– The Boy Scouts, a cult of the Grail Movement, pedophiles and Azerbaijan are embroiled in a weirder than fictional child abuse case, dramatized in the miniseries to be directed by Olmo Omerzu
attachment theory showrunners Olmo Omerzu (left) and Radovan Síbrt
Crime is one of the most frequently seen genres on Czech small screens and has an established tradition behind it. Recently, true crime series have been gaining traction on local VoD service Voyo, including the recent original miniseries Roubal case revolves around one of the most brutal Czech serial killers. Indeed, the streamer has already staged another series, Guru (see the news), based on real facts, about a fake guru abusing his students. The growing national appetite for true crime audiovisual content will be sated with an ambitious mini-series about the most bizarre Czech criminal case of all time, under the title attachment theory, which has just been selected for the Berlinale series co-production market (read the news).
Shockwaves swept through the Czech public when the case of a mother who abused her seven-year-old son in their basement made headlines in 2007 and 2008. The divorced woman in question took care of her two sons while adopting a 13-year-old autistic daughter. After police began investigating the case, it turned out the 13-year-old was actually a 33-year-old music composer, who turned out to be the driving force behind a ring of manipulations and incredibly extensive abuse. Additional findings pushed the case into stranger-than-fiction territory, involving the Boy Scouts, a cult of the Grail Movement, pedophiles and Azerbaijan.
“The case is so complicated that the most likely explanation seems to be the existence of a pedophile network linked to the Grail Movement which attempted to create a mythical pure being”, explains Miro Sifra, a screenwriter who wrote all eight episodes with Lucie Vankova. attachment theory will follow the mother, Klára, who abused her own children; his jealous sister, Kateřina; and Barbora, the woman who infiltrated the family by posing as a child. Šifra says that after these three characters met, they set off “a mad chain of events culminating, to quote the court psychologist,” in a mother’s instinct warped into a perverted state of mind. “.”
Slovenian-born, Prague-based filmmaker Olmo Omerzu (who is also working on the drama-thriller Ungrateful beings – see the news) has been selected to direct the mini-series, his first to date, and he will also be the showrunner of the series with Radovan Sibrt (Do not touch me [+see also:
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Attachment Theory will focus more on the psychology of women in crisis, rather than chasing down criminals, and the series is described as being “about three strong women with strange desires”. Simultaneously, Síbrt is also developing a documentary film under the working title Saint Barbara, about the same case, written by Marek Sindelka and Vojtech Masek, and set to be led by Martin Marecek (On the hills [+see also:
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Producer and showrunner Radovan Síbrt has confirmed to Cineuropa that principal filming is scheduled for 2024, with the miniseries initially scheduled for the first half of 2024. Síbrt revealed that they will be looking for potential co-producers at the Berlinale, focusing in particular on the Nordic countries (part of the story takes place in Norway) and television pre-purchases.
attachment theory is produced by Prague-based creative production company Pink.