The Ferrari Dino Girl

  • 68'
  • Czech Republic
  • 2009
Jan Nemec´s new film is the third of loosely connected autobiographical stories (Late Night Talks With Mother, 2001 and Landscape Of My Heart, 2004) that are distinguished by their idiosyncratic style, combining autobiographical elements with dramatised reality.
It´s nighttime in Prague, 21 August 1968. Soviet troops and tanks are occupying the city - random attacks, soldiers shooting, bodies lying dead on the sidewalk. With an impromptu crew, the director (Karel Roden) captures some unique evidence - material which is, however, worthless in occupied Prague; it has to be shown to the rest of the world. So, while the Soviets are concocting false reports of heartfelt receptions without military resistance for propaganda purposes, the director sets off on a risky trip across the closed Czech-Austrian border to Vienna. He is accompanied on this journey by the Italian Enrico and his Czech lover, Jana, the most beautiful girl in Prague, a Czech version of Brigitte Bardot: the Ferrari Dino Girl.
The film consists of two parts: the reconstructed past, and the unique document of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 that later on became known worldwide as Oratorio For Prague. A personal flashback to the Prague Spring, the incident that changed the destiny of the country for a long twenty-one years after. (LC)

Jan Němec
World premiere
Country of production
Czech Republic
Production Year
Festival Edition
IFFR 2009
Betacam SP
Original title
Holka Ferrari Dino
Iva Ruszeláková
Production Companies
Jan Němec - Film, i/o post, Mouse & Cut, Mini Max Films, The Czech Republic State Fund for Support and Development of Cinematography
Jan Němec - Film
Jan Němec
Jiří Maxa
Michal Lánský
Production Design
Judith Voboril
Sound Design
Ivo Špalj
Jan Němec
Karel Roden, Jan Budař