Somewhere Over The Chemtrails


"Adam Koloman Rybanský delivers an atmospheric comedy about fear, prejudices and stubbornness, set in the sleepy Czech countryside."



Clumsy Standa and recently widower Bronya are volunteer firefighters in a small village where they enjoy a quiet and peaceful life. Things begin to change when a van crashes into a crowd of people during the Easter Fair. Before anyone notices, the driver runs away from the car crash. People believe it is a terrorist attack and the festive mood is replaced by an atmosphere of fear, hatred, and misinformation. Bronya, who is convinced of terrorism, is trying to do something to improve the situation. The sense of danger pumps new blood into his veins, and the fire brigade becomes a militia.
Director Adam Koloman Rybanský’s confidently told and rhythmically compelling debut examines the mechanisms of racism and exclusion in the microcosm of a village. At the same time, he takes a loving and humorous look at human weakness, revealing a deeply humanist worldview.


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Director: Adam Koloman Rybanský
Genre: Comedy - Satirical, Community, Conspiracy, Bias
Original title: Kdyby radši hořelo
English title: Somewhere Over the Chemtrails
Country of production: Czech Republic
Year of production: 2022
Length: 85 min
Color: Color
Shooting format: 2k
Screening format: DCP 2K
Original language: Czech

Subtitles: English
Cast: Michal Isteník, Anna Polívková, Miroslav Krobot
Scriptwriter: Adam Koloman Rybanský, Lukáš Csicsely
Director of photography: Matěj Piňos
Production designer: Ivana Kanhäuserová, Antonín Matějovský
Editor: Alan Sýs
Sound design: Adam Bláha
Producers: Eva Pavlíčková, Pavel Vácha
Production company: Bratři s.r.o.
Supported by: FAMU, Czech TV, Zlin region, FreeSaM

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Festivals / Awards

Berlinale, Panorama - World Premiere
Neisse FF, Germany - Best Production Design Award / Best Screenplay Award
Kino na hranici, Czech Republic
Riviera FF, Italy
FebioFest, Czech Republic
Olhar de Cinema - Curitiba IFF, Brazil
Sprouts Film Festival, Netherlands
Tofifest, Poland
Taipei FF, Taiwan
Festival of Tolerance, Croatia
Beijing IFF, China - Best Screenplay Award
Visegrad Film Festival Uzhgorod, Ukraine
Finále Pilsen, Czech Republic - The Golden Kingfisher Award for the best feature live action
Festival 7ème Lune, France
Alexandre Trauner ART/Film Festival, Hungary
Chicago IFF, USA  
Bergen IFF, Norway
Made in Prague, UK
Denver Film Festival, USA
Thessaloniki IFF, Greece
Dingle Distillery IFF, Ireland - Competition - Honourable mention
Exground filmfest, Germany
PÖFF Black Nights FF Tallinn, Estonia
Crime & Punishment IFF, Turkey
Silk Road IFF, China
Osteuropäischen Filmtage Dresden, Germany
REC Tarragona, Spain
Chennai International Film Festival, India
Trieste Film Festival, Italy
So macht man Fruhling, Germany
Czech That Film (Dallas), USA
Europe on Screen, Indonesia
Ceau, Cinema!, Romania
Festival de Ciné-Rencontres, France
Pittsburgh EU Film Festival, USA



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