Experiencing Interruptions?

Why so Sirius?

An Eastern Europe Dark comedy from Czech Republic.

No help anywhere, no signal. Too far to reach anywhere on foot. Two scared women, one of which ran over the husband of the other, will sooner or later have to deal with a situation in which no tested procedures apply. No natural patterns of behaviour. A black comedy about the absurdity of human interaction. About life and death. About cars, misunderstanding and a little bit about LARP.

Grand Prix (Filmovka Fest Písek 2018)
Best Screenplay (Filmovka Fest Písek 2018)
Best Editing (Filmovka Fest Písek 2018)
Audience Award (iShorts 2019)

  • Karel Šindelář
  • Karel Šindelář
  • Albert Otevřel
  • Martina Šindelářová
    Key Cast
  • Marie Turková
    Key Cast
  • Tomáš Turek
    Key Cast
  • Jaroslav Kostelník
    Director of Photography
  • Adam Axamit
    Sound Design
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Why so Sirius?
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Tragicomedy, Dark comedy, Dramedy
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 10, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Czech Republic
  • Country of Filming:
    Czech Republic
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Arri Alexa,
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Filmovka Fest Písek 2018
    Czech Republic
    Grand Prix, Best Screenplay, Best Editing
  • goEast Film Festival 2019
    April 12, 2019
    RheinMain Short Film Award - Official selection
  • Zlín Fest
    Czech Republic
    May 28, 2019
    Zlínský Pes
  • FEST - New Directors, New Films Festival
    Nexxt - Official Selection
  • iShorts
    Czech Republic
    May 8, 2019
    Winner of main price (audience voting)
  • Slavonice Fest
    Czech Republic
    August 1, 2019
    Best student film
Director Biography - Karel Šindelář

Karel is a director, writer and editor. Was born in Czech Republic. Studied Czech Language and Literature (1 year), Multimedial Techniques (2 years) and The Film Academy of Miroslav Ondříček (3 years). He directed, wrote and edited 7 short films from which 5 of them are tragicomedies.

He took part in shooting various documentaries, which took him for example to Argentina, USA, Iraq and Syria, or to the Canary Islands. He already won 7 festival prizes with his short films. Now lives happily married in Prague.

EMAIL: sindelar.karel7@gmail.com
PHONE: 00420 774039083
COUNTRY: Czech Republic
SCHOOL: FAMO (Film Academy od Miroslav Ondricek)

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Director Statement

The idea first came to me in the spring of 2018. I often spend my time imagining how I would really behave in various uncomfortable situations. It is fun for me, because these situations are usually awkward and almost unsolvable. Once I thought about a situation in which I would run over somebody’s loved one (a husband for instance). What would I do? I presume I’d call the emergency. But what would I do before they’d arrive at the scene? Apologize to the survivor? How long can you actually apologize to somebody? And what if there’d be no reception and no ambulance would arrive? Would we start talking in a while? Would we carry the deceased loved one off the road? Or would we avoid even looking at each other? Would it be awkward, or sad? And then I thought it is a situation, which I have not experienced even in a film. As an audience member I have always seen big time-shifts, which eliminated these awkward moments. A crash, cut, the ambulance arrives. The paramedics in these films helped the characters to avoid communicating with one another. But what if I made a film in which the characters enter a situation in which they have to communicate? What if I place the accident on a lonely road with no reception or a functioning car? How will they react? Sooner or later they will have to work together. But what will they say to one another? Sorry? So I tried to put it on paper and to my great surprise it ended up being a black comedy. It’s because life is a black comedy. Only no one laughs at it in real life.