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Synopsis

Daniel is an odd guy who lives with his endlessly quarrelling parents uncomplaining about his destiny. He keeps a distance from other people, he has no friends, nobody understands him, he is different. He will be turning nineteen and the last thing he would spend his time on is a preparation for his approaching graduation.

Adam is his class teacher. He is gay who lives in a relationship with his younger partner David and his strictly guarded secret keeps locked behind a door of their apartment.

Daniel and Adam live in their own bubbles until a moment when they both happen to be together in life threat. Lost in the darkness, cut off from the rest of the world, they are both looking for a way out. How far will they be willing to go?


Where the Butterflies Don't Fly


Where Butterflies Don't Fly is the name of the feature film based on the original screenplay by Roman Němec. The story, unique in its theme and environment, begins in the quiet Czech town of Kadaň. However, when the main characters are accidentally caught in an unknown, mysterious, but also insidious space of a vast cave system, the story quickly becomes dramatic.

Cast

Daniel Krejčík


Daniel Krejčík
Daniel

Jiří Vojta


Jiří Vojta
Adam

Jakub Krejča


Jakub Krejča
David (Adam's partner)

Jaroslav Dušek


Jaroslav Dušek
The school head

Simona Babčáková


Simona Babčáková
Teacher Stehlíková

Klára Melíšková


Klára Melíšková
Daniel's mother

Martin Myšička


Martin Myšička
Daniel's father

Anna Fixová


Anna Fixová
Teacher Zavadilová


Film crew

Screenwriter, director: Roman Němec

Script editor: Martin Bezouška

Directors of photography: Peter Beňa, Vojtěch Hrnčíř, Karel Pobříslo

Sound designer: Martin Jiránek

Camera assistants: Jakub Babica, Martin Dvořáček, Adam Roul, Štěpán Uždil

Music composer: Tomáš Oliva


Specialist advisers: Ing. Lubomír Přibyl, Jiří Augustýnek, Prof. MVDr. Ivo Pavlík, Csc., Mgr. Vlastislav Káňa, Jiří Svozil and more

Trailer

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

Frameline46 San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival


Frameline46 San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival
California, USA
Official Selection
Nominee Jury Prize
Outstanding First Feature (Roman Němec)

FilmOut San Diego


FilmOut San Diego
California, USA
Official Selection
FilmOut Programming Award
Outstanding Artistic Achievement

Cinema Diverse Palm Springs


Cinema Diverse Palm Springs
California, USA
Official Selection

Desperado LGBTQ+ Film Festival


Desperado Film Festival Phoenix
Arizona, USA
Official Selection

Out on Film Festival Atlanta


Out on Film Festival Atlanta
Georgia, USA
Official Selection

ImageOut: Rochester LGBT Film Festival


ImageOut: Rochester LGBT Film Festival
New York, USA
Official Selection

Melbourne Queer Film Festival


Melbourne Queer Film Festival
Australia
Official Selection

International Queer Film Festival Playa del Carmen


International Queer Film Festival Playa del Carmen
Mexico
Official Selection

 International Diversity Film Festival


International Diversity Film Festival Los Angeles
California, USA
Best Feature Film

International Cosmopolitan Film Festival of Tokyo


International Cosmopolitan Film Festival of Tokyo
Japan
Best Feature Film on Diversity




"'Butterflies' is a compelling, nail-biting yet sensual work with two impressive lead performances."
-Frank J. Avella, Reviewer, Edge Media Network

"I loved the tender and complex friendship that developed between Adam and Daniel."
-Allegra Madsen, Director of Programming, Frameline46 San Francisco International Film Festival

"I really appreciated the dynamic between the two main characters, the use of space and lighting in the cave scenes."
-Gary Kramer, Director of Programming, qFlix Philadelphia International Film Festival

"Two gay men get trapped in a cave sounds like the beginning of a joke, but couldn't be more real than the Czech Republic tense drama 'Where Butterflies Don't Fly'."
-Brian Bromberger, Reviewer, Bay Area Reporter

"Both characters are three-dimensional human beings, unfolding themselves bit by bit. Exquisitely written and performed, must see."
-Lincoln Madison, Reviewer, Film Queen Review

"This well-directed, excellent movie will not be easy to forget."
-Joe Longo, Reviewer, Desperado LGBTQ Film Festival

"Filled with heightened emotions and life-or-death situations, director Roman Němec wrings every bit of tension out of his claustrophobic locations."
-Adam Lubitow, Reviewer, ImageOut Film Festival


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