2011, by Robert Sedláček
(Czech Republic)
fiction
Film Critics Award – Best Czech Feature 2011

The new film by Robert Sedláček, Long Live the Family! is a family drama about a couple managing to survive at a time of predatory capitalism. Libor, a senior bank manager, has been caught in a trap of financial skulduggery and is facing prison. Just one day remains for him to make a choice: answer for his decisions or run away? So, he sets on an escape with his wife and children through the countryside. This flight from justice becomes a path to seek out lost relationships, not just among the ”escapees” but also their former university classmates, who they meet by pure chance and who live their ”humdrum” lives in a regional town. An off-beat road movie, where the fate of one family actually shows a contemporary picture of Czech society.