Breaking News: Charlatan selected for Berlinale Special Gala

Czech-Irish-Polish-Slovak co-production feature Charlatan, directed by world-famous author Agnieszka Holland, will celebrate its world premiere in the Berlinale Special Gala section (Berlinale Palast) at Berlinale 2020.

Celebrated director Agnieszka Holland (Mr. JonesSpoorBurning BushIn DarknessEuropa Europa) returns to Berlin with her brand-new biographical drama Charlatan, produced by Šárka Cimbalová, Kevan Van Thompson / Marlene Film Production (CZ), and co-produced by Film and Music Entertainment (IE), Madants (PL), Furia Film (SK), Czech Television (CZ), Barrandov Studio (CZ), Radio and Television of Slovakia (SK), CertiCon (CZ) and Magiclab (CZ).

Charlatan will celebrate its world premiere in the new section Berlinale Special Gala (curator: Carlo Chatrian). As a project in development, the film was also presented during Berlinale Co-production Market 2017.


Holland tells a true story of Jan Mikolášek, a Czech healer and extraordinary man, who fights his own demons. Good and evil. Love and hate, cruelty and mercy, loyalty and betrayal. All in one person against a background of historical twists...

Read more about the production of the film HERE.


Charlatan was supported by the Czech Film Fund in both development and production stages (EUR 522 745), but also by Polish Film Institute, Slovak Audiovisual Fund, Prague Film Fund and in the Czech Film Fund's incentive programme as well.