by Juraj Lehotský


Nina is 12. Her parents are getting a divorce and her world is falling apart before her eyes.

Her mom and dad say they are only doing what is best for her, but in fact, they act as though they only cared for themselves. Nina doesn’t understand them.

She feels abandoned and deceived – it’s like there is nothing left in the world that she could believe in. Her only security in life is competitive swimming.

At the pool she finds calm and support and everything she lacks at home. When it looks like she won’t be able to attend a swimming competition, she makes a radical move.


Slovak Republic/Czech Republic  2017  82mn  1.85:1  5.1  Slovak

directed by

Juraj Lehotský

written by

Marek Leščák & Juraj Lehotský

Produced by

Punkchart films (SK), Endorfilm (CZ), Ceska televize (CZ), Lehotsky Film (SK), Rozhlas a televizia Slovenska (SK), sentimentalfilm (SK)


Cinematographer: Norbert Hudec

Sound: Tobiáš Potočný

Editor: Radoslav Dubravský

Music: Aleš Březina


Nina            Bibiana Nováková
Father         Robert Roth
Mother       Petra Fornayová
Peter           Josef Kleindienst
Coach         Miroslav Pollack
Lea              Simona Kuchynková
Swimmer   Tomáš Klobučník

Filmmaker's filmography

2013:  Miracle (Zázrak) – 1st feature length (Karlovy Vary – Jury Award / Toronto)
2008: Blind Loves ( Slepé lásky) – 1st documentary (Cannes Directors’Fortnight- CICAE AWARD)

Festivals & Awards

World Premiere – Karlovy Vary 2017 – Competition East of the West

  • Giffoni Film Festival 2017 (Italy)
  • Visegrad Horizon 2017 (Czech)
  • Toronto – Contemporary World Cinema – North American Premiere
  • Warsaw IFF 2017 (Poland) – FIPRESCI AWARD
  • Sao Paulo IFF 2017 (Brazil) – International Perspective
  • Cottbus FF German-Polish-Czech Youth Film Competition 2017 (Germany)
  • Arava IFF 2017 (Israel)
  • Tallinn Black Nights – Panorama, 2017 (Estonia)
  • Cairo FF 2017 (Egypt) – Bronze Pyramid Award
  • Ale Kino 2017 (Poland)
  • Amur-Autumn Moscow/Ekaterinburg Festival 2017-18 (Russia)
  • Neisse Film Festival 2018 (Germany) – Winner of Feature Film Competition
  • Lubuskie IFF 2018
  • Festival de Cine Contemporeano Black Canvas 2018 (Mexico)
  • Buster 2018 (Denmark)
  • European Film Forum Scanorama 2018 (Lithunaia)

Press Quotes

“Heartbreaking” ;  “Breakthrough performance” (Indiewire)

“visually striking”; “well-observed” ; “a terrific performance out of the young and inexperienced female lead…” (THR)

“This is a fine take on what happens when a divorcing couple can’t see the impact of their acrimony on their child.” (Now Toronto)

“Young Bibiana Nováková anchors the picture superbly in the title role, precisely capturing her character’s painful restraint.” (Cinema Scope)