I, Olga Hepnarova Director: Tomas Reinweb + Petr Kazda
TOMÁS WEINREB & PETR KAZDA / 2016 / CZECH REUPLIC / 104 MINUTES / TORONTO PREMIERE / RATED 18A
Art Gallery of Ontario / Jackman Hall (317 Dundas Street West, McCaul Street entrance)
“I, Olga Hepnarová, the victim of your bestiality, sentence you to death penalty.” With these words, the 22 year-old truckdriver, lesbian and traumatized psychiatric hospital survivor Olga Hepranova embarked on her short trip to national infamy. In 1973, Hepranova deliberately and cold-bloodedly drove a truck onto a crowded Prague sidewalk, killing eight people and injuring twelve. When offered an alternative to the death penalty if she pled insanity, Hepranova refused, insisting she was no crazier than the culture which produced her. Shot in austerely monochromatic black and white, and featuring an electrifying performance but rising Polish star Michalina Olszanska, I, Olga Hepnarova is a movie experience that clings.