The Czech film Ordinary Failures was screened in the Cinema of the World category at IFFI 53 – Odisha Diary

“The idea of ​​making Common Mistakes (Czech title: Běžná selhání) was founded during the COVID19 pandemic. The pandemic has disrupted people’s normal lives, which has helped us see reality and our script side by side,” said Cristina Grosan, the film’s director. She interacted with the media and festival delegates at one of the “Table Talks” sessions organized by PIB today, November 25, 2022, on the sidelines of the festival in Goa. The film was screened yesterday in IFFI 53’s Cinema of the World category.

said Cristina Grosan Common mistakes follows the story of three women grappling with their imperfect existence when a strange, natural phenomenon invades their everyday lives and invites them to look up.

Producer Marek Novak said he would categorize Common mistakes as an art house film and the current film market scenario in the Czech Republic and in Europe in general supports such films and the public also supports it. He added that the film is a co-production of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy and Slovakia through crowdfunding.

When asked about gender parity and films made by women in the OTT generation, Cristina said the situation is slowly improving and women are getting more opportunities. She added that she is happy with her job and would encourage more women to pursue filmmaking.

When asked if the film only appeals to women, Cristina Grosan said that she aimed the film at the general population rather than a specific section of society. Producer Novak added that the majority of cinema-goers and culture consumers in the Czech Republic are women.

Cristina Grosan was also enthusiastic about it Common mistakes was very well received by the younger and older audience. She was pleasantly surprised to receive more questions and feedback from the older viewers who had seen the film at IFFI53.

Common mistakes is a visually arresting drama set in a very near future where time seems to be running out on this earth, forcing the three protagonists to stop and reconnect with themselves. There are three stories running parallel to each other, the characters seem to be facing their fate with relative composure, perhaps sensing in these strange natural phenomena an opportunity to make things the way they are meant to be and a chance for a fresh start in a world falling apart.

About the film

Directed by Cristina Grosan

Producer: Marek Novak

Screenplay: Klara Vlasáková

Camera: Mark Győri

Publisher: Anna Mueller

Cast: Tatjana Medvecká, Beáta Kaňoková, Nora Klimešová, Vica Kerekes, Adam Berka, Rostislav Novák Jr., Jana Stryková, Luboš Veselý

2022 | Czech/Hungarian/Italian/Slovak | color | 84 minutes.


A misfit teenager, a concerned mother and a new widow find their day interrupted by a mysterious natural phenomenon. As their world descends into chaos, the three women struggle to find their place in life.

Director: Cristina Grosan was born on July 26, 1987 in Arad, Romania. She is a writer and director known for Along Came a Prince (2020), Bezná selhání (2022) and Holiday at the Seaside (2013).


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