the lead actor say about the film?

The film premiered in the summer 2018 and you can now watch it on Apple TV, HBO GO or Netflix.

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