An Innocent Man - Viktor Polesný - Czech Republic

An Innocent Man (Czech Republic, 2016) by Eurochannel

An Innocent ManAn Innocent Man

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Interview with Karel Hermanek

Context: The Hilsner Affair in Brief

Interview with Viktor Polesny

An Innocent Man (Zločin v Polné, 2016)
Czech Republic

Director: Viktor Polesný
Cast: Jaroslav Plesl, Karel Heřmánek jr., Gabriela Míčová
Genre: Drama, thriller
Episodes: 2
Length: 76’


A young girl returns to her house unaware of the danger around her. Her town is small and safe. One tragic day, she is brutally murdered and bleed to death. The case triggered the largest wave of antisemitism in the country and one of the most famous court cases in the early 1900s in Europe. Eurochannel premieres An Innocent Man, a thrilling miniseries about a case of miscarriage of justice.

Based on true events, An Innocent Man takes viewers inside a riveting, high-stakes criminal case where reputation is everything and things are never as they appear. It follows the trial and conviction of Leopold Hilsner, of the most harrowing judicial chapters of injustice in Europe. One fateful day a 19-year-old woman is killed, her throat is slashed, and she is assaulted. When there is no viable suspect, authorities and the public start a theory against Hilsner, and with it, a wave of anti-Semitism that marked a dark chapter.

Divided in two exciting parts, this miniseries detective thriller goes beyond the murder and the case of Hilsner but also plunges into the reflection of a social phenomenon and the weaknesses of a poor intelligence service that led by the wrong people let whole society down. More importantly, this series invites us all to reflect on the present of anti-Semitism and xenophobia across the world.

Eurochannel welcomes you to the turn of the 19th century to discover why a man was framed for one of the most heinous murders in history, and why this case was only solved only a century later when nobody could save Hilsner anymore.

Part 1:

A dead girl is found dead on the road between two towns. It's Easter and antisemitism grows in a town. A man called Leopold Hilsner is arrested.

Part 2:

A trial begins against Hilsner. This will become the most famous case in the history of the country.

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