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A POST-APOCALYPTIC MINISERIES DIRECTED BY PETER BEBJAK

 

ABOUT THE SERIES

ABOUT THE SERIES

In the near future, a mysterious disease is killing adults. Civilization as we know it has collapsed. Only children survive. The siblings Tom, Klára and Viktor have found refuge in a former boarding school. But their lives are to be turned upside down by a child gang led by the gun-wielding Nik. The head of the group, Viktor, has almost reached adulthood and it’s just a matter of time before he finds the dreaded spot on his tongue – the first symptom of the merciless disease that claimed their parents.

CREW

DIRECTOR
Peter Bebjak
SCREENPLAY
Peter Nagy
Zuzana Dzurindová
CINEMATOGRAPHY
Martin Žiaran
MUSIC
Tomáš Balák
STARRING
Josef Trojan
Jan Nedbal
Anastasia Chocholatá
Adam Joura
Miroslav Sabadin
Bára Horčičková
Josefína Krycnerová
Matěj Havelka
Michaela Pecháčková
Jan Maršál

STORY

The dream
of eternal
life
brought
only
death

The year is 2026. Professor Ladislav Černý of the Institute of Molecular Genetics at the Academy of Sciences has discovered a new experimental drug. This drug should finally give civilization what it has desired for so long. Eternal youth. The drug was made by the controlled evolution of a “good” virus. It consists of a single strand of nucleic acid which is able to use reverse transcriptase to insert its genetic information in the DNA and the genome of its host cell. This changes the gene sequence and slows ageing.

The results of tests on mice and monkeys were fantastic and scientists managed to double their average lifespan. Their success drew the attention of a pharmaceutical company that wanted to start mass-producing the drug as soon as possible, and also included in the process less qualified scientists who, lured by the vision of getting rich quick, were not thorough with their safety precautions.

People
must
adapt
to a new
reality

Just before Professor Černý started adapting the virus to human DNA, there was a containment breach. Within weeks, the unmodified virus spread everywhere and caused a disaster that modern humanity had never encountered before. The virus attacks human DNA and triggers the destruction of the cells. Instead of eternal youth, life now ends after twenty. The chaos that followed was more dangerous than the disease itsef.

The Czech
Republic
in chaos,
deaths
are
mounting

1 000 000

The world
as we knew
it is gone

The epidemic is too fast for people to respond. A few surviving scientists tried to discover the cause and find an effective antibody, but die before their work is finished.

Soon afterwards, all the adults are gone. Civilization collapsed. Communication systems, security forces, services and infrastructure are all out of order. The only humans left are children, joining up in clans and fighting for survival until they develop the first sign of the disease: a black spot on the tongue which indicates they have only one month left to live.

CHARACTERS

Tom

The first to notice the spot on his mum’s tongue. He’s the middle child, stuck between childhood and adulthood. He’s impulsive and sometimes acts before he thinks. But even when he’s trying to survive, he clings to his humanity, proving that his heart is in the right place. In this world, however, that is not an advantage.

Viktor

Brother of Tom and Klára and the leader of the group that has been living in the former boarding school since the start of the epidemic. He’s fair, but strict. That’s why there are some in the group who disagree with his leadership style. His childhood is long gone and he’s come to terms with the fact that it won’t be long before he finds a spot on his tongue.

Klára

Klára does not remember her parents, whose role is filled by Tom and Viktor and sometimes she asks them to tell her stories about mum and dad. She grew up in this new world and accepts everything as it is. She keeps smiling and her smile helps others forget what was before.

Nik

Before the epidemic, he was growing up in a ghetto on the outskirts of the city. His parents never cared about him and only remembered him when they needed someone to beat up. His cruel childhood prepared him well for this harsh new reality. Now he leads his own gang. All he cares about is his own benefit, and everyone around him complies. For him, this world is better than anything that came before.

Tesla

He used to be a nerd bullied by everyone. His nickname comes from his love of physics. Now he’s the inventor of Viktor’s group and he’s trying to get the remains of old technology up and running. Not everything works perfectly and everyone else keeps underestimating him, but they all need his skills.

Grandma

Grandma is in charge of the sick, relying on the few drugs that Viktor’s group has scrounged up. She is very fond of the group’s leader. And she’s the surrogate mother of all the children. She’s always loved books and even in this broken world keeps collecting them in her library. That’s also where she’s trying to provide education to the others.

FOR THE MEDIA

FOR THE MEDIA

Contact:

Hana Holubová
hana.holubova@firma.seznam.cz
+420 606 724 242

STREAM.CZ TO LAUNCH THE POST-APOCALYPTIC SERIES THE SPOT DIRECTED BY PETER BEBJAK

Stream.cz has announced another new show for 2019. It’s the eight-part miniseries The Spot, directed by Peter Bebjak. Based on a screenplay by Zuzana Dzurindová and Peter Nagy, the series takes place in a mysterious post-apocalyptic future after a catastrophe that wiped out all the adults, leaving only children alive. The series premieres on March 10th on Stream.cz.

The director of popular crime shows (Mordparta, Případy 1. oddělení, Četníci z Luhačovic) and the movies Čára and Trhlina, Peter Bebjak has made his first short online series with eight episodes of about twelve minutes each.

“I like stories about an alternate reality in which I can create a world however I like. A post-apocalyptic world without adults needs to feel authentic and you have to consider what it would look like. How would a community of children work. Which habits, knowledge and skills they’d carry with them; what would be their formative experiences and how and at what cost they’d try to survive. All that is very interesting work: taking the screenwriters’ original ideas and making them come to life,” says director Peter Bebjak.

“Thanks to its topic and production values, The Spot has a good chance of succeeding abroad. Peter Bebjak’s online debut shows an unflattering but appealing vision – the end of a part of civilization. Seznam together with DNA Production also wants to try to offer the series outside the Czech Republic, where Peter Bebjak has already had one major success – his series Spravedlnost (Justice) was bought by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s production company,” says Daniel Strejc, the head of drama shows at Stream.cz.

CREW

CREW

DIRECTOR
Peter Bebjak
SCREENPLAY
Peter Nagy
Zuzana Dzurindová
CINEMATOGRAPHY
Martin Žiaran
MUSIC
Tomáš Balák
STARRING
Josef Trojan
Jan Nedbal
Anastasia Chocholatá
Adam Joura
Miroslav Sabadin
Bára Horčičková
Josefína Krycnerová
Matěj Havelka
Michaela Pecháčková
Jan Maršál