Few life stories contain as much misery and good fortune as that of the Czech filmmaker Milos Forman, a 13-time Oscar winner with Someone Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus. Previously unseen archive material brings us closer to a delicate portrait that goes beyond a mere biography; it is also an exceptional chronicle of 20th century history. Forman's magnetism shows us an original view of communism, the American Way of Life and the process of independence of the Czech Republic.
Born in a small town with fewer inhabitants than a skyscraper, he became an orphan during the Nazi occupation. After spending his childhood in asylums and with several foster families, he was able to study cinema and premiere his first films, which soon caught the attention of critics and international film festivals. After exiling to the US, where he spent more than a year locked up and depressed in a room at the famous Chelsea Hotel, he couldn’t have imagined that a phone call from Michael Douglas, actor and producer, would change his life forever. A unique opportunity to discover the fascinating life of one of the most charismatic directors in the history of the seventh art, which in itself is filled the twists and turns you’d find in a Hollywood script.
A fine appreciation of a significant director's prodigious life.— Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
Directors Helena Trestíková and Jakub Hejna know they're dealing with an irrepressible force of nature, so they let Forman tell his story in his own words and stay out of the way.— Rubén Rosario, MiamiArtZine