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Ticket Prices
General Public:$13.00 (+ $2 online fee)
Members:$10.00 (no online fee)
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:Special Presentations
Women & Film
Milgrom Tribute
Historical Drama
Women Directors
Oscar Submission
Jewish Interest
Best of Fest Encores
Includes Q&A
Release Year:2020
Runtime:118 min
Country/Region:Czech Republic
Print Source:Strand Releasing
Director:Agnieszka Holland
Executive Producer:Aleš Týbl
Producer:Šárka Cimbalová
Kevan Van Thompson
Cinematographer:Martin Strba
Screenwriter:Marek Epstein
Editor:Pavel Hrdlicka
Composer:Antoni Komasa-Lazarkiewicz
Principal Cast:Ivan Trojan
Josef Trojan
Jaroslava Pokorná
Jirí Cerný
Miroslav Hanuš


Best of Fest Encores

Special live MSPIFF40 event Sunday, May 16 at 2:00pm CT.

Film critic David D'Arcy in conversation with filmmaker Agnieszka Holland live via Zoom.


How to Watch

Few true stories tread the thin line between good and evil as precariously as that of Jan Mikolášek, a 20th century Czech herbal healer whose great success masked the grimmest of secrets.

Mikolášek won fame and fortune treating celebrities of the interwar, Nazi, and Communist eras with his uncanny knack for “urinary diagnosis”. But his passion for healing welled up from the same source as a lust for cruelty, sadism, and an incapacity for love that only one person could ever quell – his assistant, František. As a show trial threatens to pry open these secrets and undo him, Jan’s dichotomies are put to a final test, with the fate of his life’s only love in the balance. A personal tale as replete with twists as the century itself, and a reflection on the price one pays for single-mindedly following one’s calling.

Director Biography

Agnieszka Holland Born in Warsaw, filmmaker and screenwriter Agnieszka Holland is one of the greatest living filmmakers, whose work has been nominated twice for Academy Awards. She is the director of the features Europa Europa (1990, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay), Washington Square (1997), The Third Miracle (1999), In Darkness (2011, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film), Spoor (2017), and Mr. Jones (2019).