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Protector announces film start and cast

Irena Zemanova 2008-07-24

Director Marek Najbrt‘s CZK62 million (€2.6 million) Protector, one of the most anticipated Czech films of 2009, will start filming in early September.

The drama of Jewish actress Hana and her husband, radio reporter Emil Vrbata, who became a Nazi collaborator in Prague during the Nazi occupation from 1939 - 1942, received a record grant of €673,000 from the Czech State Fund for Support and Development of Czech Cinematography.

"We were very happy to get more than a quarter budget from Czech state fund. It helped a lot with the pre-production work," said Pavel Strnad, whose company Negativ (www.negativ.cz) produces the movie.

Co-producers Include Czech Television (www.ceskatelevize.cz), Soundsquare (www.soundsquare.cz) and UPP (www.upp.cz).

Screenwriters Robert Geisler and Benjamin Tucek described the story as a full-bodied combination of a war drama and psycho-thriller. Marek Daniel, recently seen in the debut of Vaclav Havel´new play Leaving, and Jana Plodkova star.

The movie is plan to release in September 2009.