Catenaccio à la Drnovice or Journey to the Beginning of Time of Economic Transformation

2010, by Radim Procházka
(Czech Republic)
Karlovy Vary IFF official selection

The small Czech village of Drnovice that is the home to two thousand residents boasts a football stadium for eight thousand fans. It is a pyramid of a long-lost football civilization. The rise and fall of the local football club is typical of Czech football, politics and business of the 1990s, revealing not only beautiful goals but also mysterious sponsors, corruption or doping. This ironically investigative film takes us back to a time when top ministry officials had no clue about huge financial scams and when Czech footballers played for the European cup.