DURACFILM (Prague based) is dedicated to high-end international creative documentaries, fiction films and series that combine an artistic approach with a passion for the subject and personal commitment to the protagonists.
THE FRAGILE BEAUTY OF MASCULINITY
(in development, drama, Fiction feature film, dir. Andrea Culkova)
Adam wants to have it all, a square dose of adrenalin that boosts his testosterone as well as an easy life in a tuneful marriage with a loving wife and two daughters. But life is simple. No one has it all.
Adam and Iva are together for over 20 years, married with two girls. Everything in their lives would have been just stereotypically ordinary if Adam wasn’t craving to satisfy his thirst for testosterone demonstration more often than it is sustainable. Over the course of their marriage Iva has learned to swim in this pool of aimless risks and macho gestures. Often neglected as a woman she remains in this relationship because Adam is simply the love of her life, or because it’s just too late to question the choice she’s once made. Iva forgives him everything. Even a nasty accident on a motorbike, that costs him one leg. But despite of the ordinary appearances something is cooking deep inside. Iva cleverly manipulates Adam so the family moves into a big house in spite they can barely afford it. This is when he starts to feel the midlife crisis, that forces him to take part in a Primus Winter Rally in Norway where he has yet another stupid and unnecessary almost deadly accident. After a couple of months when he is finally capable of transport Adam finds himself in a rehabilitation facility where Iva works as a nurse. Unable to move and barely able to speak he sees his wife for the first time as someone who clearly is an object of every patient’s liquid dream. While slowly loosing hope that he will ever be able to walk again Adam starts to fall in love with Iva again, whereas Iva slowly starts to see herself differently and realizes that her inner change is inevitable. When Adam’s shit hits the fan one more time in a scale that is more damaging than ever, Iva with her newly gained freedom, different perspective and the house she has always dreamed of at stake, decides not to take any more chances…
Adam (41) wants his masculinity back! He is a medical rescuer and is fighting with his second severe injury in his men's life. Is this finally painful chance for Adam to learn "something" and make meaningful changes in his entire life or is there no chance to step out from his behavioral pattern based on traditional masculine role? He lives for his motorcycle. It was the motorcycle that always helped him run away from his problems, and it’s the motorcycle that, even now, he’s been shaken to the core, gives him strength. Iva (39) has learned to live with Adam as an eternal child, and she wants to continue sacrificing herself for him and their children, even as he gradually pulls her under water. She knows that without her Adam would be finished. But will she make it? Could her love bear all these hard tests?