In the Shadow of the horse was in preparation for several years before director David Ondříček began shooting in March of 2011. Post-production is currently underway, and the premiere is planned for September 13, 2012. The original screenplay for this crime drama, set amid dramatic events of the 1950s, was written by Marek Epstein, holder of a number of prestigious awards (the Hartley-Merrill Prize, several Sazka Awards) and author of the screenplays for the Czech films Roming and Václav, for which he and Jiří Vejdělek won the Best Screenplay award at the Shanghai IFF and were nominated for a Czech Lion.The high financial demands of making such a film meant that producers David Ondříček and Kryštof Mucha had to seek funding at home and abroad. “Kryštof Mucha and I spent four years getting the finances together. We postponed the film twice, and Marek Epstein wrote seventeen versions of the screenplay,” says David Ondříček of the efforts involved in making In the Shadow of the horse. “If I were to have to go through it all again, I’d say no. That makes In the Shadow of the horse all the more a challenge – for me, and for everyone who has been involved.“ In the Shadow of the horse came about as a Czech-Slovak-Polish-Israeli coproduction. The producers are David Ondříček (Lucky Man Films) and Kryštof Mucha, the co-producers are Jacek Naglowski and Agnieszka Janowska from the Polish production company Centrala Film, and Patrik Pašš of Trigon Production represents Slovakia. Other co-producers include Ehud Bleiberg-Bleiberg Entertainment, the company RWE, Barrandov Studio and Avion Film. The main partner is TV Nova and the media partner is HBO.

Production was possible thanks to the State Fund for the Support and Development of Czech Cinematography as well as the European fund Eurimages, without whose financial support In the Shadow of th horse could not have been made. It was also supported by the City of Prague and the Polish Film Institute. “From the outset, we tried to create a big European project on which representatives of Central European cinematography – Czech, Poland, Slovakia and Germany – would join forces, both in terms of financing and casting, or as members of the central crew,“ says producer Kryštof Mucha. “In the Shadow of the horse offers not only an attractive detective plot set in a real time and place, but first and foremost it is a powerful story about seeking out the truth without compromises, and I am sure that this will allow the film to find favour among international audiences as well,” the producer adds.

In the Shadow of the horse was shot in March and April of 2011, the premiere is planned for September 13, 2012. It will be released in Czech cinemas by Falcon. Internationally, the film is represented by Bleiberg Entertainment, which holds the rights for its global release. The fact that a contract for worldwide release could be signed even before filming began has given the creators the security needed for the future of the project as a whole.