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Conversation with ‘Charlatan’ Director Agnieszka Holland, moderated by Ed Harris  |  For Your Consideration  2021

Celebrated Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland (Europa, Europa) portrays the riveting life and work of Czech herbalist and faith healer Jan Mikolášek, who cured hundreds with natural remedies. Magnanimous with his abilities, he treated the poor and wealthy alike, never turning away a patient—including the occupying Nazis and the president of the country. Yet it was this last relationship that led to Mikolášek’s downfall, as he was prosecuted for charlatanism by the subsequent Communist government. In yet another incisive historical tale, Holland shines a light on a singular, extraordinary figure and reveals the complexity of—and human susceptibility to—the political machinations of the times. In Czech and German with English subtitles. Director Agnieszka Holland (Czech Republican co-production with Ireland, Poland and Slovakia 2020) 118 min. MVFF43

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