Scumbag

Original title:

Sviňa

Country:

Slovakia

Duration:

100 min

Year:

2020.

Director:

Mariana Čengel Solčanská, Rudolf Biermann

Screenwriter

Mariana Čengel Solčanská, Rudolf Biermann

DOP:

Ivan Finta

Editor:

Ondrej Azor

Cast:

Jozef Vajda, Marko Igonda, Dano Heriban, Gabriela Marcinková, Diana Mórová, Braňo Bystriansky, Szidi Tobiasz, Jakub Rybárik, Mária Schumerová, Dana Droppová, Petra Dubayová, Andrej Remeník…

Producer:

Mariana Čengel Solčanská, Rudolf Biermann

Production company:

In Film, Magic Seven, CinemArt

Festivals and awards:

In a country run by organized crime in collusion with political power-wielders, police bosses and large corporations, a young girl disappears from a juvenile institution. When she goes to the police to tell them about the sexual abuse taking place there, they refuse to help her. She then finds a reporter who will expose a staggering network of crime and extortion. Scumbag is a political thriller inspired by the real murder of Slovak reporter Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova. They were killed when Kuciak’s investigation threatened to expose the connections between Slovak mobsters and politicians. Based on investigative journalist Arpád Soltész’s eponymous novel, the film was a box-office hit in Slovakia.

Rudolf Biermann (1958) is a producer, screenwriter, and director. He has produced over 35 award-winning films. Most known are his cooperations with directors Jiří Menzl (I Served the King of England), Agnieszka Holland (Jánošík), Martin Šulík (Everything I Like, The Garden, Orbis Pictus, The Interpreter), etc. Mariana Čengel Solčanská (1978) is one of the most distinguished Slovak directors and screenwriters, as well as the author of three novels. Her film Kidnapping inspired a mass social movement, which led to demonstrations and the annulment of the infamous “Mečiar’s amnesties” in Slovakia.

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