Strong Win

Petr Šícha, 1990



Real events that took place in 1986 provided the material for director Petr Šícha’s feature-film debut four years later. In Silnější než já (The Strong Win, 1990), Prague crime investigators Šárka and Kraft (Karel Roden and Jiří Ornest) hunt in vain for a serial killer targeting young women. Young tutor Táňa, who has just started working at a boarding school for apprentices, experiences two attacks by an unknown assailant. The circle of suspects is thus narrowed down to the apprentices, who due to the soft approach of the school director are inclined to criminal behaviour. One of the trainees is the emotionally disturbed Richard, who is traumatised by haunting experiences he suffered during his childhood. Classmates intend to lynch him, but the investigators intervene as they seek to bring him to justice. The 19-year-old Karel Zíma made his debut in the role of the assailant. Director Šícha would much later underline his abilities in producing commercially successful films by shooting Bastardi (The Bastards, 2010), Školní výlet (School Trip, 2012) and Obchodníci (The Peddlers, 2013).
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About a film

film_production_year 1990
film_countries Czechoslovakia
film_genres crime
film_form feature
film_duration 90 min
film_director Petr Šícha
film_cast Karel Zima, Jakub Wehrenberg, Sylvia Wysocká, Karel Roden, Jiří Ornest
film_director_of_photography Roman Pavlíček
film_screenplay Viktorín Šulc, Petr Šícha
film_film_editor Jiří Brožek
film_production_designer Ludvík Široký
film_music_composed_by Martin Němec
film_sound_designer Vlastimil Kulíšek