‘A standout on a global scale.’
Hany is a debut feature film by Room One Films Director, Michal Samir. This film was produced by Barletta in the Czech Republic in 2014 and earned a nationwide release in cinemas. Shot seemingly in one continues take (before Birdman and Victoria) it was both praised and punished by critics. Although it divided audiences at home, it received widespread acclaim internationally. A surprise win at Oldenburg IFF in Germany, triumphing over films from Berlinale and Toronto, Hany went on a surprising and rewarding winning streak, claiming Grand Prix and Best Shot at Golden Eye IFF, Tbilisi, Georgia, as well as Best Cinematography for Martin Ziaran by the Czech Film Critics Awards amongst others.
Room One’s Training Director, James Kemp, gave a masterclass to the actors during the rehearsal period and was present for the shoot itself. Through his position as ‘actor supervisor’ he was the director’s right hand, ensuring his vision for the performances was followed. The shoot consisted of three consecutive nights work and given that the cast was some hundred actors strong, James’ help was invaluable.
The story takes place during a single evening in and around a literary bar in the middle of Prague. Each one of the main characters has arrived at the bar for a different reason: one just to have fun, another looking for love, the third is simply drunk and confused. The climax is a violent street riot that uncovers the characters’ true selves and unmasks the disturbing but also humane nature of each and every one of us.