Lea is a Czech drama film. It was released in 1997.

Directed byIvan Fila
Produced byIvan Fila
Eliska Sekavova
Herbert Rimbach
StarringLenka Vlasakova
Christian Redl
Hanna Schygulla
Miroslav Donutil
Music byPetr Hapka
Release date
  • 1997 (1997)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryCzech Republic/France/Germany


Lea witnesses her mother's rape and murder by her father as a child and because of it speaks very little and writes poems to her mother. Lea then grows up with foster parents in a different part of Slovakia. Strehlow buys Lea, now aged 21, from her foster father and imprisons her in a castle in Germany, using the same tools Lea's father used to control Lea as a child and to kill Lea's mother. As Strehlow learns more of Lea's past, he permits her to continue writing to her mother. Lea dies of a stroke within a year of living with Strehlow.



1997 Angers European First Film Festival
1997 Brussels International Film Festival
  • Won Audience Award
  • Won Crystal Star Award for Best European Feature
Cinequest San Jose Film Festival
  • Won Best Feature Award
  • Nominated for Maverick Spirit Award
1998 Czech Lions
1996 European Film Awards
  • Nominated European Film Award for Best Young Film
1997 German Film Awards
  • Nominated Gold Film Award for Outstanding Feature Film
1998 USA Golden Globe
  • Nominated Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film
1997 London Film Festival
  • Won Satyajit Ray Award
1997 Max Ophüls Festival
  • Won Audience Award
1997 Sochi International Film Festival
  • Won FIPRESCI Prize
1997 Stockholm Film Festival
  • Nominated Bronze Horse Award
1997 Venice Film Festival
  • Won OCIC Award in Honorable Mention

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