• 9 10
  • 2012
  • 99min
  • Original Title: Kauza Cervanová

In 1976, a 19-year-old daughter of a senior Communist official in Slovakia was found dead and raped. Since then, seven men have been sentenced. This film tries to prove its innocence.


AWARDS: Best Documentary. Cinematik/ Best Central and Eastern European Documentary Film, Special Mention. Jihlava Film Festival/ Honorary Mention, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. DOK Leipzig/ Special Mention. Crossing Europe

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: Jihlava Film Festival/ DOK Leipzig/ IFF Warsaw/ One World 2014/ It´s All True/ One World Romania/ Crossing Europe

Normalization. A controversial court case in Czechoslovak

This film is director Robert Kirchhoff’s eight-year fact-finding expedition into the dark depths of the still-unresolved case of the kidnapping, rape and murder of medical student Ludmila Cervanová. 

The case, known throughout Slovakia, met with enormous publicity in the communist media and seven people were ultimately sentenced for murder. To this day these people claim that they are innocent and they were the victims of an international political conspiracy. 

Who are the convicted? Who are the people who decided in this, the most controversial court case in the history of Czechoslovak justice? 

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