Night Owls - Michaela Pavlátová - Czech Republic
Night Owls (Deti noci, 2008)
Director: Michaela Pavlátová
Who said a traumatic experience can't spark a good change in someone? Eurochannel takes you to meet a beautiful young Czech lady in her quest to find the meaning of her boring life, while she stays mentally away from her surrounding reality. Discover what Prague nights have in store for her in Night Owls, a film about love, the tenderness of friendship, and hope.
Night Owls tells the story of a coming-of-age girl battling to define her personality. While her house still keeps some candid memories from a naïve childhood and adolescence, real life gives her lessons of what maturity means. Her boyfriend leaves her for her best friend, she has a night shift in a 24-hour store and her awkwardly nerdy colleague has a crush on her.
Born from a graduate project at the Academy for Performing Arts in Prague by screenwriter Irena Hejdová, Night Owls chronicles a story inspired by the bubbly night life in Prague. With an impressive cast led by the prominent Academy Award-nominated Czech filmmaker Michaela Pavlátová, the film proved its worth by winning the Best Actor and Best Actress in Leading Roles Awards at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2008.
After her boyfriend unexpectedly breaks up with her because he's been dating her best friend, 19-year old Ofka (Martha Issová) is left to wonder what really matters in life. Wrapped up in her own problems, she takes no notice of the love her closest male friend, Ubr (Jiří Mádl), has for her.
Ofka works night shifts at a 24-hour convenience store, which inevitably brings her in contact with many unique characters. Even these odd experiences, though, don't seem to move her in any way until, one night, the shop is robbed. This assault shakes Ofka out of her lethargy and makes her take a fresh look at the world around her.