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(aka "Já, Olga Hepnarová" or "I, Olga" or "Moi, Olga")


directed by Petr Kazda, Tomás Weinreb
Czech Republic/Poland/France/Slovakia 2016


Feeling bullied by her family - particularly her icy mother (Klára Melísková, FOUR SUNS) - all of her life in favor of her younger siblings, twenty-two-year-old Olga (Michalina Olszanska, THE LURE) attempts suicide and spends a few months in a hospital psychiatric ward. Bullied by the other young female inmates, she comes out of the hospital even more withdrawn and makes the very unladylike decision to become a truck driver. Although she starts a relationship with fellow young working woman Jitka (Marika Soposká, FLOWER BUDS), the other young woman's healthy relationship with her own family is just one of the things that dooms their relationship as Olga becomes more withdrawn. Olga condemns the world for her abuse (as "the victim of your bestiality") and is determined not to go quietly ("It would be too easy to leave this world as an unknown suicide victim"), carrying out a death sentence on others. Clinically photographed in black and white as a series of largely static compositions reflecting the alienated viewpoint of its main character, I, OLGA HEPNAROVA is less a biopic than a half-fictionalized chronicling of non-causal events leading up to Hepnarova's 1972 mass murder of eight people and injury of twenty more when she purposefully drove her truck into a bus stop. While the film itself may not presuppose audience familiarity with the case by domestic Czech or international audiences, any kind of factual context seems as if it would be detrimental to telling as conceived by writers/directors Petr Kazda and Tomás Weinreb.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 24 March 2017 (USA)

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Runtime 1:44:12

1.80:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.48 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Czech Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles English and Spanish
Features Release Information:
Studio: Outsider Pictures/Strand Releasing

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.80:1

Edition Details:
� Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 1:36)
� Previews

DVD Release Date: July 25th, 2017

Chapters 8




Shot with Red One cameras and Panavision lenses, I, OLGA gets a sharp and crisp SD rendition on Strand's high bitrate, progressive, anamorphic DVD encode. The Czech Dolby Digital 5.1 track is front-oriented with spare usage of the surrounds, and subtitles are available in both English and Spanish. The only extras are the film's trailer and trailers for four other Strand titles.

  - Eric Cotenas


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