Marlene Film Production

Marlene’s first film was The Storyteller (Pohádkář, 2014) by director Vladimír Michálek, which received 4 nominations for the Czech Lion and 1 nomination for the Czech Film Critics Award. Our next was Jiří Strach’s fairy tale Angel of the Lord 2 (Anděl Páně 2, 2016), had an astonishing 8.2 million viewers (of which 1.3 million in cinemas) and received 6 nominations for the Czech Lion. Our third, Charlatan was directed by the world-famous Polish director Agnieszka Holland, written by Marek Epstein (writer of Prague Spring) and had its world premiere at the Berlinale Film Festival in the prestigious Special Gala section in February 2020. It was selected as the Czech Academy film entry. In a brief release in August 2020, it got over 250 000 admissions and broke box office records. Since then, it has been released in France, Germany, the UK, Slovakia, Spain, Netherlands, and in the USA. It made it to the shortlist of the world’s fifteen best non-English language films nominated for the Oscar Academy Award 2021. As its producer, Sarka received the Czech Lion award for the best film of 2020 (the film won among others 3 Czech Lions out of 14 nominations and 2 Czech Film Critics Awards out of 5 nominations). 

Co-produced by Marlene Film Production, GREEN BORDER won the Special Jury Prize (2023) in Venice and has been screened at more than 50 film festivals worldwide. The company is currently developing several other film projects, including The Magician with director Andrew Levitas and Prague Spring with director Peter Bebjak. At the end of 2023, producer Šárka Cimbalová and director Agnieszka Holland will start work on a new feature film Franz, inspired by the important figure of Czech and world literature, the writer Franz Kafka.

Šárka Cimbalová


Šárka is a film producer. She has been working in the film industry since 1990. She has worked for production companies focusing on foreign production in the Czech Republic Etamp Film and Etic Film - e.g. Hart's War, The Brothers Grimm, Oliver Twist, Harrison's Flowers, Snow White: A Tale of Terror, The Affair of the Necklace and Hannibal. In 2013, she co-founded the production company Marlene Film Production, which produced the film The Storyteller by Vladimír Michálek and Angel of the Lord 2 by Jiří Strach. In 2020, she launched the film Charlatan, directed by Agnieszka Holland. The film was shortlisted for the world's 15 best foreign language films nominated for an Oscar in 2021. As its producer, she and Kevan van Thompson took over Czech Lion Award for Best Film in 2020 (the film won 3 Czech Lion Awards out of 14 nominations and 2 Czech Film Critics’ Awards out of 5 nominations).

Marika Karvánková

Marika Karvánková

line producer

Marika has been involved in film and television production since 2005. During her studies, she worked as an assistant on several Czech television films and TV shows. Shortly after graduating from the Miroslav Ondříček Film Academy in Písek, she decided to continue her studies in Los Angeles, California, where she developed her skills as a producer and production manager in commercials, short films and music videos. Since 2011, she has been living in Prague and cooperates with major production companies as a production manager and line producer, primarily for the production of commercials locally as well as travel around the world. In the last few years, she has mainly devoted herself to the development of the Czech feature film. She cooperates with Marlene Film Production on film Charlatan, Madame President and is also involved in other projects that the company is currently developing. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
Zuzana  Janák

Zuzana Janák

public relations manager

Zuzana has been working in the field of cultural marketing and PR for more than 15 years. She worked as the head of the production of student films at FAMU, and represented the films of many young Czech talents nominated at Cannes, the Czech Lion and the Czech Film Critics Awards. She worked in the press department of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for more than 13 years. She participates in marketing, PR and SoMe strategies. As a PR manager, she collaborated on the films In the Shadow, The Storyteller, Angel of the Lord 2, Lost in Munich, A Prominent Patient, The Interpreter and more than twenty others.




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