Czech espionage drama THE SLEEPERS arrives at SBS On Demand


The Sleepers is an espionage drama that takes place at the end of 1989 as the Soviet Empire was crumbling.

In the midst of the Velvet Revolution, which brought 40 years of Moscow’s dominance to an end, an ordinary woman gets caught between the two worlds of State Security and the dissidents.

She is gradually forced to uncover unexpected secrets kept by both.

The story begins in London, October 1989 – married couple Marie (Tatiana Pauhofova) and Viktor (Martin Mysicka), who defected from Czechoslovakia under dramatic circumstances 12 years ago are on their way to Prague. Marie, a professional violinist longs to see her family again, but Viktor’s motives are less clear.

Both definitely anticipate that after the political turmoil in East Germany, Hungary and Poland, the winds of change will soon sweep across Czechoslovakia as well.

But it doesn’t take long for them to realize that time hasn’t yet arrived. After an unexpected turn of events, Marie lies unconscious in a hospital, and Viktor has disappeared without a trace.

Worried and distressed, she ends up alone, in a country she doesn’t understand anymore, and which doesn’t understand her.

In Czech with English subtitles.

The Sleepers – Australian Premiere Thursday, 18 March 2021 on SBS On Demand (all six episodes available to stream)

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