Czechoslovakia, the gray 1980s. Teenage Anna is a top sprinter and her trainer thinks she can go all the way to the Olympics. Her mother is also pinning her hopes on Annas success, seeing it as an opportunity for her daughter to live in the free world beyond the Iron Curtain. This vision is so strong that she willingly supports the doping program the communist regime is testing on her daughter although her health will clearly suffer. Unfolding gradually, Fair Play may be a tale of fiction but it shines a light on historically-based demands made by the regime, and when they concerned a loved one it was difficult to ignore them. In addition to her powerful, unromanticized evocation of the era that avoids becoming an ostentatious stream of period props, the director succeeds in putting forward a universal story of adolescent fragility without resorting to melodrama. Although ostensibly about sports, this film presents a depiction of relationships and their complications.
Andrea Sedlackova (b. 1967, Prague) is a Czech movie and television director, screenwriter, and editor. She studied screenwriting at Pragues Film Academy (FAMU), continuing her training in editing and direction after emigrating to France at La Fémis in Paris (1990-93). For Czech Television she has shot documentaries (e.g. "What Did You Do in November?", 1994) and made-for-TV movies (e.g. "A Beautiful Time", 2006). During her time in France she has been engaged mainly as an editor: her cutting work on "Welcome" (2008) was nominated for a César, and "Joyeux Noël" (2005) was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Both her previous features, "Victims and Murderers" (2000) and "Seducer" (2002), screened at KVIFF, while her latest film, Fair Play, will compete for the Crystal Globe. She resides in both France and the Czech Republic, and at present, she is preparing an adaptation of Josef kvoreckýs The Cowards.