By a Sharp Knife

Crime
Drama
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Slovak
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Based on true events, Slovakian director Teodor Kuhn tackles the powerlessness of ordinary unprivileged citizens in a dysfunctional and corrupt justice system. After the brutal murder of his son by neo-Nazis, a father must watch as the perpetrators walk free, thanks to their connections to the judiciary and organized crime. He descends deeper and deeper into the labyrinth of corruption and indifferent authorities. Influenced by Eastern European Social Realism, "rising and talented cinematographer Denisa Buranová (Little Harbor) stands out especially with her interior shots of the institutional buildings. The outdated brutalist labyrinthine corridors become a symbol in the struggle against an impersonal judicial machinery into which the father charges onward with masochistic verve." (screenanarchy.com)