THE KILLING OF A JOURNALIST

A young investigative journalist and his fiancée are brutally murdered in their home in Slovakia. Their deaths inspire the biggest protests in Slovakia since the fall of communism. The story takes an unexpected turn when a source leaks the secret murder case file to the murdered journalist's colleagues. It includes the computers and encrypted communications of the assassination's alleged mastermind, a businessman closely connected to the country's ruling party. Trawling these encrypted messages, journalists discover that their country has been captured by corrupt oligarchs, judges and law enforcement officials. A reckoning awaits.

Director: Matt Sarnecki / Editor: Janus Billeskov Jansen / Associate Producer: Julia Love Babuščák / DoP: Anna Smoroňová / Line Producers: Jakub Koula, Maria Kristensen / Assistant Producer & Researcher: Eva Kubániová/ Composer: Kristian Eidnes Andersen / Sound Designer: Marek Poledna / Post-Production Producer: Francesc Sitges-Sardà / Producer: Signe Byrge Sørensen / Co-producers: Drew Sullivan, Paul Radu, Jitka Kotrlová, Zuzana Kučerová, Thor Hampus Bank

The film is produced by: Final Cut fo Real & OCCRP

In co-production with: WDR in association with ARTE - Commissioning Editor Jutta Krug

Co-produced by: Frame Films & GotFat Productions

Supported by: Czech Film Fund, West Danish Film Fund

In collaboration with: DR - Commissioning Editor Anders Bruus / NRK - Commissioning Editor Frederik Færden / SVT - Commissioning Editors Axel Arnö & Charlotte Madsen

International Sales & Festivals: Cinephil / info@cinephil.com

World Premiere: HotDocs Toronto 2022 / European Premiere: Karlovy Vary IFF 2022

Denmark, USA, Czech Republic, 2022, 100 & 90 min


contacts: Zuzana Kučerová / zuzana@framefilms.cz & Jitka Kotrlová / jitka@framefilms.cz