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 – HD – 1:1,85 – 5.1 – 82 min – 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

  • Toronto – Contemporary World Cinema – North American Premiere
  • Sao Paulo Brazil – International Perspective
  • Cottbus FF German-Polish-Czech Youth Film Competition, Germany
  • Arava IFF Israel
  • Cairo FF, Egypt – Bronze Pyramid Award
  • Tallinn Black Nights Estonia – Panorama

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)